Creating Chicago's North Shore

A Suburban History

Michael H. Ebner

Creating Chicago's North Shore
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Michael H. Ebner

368 pages | 127 halftones, 12 maps | © 1988
Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226182056 Published January 1989
They are the suburban jewels that crown one of the world's premier cities. Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff: together, they comprise the North Shore of Chicago, a social registry of eight communities that serve as a genteel enclave of affluence, culture, and high society. Historian Michael H. Ebner explains the origins and evolution of the North Shore as a distinctive region. At the same time, he tells the paradoxical story of how these suburbs, with their common heritage, mutual values, and shared aspirations, still preserve their distinctly separate identities. Embedded in this history are important lessons about the uneasy development of the American metropolis.
Introduction: The North Shore as Suburban Network
Part 1: Metropolitan Outlines, 1833-1865
1. Before the Railroad
2. Railroad Suburbs
Part 2: Metropolitan Growth, 1865-1899
3. Suburban Windows
4. Village to Suburb to City—Evanston
5. Creating the North Shore I
Part 3: Twentieth-Century Metropolis, 1900-1914
6. Out of Place
7. Creating the North Shore II
The Sense of Place
Appendix 1: Population History of the North Shore
Appendix 2: Who Did, and Didn't, Design Lake Forest?
Bibliographical Essay: A Reader's Guide to the North Shore
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