We're digging deeper to preserve Chicago's past for a digital future. 

In 2015, Lake Forest College received an $800,000, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to involve students and faculty in exploring specific at-risk or forgotten sites in Chicago’s history. Through urban archaeological digs, innovative digital humanities projects, and complementary coursework in a wide array of disciplines (including English, History, Art, Music, and others), we're bringing this history to light.



Grant Team

Davis Schneiderman, Digital Chicago Project Director

Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, and Profesor of English

Emily Mace, Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator

Coordinator and project manager for the Digital Chicago grant

Anne Thomason, Digital Archivist for Digital Chicago

Librarian for Archives and Special Collections


Chicago Fellows

Digital Chicago centers on the work of Lake Forest College faculty Chicago Fellows. Each year of the grant has featured work by the following faculty. Click on their names to see the projects on which they worked. 

2015 2016 2017 2018
  • Joshua Corey, Associate Professor of English
  • Brian McCammack, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Siobhan Moroney, Associate Professor of Politics
  • Desmond Odugu, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Richard Pettengill, Associate Professor of Theater
  • Benjamin Zeller, Associate Professor of Religion
To be determined in Fall 2017

Chicago Archaeological Fellow, 2015-2018

Rebecca Graff, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, continues through 2015-2018 as Chicago Archaeological Fellow. Visit her work on the Charnley-Persky House Archaeological Project


Digital Chicago complies with The Mellon Foundation's Intellectual Property Policy.

All items on the Digital Chicago website are used with the permission of their original sources; rights and permissions to use and distribute those items are held with the original copyright owners, unless otherwise specified. 


For more information about Digital Chicago, contact Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator at Lake Forest College, Emily Mace, at mace [at] lakeforest [dot] edu.