March 27: Overlooked Lincolnwood Presentation
by Staff


Join Forgotten Chicago on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincolnwood Public Library for an all-new free presentation on the utterly unique history of Lincolnwood! Currently a pleasant tree-lined suburb just north of Chicago, Lincolnwood has a long, fascinating, and complicated past.

Top: Olcott’s Land Values Blue Book of Chicago, 1925 Bottom: Architectural Forum, 1940

Hiding in plain site, Lincolnwood’s history has been little studied and is rarely included in the narrative of Chicagoland. Known as Tessville from 1911 to 1936, Lincolnwood was once near the epicenter of Chicago’s spectacular housing bubble of the 1920s, as explored in a popular 2014 Forgotten Chicago feature.


Of course, no presentation on Lincolnwood would be complete without discussing the former Purple Hotel that opened in 1962 as the Hyatt House and designed by the renowned firm of Hausner & Macsai. Thriving as a North Suburban landmark for decades, the later history of this local institution never fails to fascinate. Additionally, the library will be raffling off a genuine purple brick from the hotel!

We hope to see you in Lincolnwood!


When? Wednesday March 27, 7 PM. Presentation will last about an hour with questions.

Where? Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W. Pratt, Lincolnwood. Free parking available.

How much? Free. Non-Lincolnwood residents are asked to register in advance for this free presentation.

More information? Call the library at (847) 677-5277.

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