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

Tuesday, February 21

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.

This free and exclusive event is for CHM members and Historical Alliance only.


While masks are appreciated and recommended, they are no longer required. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.

Views of buildings and people in Chicago's 'Skid Row' on West Madison Street before the area is razed for redevelopment with apartment and office buildings, Chicago, Illinois.
View of Meyer Litman & Co. eggs and poultry section, located at 953 West Fulton Market, Chicago, Illinois, September 29, 1955.

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21 st

6:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories