Event—Adult Education

Exploring Chicago's Neighborhoods and Churches

This seminar will explore 10 of Chicago’s neighborhoods through a series of readings and walking tours. We will study the history of each neighborhood's initial settlement and its changing population and popularity in the years since.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $285
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $313.5

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

This seminar will explore 10 of Chicago's neighborhoods through a series of walking tours, enhanced by suggested readings and group discussions. We will study the history of each neighborhood's initial settlement and its changing population and popularity in the years since. We will examine the built environment—residential spaces, commercial and institutional architecture, infrastructure (streets, bridges, and other transportation systems), and landscape architecture—as well as each community's distinctive local traditions, from foods to educational spaces to athletic and cultural events. Special focus will be paid to religious institutions during this term’s iteration of this seminar, in keeping with the Newberry’s major project on Religious Change. The first session of this course will meet at the Newberry and all following sessions will take place outside and involve walking. Ten sessions.

Diane Dillon is Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects at the Newberry Library. She holds a PhD in the history of art from Yale University.

Materials List


  • There are no required material for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

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