The Evolution of Chicago: Winter 2024, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Norris University Center

The Evolution of Chicago given by Henry Binford, Professor Emeritus, History Tuesdays, explores major developments in the history of Chicago...

It emphasizes the relationship between national economic, social, and intellectual changes and the evolution of “Chicagoland” as a built environment and a place to live in. It examines the city and its suburbs from the period of EuroAmerican settlement through the turn of the twenty-first century. The lectures deal with developments of particular interest in business, politics, racial relations, and architecture. Among topics to be considered are the significance of Chicago in the early history of the middle west, the creation of the canal and the railroads, the construction of the Union Stock Yard and the model town of Pullman following the Civil War, “Progressive” responses to perceived urban problems, the formation of hypersegregated areas such as the “Black Belt,” and massive recent public projects, from highways to housing to parks.