On the Corner: Storytelling on Chicago Intersections (In Person)

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - Thursday, March 23, 2023

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Four Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Every Chicago street corner has a story—many stories—where past, present, and future identities intersect. From Little Village to Little Vietnam, Chicago has stories waiting to be told, and every citizen is a co-author of our city’s shared narratives.

Drawing on oral histories, personal reflections, and the Newberry’s Chicago collection, class participants will have a chance to co-author Chicago’s past, present, and future, while empowering fellow citizens to do the same. Those who wish will be invited to publish their work online and in a forthcoming book.

Discussion topics will include the evolution of neighborhoods and communities; intersections of place and identity; architectural history; narratives around urban planning; demographics; public art; Chicago landmarks; immigration; collective storytelling.

Classroom activities will include interactive discussions of short assigned readings, interview training, writing workshops, and collaborative voice-based storytelling.
Four Sessions. $215/$193.5. Led by Aaron Greenberg

Registration Fees

Registration is $215

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: adulteducation@newberry.org. You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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