Event—Adult Education

South of the Loop: Exploring Chicago's Neighborhoods on the Near South Side


Explore the rich history of Chicago’s South Loop in this interactive class.

Lake Front Park Development south of the "Loop," 1956. Daniel H. Burnham and the Chicago Regional Planning Association. Call number: folio W 999 .134

Class Description

This class will explore seven of Chicago’s neighborhoods on the Near South Side through a series of readings and walking tours. In each community, we will study the history and built environment, paying special attention to trends in residential and social life and the preservation and adaptive use of historic buildings.

Diane Dillon is a scholar in residence at the Newberry. She holds a PhD in the history of art from Yale University.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

Cost and Registration

Eight sessions, $320 ($288 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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