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• 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25 – Marshall Field’s and Chicago. McHenry County College history instructor Sarah Sullivan explores the events and personalities that made Marshall Field and Co. Chicago’s store and its founder a titan of retail. Field introduced the one-price system, bought and sold for cash, and permitted exchange of goods. He was a trailblazer in the addition of restaurants, personal shoppers, home delivery, a department dedicated to interior decorating, and the creation of a bargain basement to retail. Significant Chicago events connected with Marshall Field include the Chicago Fire, the Eastland Disaster, and the 1892 World’s Fair. A patron of the arts, Field was instrumental in the creation of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Historical Society (Chicago History Museum).

All programs are at the Society museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. A $10 donation is requested for individual programs. The Audubon and Native American programs are made possible through a grant from Illinois Humanities.

 

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