Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Chicago: Birthplace of the Skyscraper with WTTW's Geoffrey Baer


February 12

Location: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Organizer: Friends of the NIU Libraries



Is Chicago truly the birthplace of the skyscraper? And what makes a building a skyscraper anyway?

Popular Chicago Public Television host Geoffrey Baer will visit the NIU campus  to provide those answers and more. Baer will give a capsule history of Chicago’s astonishing and rapid rise from a tiny trading post on the American frontier to a teeming metropolis. The Great Fire of 1871 could have finished off the upstart town, he says, but out of the ashes rose the world’s first city of skyscrapers.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries, is free and open to the public.

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