An event in our monthly series with Lumpen Radio. The Eye 94 crew will talk with Dominic A. Pacyga (Chicago: A Biography) about his book, Slaughterhouse, a history of Chicago's Union Stock Yard. This conversation will be recorded for broadcast.
From the minute it opened—on Christmas Day in 1865—it was Chicago’s must-see tourist attraction, drawing more than half a million visitors each year. Families, visiting dignitaries, even school groups all made trips to the South Side to tour the Union Stock Yard. There they got a firsthand look at the city’s industrial prowess as they witnessed cattle, hogs, and sheep disassembled with breathtaking efficiency. At their height, the kill floors employed 50,000 workers and processed six hundred animals an hour, an astonishing spectacle of industrialized death.
"An illuminating history of this Chicago industry long vital to the city and the nation.” -Wall Street Journal