Chicago Neighborhoods: Then and Now | Newberry

Chicago Neighborhoods: Then and Now

Led by Julia Bachrach and Kathleen Dickhut. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursdays, February 15 - March 22

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Known as the “City of Neighborhoods,” Chicago is a tapestry of communities that are often in flux. This seminar explores the past, present, and future of three neighborhood clusters—Logan Square and Humboldt Park; Garfield Park to Fulton Market; and Englewood, Washington Park, and Grand Boulevard. Focusing on economic, environmental, social, and political factors while highlighting each area’s character, the seminar examines the history, current conditions, and latest urban plans for these fascinating communities. Six sessions.

Julia Bachrach is a consulting historian, preservationist, and author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks.
Kathleen Dickhut is the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability/Open Space at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the syllabus that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.