Past Event

Chicago History Author Series: Author Talk: 'Hollywood on Lake Michigan,' by author Michael Corcoran

Michael Corcoran will be speaking on October 5th about his book “Hollywood on Lake Michigan,” a chronicle showing the contribution Chicago and Chicagoans gave to American filmmaking. Chicago is credited with the development of film technology including Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and the Selig Polyscope Company, the first African American owned and operated film studies, gore flicks, and the origination of movie palaces.

The Second City, Goodman, and Steppenwolf theaters were also essential for the industry’s best comedic and dramatic talent. The talks will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we will be raffling off a copy of each book at the end of each author’s presentation and we will also have refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are recommended and can be made at (630)-968-0499. Donations are appreciated. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or

Our fourth series is presented by the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District and supported by the Lisle Library District, History Press, Chicago Elevated, Lisle Heritage Society, and Chicago Detours. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible. Visit for more information.