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Chicago’s West Loop Then and Now

ONLINE EVENT

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 7:00pm CST

 

The transformation of Chicago’s West Loop over time has been nothing less than captivating. Vacant parking lots, once home to Vaudeville acts, became glossy 19-story apartments. Empty buildings that once housed cutlery stores, meat packing rooms, printing companies, and multi-level office buildings have been demolished- common brick by common brick.  Some of these bakery supply buildings (or other businesses) have been re-purposed into opulent condos, luxury sofa stores, or restaurants with owner-chefs calling upstairs home. 

What once was a manufacturing and wholesale warehouse area in the late 1890s to the 1950s, a fashionable place to live on Ashland Avenue for the “movers and shakers “of Chicago, and later Skid Row on Madison Street, is again where people want to live, work, and play.

Author Connie Fairbanks developed a special love of history reading the We Were There books, which led to her fascination with the history of Chicago’s West Loop. She is the author of the 2007 cookbook, Scratch That: Seasonal Menus and Perfect Pairs.

 

Purchase Chicago’s West Loop Then and Now here.

$12 per person / $10 for members
Purchase Tickets

Old St. Patrick’s Church Encore Group

Sunday, February 19, 2023
Presentation and book signing 

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Chicago History Museum
Member’s Only Event

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 6:00 pm

 
Author Talk | Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now

Delve into the history of Chicago’s West Loop with local author and
historian Connie Fairbanks in conversation with WTTW host Geoffrey Baer as they discuss Fairbanks’s new book, Chicago’s West Loop: Then and Now (2022).

 

What once was a manufacturing and wholesale warehouse area from the late 1890s to the 1950s, a fashionable place to live on Ashland Avenue for the “movers and shakers “of Chicago, and later Skid Row on Madison Street is again where we want to live, work, and play.

Hear engaging and timeless stories by Fairbanks in a new 246-page book complete with a collection of more than 150 photos that capture the essence of this area’s transformation and brings you back in time in this most dynamic part of the city.

We highly encourage you to visit the CHM Store to purchase your own copy of Chicago's West Loop: Then and Now.

 

Connie Fairbanks will be available to sign copies at the event. 

This event is FREE and exclusive to members.

RSVP is required.

Chicago History Museum and

University of Illinois at Chicago Metro History Fair
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Connie Fairbanks will be a judge at this event (more details to follow)

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