In Chicago, as in cities across human history, water has been a central part of everyday life. Water is needed for basic needs like drinking, sanitation and fire protection, but urbanites in cities like Chicago have also looked to water as an economic resource: for transportation and for industrial operations. Water also provides scenic space in cities and offers rich recreational resources. This seminar will explore the human connection that turned lakes and waterways of the Chicago region into resources for everyday life, industry, recreation, and transportation, and made water a focal point of social conflict and negotiation.
Seminar led by Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College and Sarah Marcus, Independent Scholar