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General Information

Name:  Michael Ebner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Patterson, New Jersey

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Illinois Connection

Michael Ebner has lived in Lake County, Illinois since 1974.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael is Emeritus Professor at Lake Forest College. Professor Ebner has written widely on aspects of American history for learned publications in North America, England, Germany, and Israel. He is best known as the author of the prize-winning book entitled ''Creating Chicago's North Shore, A Suburban History''. He is the founder of the Urban History Seminar of The Chicago Historical Society, established in 1983.

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Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History
ISBN: 0226182053

University of Chicago Press. 1989

They are the suburban jewels that crown one of the world's premier cities. Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff: together, they comprise the North Shore of Chicago, a social registry of eight communities that serve as a genteel enclave of affluence, culture, and high society. Historian Michael H. Ebner explains the origins and evolution of the North Shore as a distinctive region. At the same time, he tells the paradoxical story of how these suburbs, with their common heritage, mutual values, and shared aspirations, still preserve their distinctly separate identities. Embedded in this history are important lessons about the uneasy development of the American metropolis.


Marson Memorial Award, Friends of Literature (Chicago)


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