Beneath Chicago's gleaming skyscrapers rest hundreds of years of hidden history. From buried ceramic shards to the music of silent movies and the shifting patterns of neighborhoods, Chicago's past should not be forgotten. 

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. During 2015-2018, we have focused our efforts on urban archaeological digs, innovative digital humanities projects, and complementary coursework in a wide array of disciplines, including English, History, Art, Music, and others.

To learn about new projects being added to the site, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or check this space regularly! 


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

Anne Thomason, Digital Archivist for Digital Chicago

Librarian for Archives and Special Collections



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.