Wild in the City: Chicagoland's Urban Ecology

Additional Reading

Learn more about the topics covered in this exhibit by exploring the sources listed here.


Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.

Clark, Charles T. and Margaret M. Nice. William Dreuth's Study of Bird Migration in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Special Publications, no. 8. Chicago, IL: Chicago Academy of Sciences, 1950.

Crosby, Cindy. The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2017.

Fisher, Colin. Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Greenberg, Joel. 2014. A feathered river across the sky: the passenger pigeon's flight to extinction. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Maloney, Cathy Jean. Chicago and its Botanic Garden: The Horticultural Society at 125. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2015.

McCammack, Brian. Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Meldman, Susan Carter. The City and the Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at Ninety. Glencoe, IL: Chicago Horticultural Society, 1981.

Rome, Adam Ward. The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Sellers, Christopher C. Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Unger, Nancy C. Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Van Horn, Gavin. The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Washington, Sylvia Hood. Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005.

Watts, May Thielgaard. Reading the Landscape: An Adventure in Ecology. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1957.

Archival Collections

Explore Chicago collections related to the Natural and Built Environment, along with the other collections at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and North Central College. Lincoln Park Zoo is getting content ready to go into the Explore Chicago Collections portal, and in the meantime check out collections from the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo. Some specific collections from other institutions are mentioned below as well.

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