Course Sessions
Fall 2 Term Begins
Oct 22


Understand the amazing evolution of one of America's largest and most historically significant cities. From the first contact between indigenous peoples and the French in the 17th century to the late 20th century election of the second Mayor Daley, this course focuses on Chicago’s social, economic and cultural development. Examine political organizations, ethnic diversity, racial divides, and the expansion of the economy as well as the impact of de-industrialization and technological innovation in order to better understand Chicago's place in the urban world.

Take a journey through Chicago’s most defining moments and how its people and the country were affected by its labor struggles, ethnic diversity and housing issues during the growth of this global city. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.

What will your learn in Evolution of Chicago: An Immigrant City:  

Week One:
-Native Americans and Early Settlements
-Early 19th Century
-Chicago on the Political State
-Assignment: Final Project Topic Selection

Week Two:
-Chicago Prepares for War
-Camp Douglas
-Union Stock Yards and Chicago Fire
-Assignment: Event Summary

Week Three:
-Chicago, the Radical Capital
-Pullman and Pullman Stroke
-Baseball in Chicago and The Loop
-Columbian Exposure
-Assignment: Event Summary

Week Four:
-The Settlement House Movement
-Amos Alonzo Stagg and the University of Chicago
-Chicago River
-Plan of Chicago
-Assignment: Event Summary

Week Five:
-World War I
-The Great Migration
-Race Riots
-Black Sox Scandal
-Assignment: Event Summary

Week Six:
-The Roaring Twenties in Chicago
-Cultural Renaissance
-Chicago World’s Fair
-The New Deal
-Assignment: Historical Context Article

Week Seven:
-Chicago During World War II
-The Black Metropolis
-Television and Urban Renewal
-Assignment: Editing

Week Eight:
-The Rise of Richard J. Daley
-Chicago Transformed
-Legacy of Richard J. Daley
-Assignment: Final Project Submission

Required Textbook: Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga

Erin McCarthy Photo

Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy, holds a Ph.D. in United States History from Loyola University Chicago with fields of study in United States social and cultural history since 1877. Dr. McCarthy’s courses include “Oral History: the Art of the Interview,” “The Great Depression and the New Deal,” and “Baseball in History & Literature: a Contested Narrative.”  

Her students have contributed more than 400 transcribed interviews collections at the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP), the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago, the Chicagoland Anti-Apartheid Movement Project at Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago Area Women’s History Council. Currently, she is revising a manuscript on the life and career of legendary University of Chicago football coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Course: Evolution of Chicago: An Immigrant City