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Every city has its foundational stories. In this talk, CAC Program Director Hallie Rosen discusses Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline with author and CAC docent Ellen Shubart, which chronicles the city’s growth from trading post to global metropolis.

May 26, 2021
12:00 pm
$8 public
FREE for CAC members
$8 students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)


Sprouting up along a swampy slow-moving river in a sea of prairie grass, Chicago is an unexpected success story. From its inauspicious start as a trading post, an emerging transportation and manufacturing hub took shape becoming a magnet for immigrants seeking jobs and a better life. With vignettes and vivid photography, Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline depicts the journey from frontier outpost to megacity. Program attendees can purchase Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline through Barbara’s Bookstores. Use the Code ‘EVENT’ and receive a 10% discount.

This program is supported by a gift of the Gary family in memory of Myra Gary and in honor of the Docents’ 50th Anniversary.

Presenter: Ellen Shubart

Ellen ShubartA lifelong Chicagoan, CAC docent Ellen Shubart spent more than two decades as a journalist, taught at the college level and ended her career as an advocate for sustainable city planning. A historian by training, with advanced degrees in U.S. history and historic preservation, she has written four books all with an emphasis on the history of the city of Chicago: What’s With Chicago?, Images of America: Glencoe, Illinois, Taylor Street, Chicago’s Little Italy and, most recently, Chicago: An Illustrated Timeline.