Chicago’s Restaurants: Past, Present, and Future | Newberry

Chicago’s Restaurants: Past, Present, and Future

Led by Jean Iversen. Four sessions, 1 – 3 pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Saturdays, April 6 – April 27

1 – 3 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.50

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Seminar Description

A seminar on Chicago food that doesn’t include deep dish pizza or hot dogs? You bet! Led by author Jean Iversen, this seminar will examine Chicago’s culinary presence primarily through its restaurants, which will serve as the lens through which we will view evolving local tastes, trends, and demographics. We will explore the histories of Chicago neighborhoods and famous Chicago foods (like flaming saganaki and the jibarito). By examining Chicago’s culinary past and present, we will also try to imagine the city’s gustatory future. This will include a culinary tour of Pilsen. The first session will meet at the Newberry.
Four sessions. E - $185, L - $203.50

Jean Iversen is the author of Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods and BYOB Chicago.

Materials List


  • Jean Iversen, Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods, Northwestern University Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-0810136717
  • A course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time. *Please note that you can obtain the electronic copy of the course packet for no additional cost.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read chapter 4-6 of Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods.

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