Category Archives: Chicago

Welcome to our 2020 Conference on Illinois History Virtual Exhibit! Enjoy our extensive representation of the state of Illinois in our books, journals, blog posts, and more. From Oct. 5th – Oct. 9th we are offering 50% off of all … Continue reading

African American figures and subjects continue to play a central role in the stories and scholarship offered by the Press. A number of recent releases highlight our commitment to publishing books on the African American experience in Chicago. Always the … Continue reading

Robert E. Weems Jr. recently answered some questions about his book, The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago: Anthony Overton and the Building of a Financial Empire. Q: Why did you decide to write this book?   Anthony Overton is widely regarded … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship by Jillian M. Báez has won the Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award from the Feminist & Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association. The … Continue reading

This fall we have two new books on the Chicago Blues scene that celebrate the city’s incredible musicians and their legacy. Celebrate with us and check out our books on Chicago Blues and some interesting articles in American Music. Blues … Continue reading

Erika K. Jackson is an associate professor of history at Colorado Mesa University. She recently answered some questions about her book, Scandinavians in Chicago: The Origins of White Privilege in Modern America. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I … Continue reading

Roger Biles is Professor Emeritus of History at Illinois State University. His books include Richard J. Daley: Politics, Race, and the Governing of Chicago and The Fate of Cities: Urban America and the Federal Government, 1945-2000. He recently answered some questions about his new … Continue reading

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818. One hundred years later, the University of Illinois Press opened its doors. The Press’s debut book, on Abraham Lincoln, marked the beginning of a remarkable union between the Prairie State and its premier … Continue reading

It came from the future: Tevatron. The villain in the new Michael Bay feature? Actually, the world’s largest particle accelerator once it opened in 1983. But to get there, the giant underground atom racer/smasher needed a town to get out of … Continue reading

Whatever industry group planted National Chocolate Day on October 28 did a great job. There’s no better positioning than a few days before Halloween, a holiday dedicated to candy of all kinds—but one where, let’s be honest, chocolate bars are … Continue reading