IN-PERSON - Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites


Thursday, May 11, 2023

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Central Time (US & Canada)


This program is free and open to all; free tickets required. The registration period has closed for this event.


Italian beef and hot dogs get the headlines. Cutting-edge cuisine and big-name chefs get Michelin stars. But Chicago food shows its true depth in classic dishes conceived in the kitchens of immigrant innovators, neighborhood entrepreneurs, and mom-and- pop visionaries.

In this Meet the Author event, Monica Eng and David Hammond will discuss their new book, Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites, in which they draw on decades of exploring the city’s food landscape to serve up 30 can’t-miss eats found in all corners of Chicago.

Covering Chicago original foods you may never have heard of—including Mild Sauce, Jibarito, Taffy Grapes, Big Baby, and the Mother-in-Law—Eng and Hammond will present stories of the people and places behind these and other Windy City favorites, while illuminating how these dishes reflect the multifaceted history of our city and the people who live here.


We look forward to seeing attendees at the Newberry, where you can now visit our reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and bookshop.

Please note: This program will be held in person at the Newberry. As we welcome visitors to the library, we're continuing to closely monitor health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 in Chicago. Click here for our visitor policy.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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