October 6, 2015 6:00pm — 7:00pm

Inaugural Lecture
and Book Signing
with Dominic A. Pacyga, PhD

Engaging Chicago: Telling the City’s History


Today’s Chicago is a global city. It is marked not only by its financial ties to the international marketplace, but also by its academic, ethnic, and cultural ties across the world. This presentation will give an overview of Chicago’s history with an emphasis on the ethnic, economic, and social history of the region. Pacyga will discuss the various immigrant waves that have created Chicago as a “City of Neighborhoods,” as well as itsslaughterhouse hires.jpg industrial development. In addition Dominic Pacyga will tie the city’s history to the larger historical experience both in the United States and across the globe. Dominic A. Pacyga is Professor of History at Columbia College and has written widely on Chicago’s history, including Chicago: A Biography (2009) and his most recent publication is Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015). Dr. Pacyga will be signing copies of his new book, Slaughterhouse, following the lecture; copies will be available for purchase.

about the program

Where: Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level - 400 S. State Street. Chicago, IL 60605

When: Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m.


What: Lecture followed by book signing

This program is being presented in conjunction with Raw Material: Uncovering Chicago's Historical Collections open to the public through November 15, 2015. The Special Collections Exhibit Hall will be open before and after the lecture.


Presented by Chicago Collections in collaboration with Chicago Public Library, this exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

  • Chicago Collections
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Public Library
  • The Gladys Krimble Delmas Foundation