Introduction: City of dreamers and doers. -- Discovery. The priest and the explorer ; Joliet's dream. -- "Didn't expect no town" Wild Chicago ; Banishing the past. -- Ogden's Chicago. The founder ; A prairie aristocracy ; The grid and the balloon frame. -- The great Chicago exchange engine. The big junction ; The mechanical man ; Stacker of wheat and wood, packer of pork. -- Empire city of the West. Chicago against nature ; City of extremes. -- My lost city. The Great Fire ; Unapproachable in calamity. -- Introduction: Let us build ourselves a city. -- That astonishing Chicago. "Grander and statelier than ever" ; America's city. -- The Chicago machine. Empires of order and blood ; A fortress of oppression ; The Pullman idea ; Steel rails to country kitchens. -- The streetcar city. Palaces of desire ; The Loop ; City and suburb ; Sunday in Chicago. -- Stories in stone and steel. Something new under the sun ; Burnham and Root ; The major's birdcage ; Factories in the sky. -- Sullivan and civic renewal. The Auditorium ; A proud and soaring thing. -- The new Chicago. Burnham's White city ; Hutchinson's three-ring circus ; Harper's university ; The social defense of caste ; The new Chicago woman ; Cleansing the city. -- The battle for Chicago. Politics "ain't bean bag" ; Why the ward boss rules ; Haymarket ; It's Harrison again. -- 1893. The Fair ; The "Gomorrah of the West" ; Stories of the streets and of the town. -- After the Fair. If Christ came to Chicago! ; Regeneration.
Originally published in hardcover in 1996. Companion edition to the American Experience presentation on PBS.