Table of Contents
   A thrilling little placep. 3
   Something attractive at the McVicker'sp. 11
   The city assumed a metropolitan airp. 19
   Two barrels of slippersp. 35
   A glimpse of that order and beautyp. 45
   By all means start your own theatrep. 51
   We were a landlocked townp. 67
   There actually was a national theaterp. 75
   Chicago is hard up for writersp. 87
   It's a comedy schoolp. 97
   It was an honor to work therep. 119
   We improvisedp. 133
   Let all the flowers of the arts bloomp. 145
   We'll have a scenep. 161
   It's good writingp. 175
   It was the arrogance of youthp. 189
   The field is littered with bodiesp. 195
   We needed to tribe upp. 219
   The vast Chicago theater marketp. 235
   It all came together with Salesmanp. 251
   The new theater capital of the United Statesp. 265
   They've become institutionsp. 283