November 14, 2023 6:00pm

A Discussion with Ryan Chester Author of Chicago Reflected : A Skyline Drawing from the Chicago River

In March 2020, architect Ryan Chester began drawing the Chicago River for at least one hour every day. Using only a pen, he moved methodically along a single massive roll of paper. As each chaotic, isolating day of the COVID-19 pandemic passed, he stayed connected with his adopted city by carefully … Read More >

November 7, 2023 6:00pm

CCC Welcomes Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias

Chicago Collections Consortium is proud to welcome Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Alexi Giannoulias for a discussion on the critical role libraries play in our communities and how the Secretary of State’s office is dedicated to the fight against book censorship in our libraries. Read More >

November 6, 2023 6:30pm

Deborah Caldwell-Stone on Defending the Freedom to Read

Direct from the headlines and media screens comes news of the latest efforts to ban or restrict certain books from school and public libraries and even bookstores. Today’s challenges are new, but the effort to ban books has a long history. Please join us as we host Deborah Caldwell-Stone, JD, Di… Read More >

October 12, 2023 6:00pm

Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986: How Technology, Politics, Finance, and Race Reshaped the City

Join Thomas Leslie and Lee Bey as they discuss Leslie's new book, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986: How Technology, Politics, Finance, and Race Reshaped the City, with a focus on the skyscraper's role in the city’s politics, demographics, and expansion during the postwar era. Beyond achievements of… Read More >

October 4, 2023 6:00pm

A Discussion with Author Erik Rebain Arrested Adolescence: The Secret Life of Nathan Leopold

Join Chicago Collections Board Chair Ellen Keith, Director of Research and Access and Chief Librarian at the Chicago History Museum, in conversation with Erik Rebain, author of Arrested Adolescence: The Secret Life of Nathan Leopold. This groundbreaking new biography explores Nathan Leopold and his… Read More >

June 16, 2023 10:00am

CCC's Annual Meeting and WTTW's Geoffrey Baer

Go on a virtual treasure hunt with CCC's annual meeting speaker, public television host, and writer, Geoffrey Baer. Geoffrey has spent more than a quarter century unearthing Chicago’s hidden and surprising history and sharing it in feature-length documentaries on WTTW Channel 11. In this presentatio… Read More >