Calling all history buffs to Moraine Valley Community College for a new lineup of history courses that focus on the development of Chicago’s suburbs and early wars.

“Suburban Chicago: Short History” takes a close look at the progression in size and importance of Chicagoland with an emphasis on the south and west suburbs since World War II. The course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesdays, Sept. 4 and 11. The cost is $25. Course code is HS4-236-200.

Considered the first hot conflict of the Cold War, “Korea: The Forgotten War” looks at the foreign and domestic causes, examines the conflict’s major events and sets the context of current international relations. The course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursdays, Oct. 11 and 18. The cost is $25. Course code is HS4-215-200.

From headlines about monuments to discussions of race in the 21st century, Americans are tied to the legacies of the Civil War. The course, “Civil War: A Quick Overview” surveys the basic foundations of the war, the role of slavery, key battles, and the many forms of Reconstruction. The course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, and 23. The cost is $50. Course code is HS4-237-200.

“Chicago Area and the Great War” examines the Chicago area before the war, the role key leaders and units from Illinois played in U.S. military efforts and how Chicagoans processed the years following the war’s conclusion. Special emphasis is given to Robert McCormick and the 1st Division, which includes a visit to the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. The course will be held Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The trip to Cantigny Park will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the park. The cost is $45 for the course. Admission to the museum is free, parking is $5. Course code is HS4-238-200.

The courses will be held on the college’s main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, in Building T, Room T909. Registration can be completed in person in Building S, or online at For more information, contact Corporate, Community and Continuing Education, at (708) 974-5735 or