Chicago: The First Hollywood (Virtual)

Saturday, June 18, 2022

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
One Session


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of its key players included Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and many more. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the film industry’s early days in Chicago, as she discusses former silent film studios in Chicago, film stars who worked in Chicago, and the legacies of these studios and stars today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

One session. $50/$45.

Led by Dr. Annette Bochenek.


Dr. Annette Bochenek is an archivist, professor, film historian, and avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the “Hometowns to Hollywood” blog, in which she profiles her trips to the hometowns of classic Hollywood stars.

Registration Fees

Registration is $50

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

Contact Us
The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.