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Q&A with ‘Chicago’s Great Fire’ Author, Dr. Carl Smith

Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Members & guests–free. To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before the virtual event, a confirmation email will be sent to registered attendees with details to join via Zoom.

Join us to celebrate the rebuilding of Chicago on the 150th anniversary of the great fire of 1871!

Dr. Carl Smith, award-winning author and Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, will discuss his latest book, Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City. You will learn a wealth of new information about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the equally remarkable rebuilding, as well as the place of the fire in the city’s history.

Among his many award-winning books are Model Town of Pullman and The Plan of Chicago and Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (2006), which was the Chicago Public Library’s Fall 2009 selection for its “One Book, One Chicago” program.

Dr. Smith will be interviewed by Village member David Hiller. David is the former President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation who currently serves on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, Field Museum, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Thrive Chicago. He is a former lawyer who served as the publisher of the Chicago Tribune and LA Times.

The book can be purchased at Amazon, the Chicago History Museum, or your local independent bookstore.

This event is free to history lovers near and far, but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Please scroll down to register today!


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Thursday, December 2, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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