Classical Antiquity in Metropolitan Chicago

Explore the appearance of ancient Greece and Rome in Chicago cultural life from the 1830s to today!   Our project provides access to examples of, and contextual information about, the ways in which Chicagoans from all walks of life, motivated by widely varying concerns and possessed of different measures of familiarity with ancient sources, have conjured classical antiquity to shape popular perceptions of their own present.  Architecture, visual and performing arts, recreation, literature, education, politics, commerce and more figure in these stories.  We are particularly interested in how classical references project views of the distinctiveness of Chicago as a quintessentially American global metropolis and how far these views are inclusive, or not.

ATLAS exhibits snapshots of classicizing activity in Chicago across media.  


bc circle

Bosher Collection is a searchable database of Greek and Roman drama on Chicago stages.



Ancient Rome in Chicago is a virtual walking tour of Chicago today focused on the built environment.