Chicago’s Lakefront: A Rags to Riches Story

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.