Chicago’s Lakefront: A Rags to Riches Story | Newberry

Chicago’s Lakefront: A Rags to Riches Story

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


The Newberry

James Montgomery, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

What do Grant Park, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Jackson Park, South Shore Cultural Center, and Steelworkers Park all have in common? They all are located on Chicago’s lakefront. Chicago’s 27 miles of lakefront have undergone significant physical, social, and cultural transformations since the time of European exploration. This NTC seminar will examine these transformations and tumultuous histories, including (but not limited to) the murder of Eugene Williams on the Chicago lakefront in 1919, civil rights protests and the 1968 Democratic National Convention demonstrations, the open-air mass of Pope John Paul II, a visit by a young Queen Elizabeth II, and the site of festivals such as Lollapalooza and celebrations for the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, and president-elect Barack Obama.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at