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They’re There In The Landscape: Native American Names Around Chicago

Names matter. And the names we give places matter. In this contemplative talk, author and historian Max Grinnell will talk about how Native American names and words are written into Chicago’s landscape. During this talk, patrons will learn the stories behind Menomenee Street, Winnemac Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue, and a number of the former trails that became streets such as Lincoln Avenue and Ogden Avenue. And of course, special attention will be given to the origins of the word “Chicago” and its most fascinating history.

How to Attend
This event takes place in person. Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQs.

Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

This event is part of the 2023 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the book There There by Tommy Orange.


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