The young family lives in small apartment in Chicago. Big Walter has recently died, and there in a $10.000 life insurance check due to arrive soon. Walter hopes to use it for a liquor store, Beneatha hopes to use it foe medical school, and mama i not sure what she will do with it. Ruth falls ill at the end of the first scene, and it seems that she is pregnant.
Walter feels like no one is listening to him about his dream for liquor store. He want to get ahead somehow, but mama refuses give him the money to invest. instead, she goes out and buys a house in an all white neighborhood which might be dangerous.
After mama buys a house in Clybourne Park, she decides give Walter the remaining $6,500 to put aside for Beneatha's schooling, and to invest in the liquor store. The younger are visited by a man name Karl Lindner . who offers them significant amount of money to stay out of the neighborhood. They refuse
Bobo arrives at the apartment and tells Walter that Willy Harris took all off the money they gave him for the liquor store plan and took off. Worse, Walter never put aside the $3,000 he was supposed to put into the bank for beneatha's medical schooling.
Walter decides to call Lindner and accept his offer in order to recoup some of the money. Asagai arrives and invites Beneatha to marry him and move to Nigeria to be a doctor, which gives Beneatha new hope. Mama thinks that Walter’s willingness to make a deal with Lindner will eventually leave him with nothing inside.
Walter realizes that he cannot trade his pride for money, and tells Lindner to get lost. The younger leaves apartment in a celebratory mood, and Mama returns to grab her plant, which represents her dream of happy, content family in a home they can call their own.