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Join this two-part book club for a discussion of William Cronon’s trailblazing environmental work. Nature's Metropolis looks at how 19th-century Chicago became a bustling commercial hub due to unique ecological and economic circumstances.

$50 public
$40 CAF members
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Readers are encouraged to bring their own copy of Nature's Metropolis. Book purchase is not included with Book Club registration fee. If you have any questions about the book or registration, please email

Book Club Facilitator: Paul Durica

Book Club Facilitator: Paul Durica

Paul Durica is a teacher, a writer and a public historian. Since 2008, he’s acted as producer on a series of interactive public history talks, walks and reenactments known as Pocket Guide to Hell. Durica has collaborated on programs with Chicago cultural institutions including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Chicago History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan and Lumpen. He is Director of Programs at Illinois Humanities and has taught classes on Chicago history at both Newberry Library and the University of Chicago.

  • Single ticket purchase includes both dates in the series, February 15 and 22, 2017.
  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $45 at the CAF Box Office.