The Encyclopedia of Chicago

by Ann Durkin Keating






The Encyclopedia of Chicago

by Ann Durkin Keating



  Ann Durkin Keating 








About the Book


The Encyclopedia of Chicago is the “definitive historical reference” on metropolitan Chicago, filled with facts, figures, timelines, maps, and photos. More than a decade in the making, with more than 1400 entries in the main alphabetical section, the Encyclopedia covers hundreds of subjects: essays, biographies, organizations, locations, schools, and so much more. Of course, the book includes an entry about Batavia, contributed by local author Marilyn Robinson, and suggests other books about Batavia for further reading.


About the Editors


James R. Grossman is vice president for research and education at the Newberry Library and visiting professor of history at the University of Chicago.

Ann Durkin Keating is a professor of history at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.

Janice L. Reiff is associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.




Behind the Scenes at The Encyclopedia of Chicago

Ann Durkin Keating, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago, offered a glimpse at the 15 years of behind-the-scenes work that resulted in the publication of the Encyclopedia. Keating is a professor of history at North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.


Hollywood on Lake Michigan

From Charlie Chaplin to the Blues Brothers, from big Hollywood names to feisty independent filmmakers, Chicago is a blockbuster in the world of movies. Arnie Bernstein, author of Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago and the Movies, provided a fascinating look at the Windy City’s rich cinematic history.


Millennium Park Unveiled: Exploring the Architecture and Public Art of Chicago’s New Attraction

This lecture, presented by art historian Jeff Mishur, featured a discussion of the development of Millennium Park and some of its central features including: the Frank O. Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge; Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture; Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain; and the Lurie Garden.


True Chicagoland Ghost Stories

Halloween came early to Batavia. Dale Kaczmarek, author of Windy City Ghosts, told true Chicago ghost stories, such as “Resurrection Mary,” and stories about notable places like Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Hull House, Mount Carmel Cemetery, and many others during this slide presentation.


A Chicago World's Fair to Remember: The World's Columbian Expositionof 1893

Dr. Suzanne L. Epstein, art historian, presented a slide-illustrated lecture on the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. This World’s Fair was so spectacular that it attracted over 27 million people from all over the world during its six-month run. Epstein focused on the splendid architecture of the Fair, its exquisitely landscaped setting, and major sculptural works at the Fair. Slides of the interiors and the fascinating contents of many of the Fair’s buildings were shown.


Books Between Bites—Best Chicago Histories, Past & Present

Chicago Tribune senior writer Rick Kogan discussed past books that paint a rich history of Chicago, in addition to recent literature and his own personal experiences and knowledge.


Book DiscussionThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

This engrossing book interweaves the fascinating story of the building of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago with the creepy true tale of serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes. The story alternates between the architects’ challenges and the murderer’s crimes.


One Book, One Batavia 2005 was presented by the Batavia Public Library and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.