Forgotten Chicago 2018 Event & Tour Season
by Staff

Forgotten Chicago kicks off its 11th season of exclusive events with several all-new and free presentations throughout the Chicago area!

Evergreen Park Public Library: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library Albany Park Branch: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Westchester Public Library: Sunday, April 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Chicago Public Library Archer Heights Branch: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Evergreen Park Library Presentation



Realty & Building, 1959

Opening in 1952 and designed by Holabird & Root & Burgee, Evergreen Plaza was one of the most influential commercial projects ever constructed in the Chicago area. Closed in 2013 and documented and photographed extensively by Forgotten Chicago that same year, most of Evergreen Plaza was demolished in 2016.

Join Forgotten Chicago on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for an all-new presentation at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 South Troy in Evergreen Park. We will look at the interesting facets of the area, including ethnic history, overlooked neighborhood architecture, retail relics, and other oddities and remnants. Many historic and current photos and maps will be featured. Evergreen Plaza, opened in 1952 and mostly demolished in recent years, will also be discussed.

Due to space constraints, please register prior to the event.

Musical Instrument Manufacturing History Presentation



Jacob Kaplan

Join Forgotten Chicago on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a presentation focusing on Chicago’s musical instrument manufacturing history. While Chicago’s music heritage is relatively well known, it’s history of making the instruments that were used in many famous performances is less so. Everything from the Hammond B3 organ, to Ludwig drums, to Kimball pianos were made in the city and nearby suburbs.

Held at the Albany Park Branch Library, 3401 West Foster, this presentation will take a look at this fascinating history, why the industry located in Chicago and some of the physical remnants of this manufacturing heritage. The presentation will be illustrated with many historic photographs.

No registration is necessary; more information may be found here.

Westchester Library Presentation



Chicago Tribune, 1929

On Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., Forgotten Chicago is delighted to present for the first time in Westchester, at the Westchester Public Library (10700 Canterbury Street). Using historic photos and maps, this presentation will discuss everything from industrial and ethnic history to overlooked neighborhood architecture to retail relics and other oddities, including Westchester’s outsized role in the 1920s housing bubble. Additionally, this presentation will offer tips and advice on researching your own home and neighborhood, and all attendees will have a chance to win an official Bicentennial flag and other prizes!

Due to space constraints, please register by calling the library at (708) 562-3573

Southwest Side & Archer Heights Presentation



Jacob Kaplan

On Monday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Archer Heights Branch Library (5055 South Archer), Jacob Kaplan will give an all-new presentation on the overlooked history of the Southwest Side and suburbs, including Archer Heights and surrounding communities. Industrial history, residential developments and other interesting facets of the area will be discussed. The presentation will also include ethnic history, overlooked neighborhood architecture, retail relics, and other oddities and remnants. Many historic and current photos and maps will be featured, including the Chicago Steel Service Company building, as seen above.

Due to space constraints, free registration is required here.

Forgotten South Loop & South State Street Presentation


Forgotten Chicago is honored to present for the first time at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 South State Street) on Thursday, May 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in an all-new presentation. Covering the South Loop in general and the area around the Harold Washington Library Center and South State Street in particular, we will discuss the drastic changes this area has experienced over the past 70 years.


Realty & Building, 1953

Anticipating elements of the Brutalist style in Chicago by roughly a decade, this dramatically cantilevered concrete parking garage was originally designed by Albert R. Hauser and Emmanuel M. Feinstein in 1953, with the upper two floors added by noted architect Edward Dart in 1961. Often overlooked, this parking garage is in stark contrast to Adler & Sullivan’s Auditorium Building, completed 64 years earlier directly to the north.


Architectural Record, 1978

Historically home to train stations, vast rail yards, warehouses, printing plants and other manufacturing, the area nearby and south of the Harold Washington Library Center contrasts dramatically with neighborhoods north of the Loop. Skipping the well-known Levee District, this discussion will focus on the history and development of this area, as well as the curious relics and remnants of this fascinating area’s history and built environment.

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these all-new presentations!

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