Is it possible to construct an entire course that is constructed out of "great books" by using only texts that are in some sense from Chicago or connected to Chicago?
I think the answer is yes. See if you agree.
Here are some potential people to include. Let's get to readings later?
Chicago through the Humanities:
Writers: Richarrd Wright, Sandra Cisneros; Saul Bellow; Nelson Algren (and by a degree of separation Simone de Beauvoir); Ray Bradbury; Phillip K. Dick; Hemingway; Carl Sandburg; Gwendolyn Brooks
Arts and Artists: Frank Lloyd Wright; Mies van der Roehe; Edward Gorey
Theologians and or religious studies scholars: Valerie Saivings; Mircea Eliade; Wendy Doniger
Philosophers: Mortimer Adler; John Dewey; Leon Kass; Martha Nussbaum
Chicago through the Social Sciences:
Other resources: Field Museum
Chicago through Natural Sciences:
Manhattan Project scientists such as Enrico Fermi
I admit it, I had to search for science people, and this is pretty minimal, but I did know about the Manhattan project. The others are "off the top of my head." This tells me there are likely many more. Hmmm on more scientists -- given how many Nobel Laureates are or have been in Chicago.