Chicago Stories remembers the city’s first female mayor, Jane Byrne.
As a woman once again occupies the fifth floor of City Hall, Chicago Stories remembers the city’s first female mayor. After pulling off one of Chicago’s greatest political upsets, Jane Byrne found herself caught between the political machine that shaped her and the reformers who elected her.
David Axelrod, who was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune at the time, reflects on Jane Byrne’s first mayoral campaign.
From welcoming the film industry to Chicago, to city and neighborhood festivals, Jane Byrne had a big impact on Chicago’s arts and culture scene.