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Bacon Wars: History of the Chicago Union Stock Yard

Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest
$20 members, $30 non-members (includes refreshments)

Please join us as retired history professor Dominic Pacyga, author of Slaughterhouse, walks us through the rise and eventual fall from grace of the Union Stock Yard. And, of course, come craving bacon! Refreshments will be served.

While many of the nation’s meat-packing giants escaped the stench of the city by retreating to their summer homes in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff; thousands of workers continued their back-breaking work in Chicago’s Union Stock Yard enduring the gruesome conditions of this meatpacking city within a city.

“At the turn of the twentieth century, a reported five hundred thousand people visited the Union Stock Yard annually,” Pacyga writes. Tourists and locals would witness the slaughtering process in its brutal efficiency, as the stockyards “presented a compelling if somewhat frightening window to the future.”

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