H I C A G O
R I B U T E
Born in Michigan and
raised in Wisconsin, Ferber
moved to Chicago in 1910 to be a journalist at the
Chicago Tribune. She resided in the
Windemere Hotel, formerly at 1642 East 56th Street.
Ferber gained national
attention for her series of Emma
McChesneystories, about a traveling petticoat saleswoman. Works like Buttered
Side Down and Fanny Herself depicted strong middle-class women
Chicago. So Big, a novel about a woman raising a child on a truck
outside Chicago, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1924.
By the mid-1920s, Ferber
had settled in New York where she became a
successful playwright, collaborating with George S. Kaufman on such
plays as Dinner at Eight (1932). Her most famous work, Showboat
(1926), about a girls life on a Mississippi riverboat, was made into
Broadway musical and three motion pictures.