Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series (2/19 "Mottos: 'I Will' & 'Urbs i...

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Old Chicago Inn

3222 North Sheffield Avenue

Southern alley, lower level

Chicago, IL 60657

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​Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series returns for a third year to hidden hideaway Room 13 to help Chicago residents learn more about the history of their city! Presented by Chicago for Chicagoans, this pay-what-you-can educational series is meant to provoke understanding and discussion of our city’s past, while exploring how that history impacts and influences our future.

This year, we're diving into the rich history of Chicago's many nicknames, slogans, & mottos. From our oft-repeated monikers ("Second City", "Windy City") to the historical epithets lost to time ("Mud City," "Paris on the Prairie"), this series will examine the people who name us, how we earned our labels, and the history behind the phrases we inscribe and utter everyday. Join an illustrious lineup of Chicago historians & experts for fifteen one-of-a-kind evenings featuring lectures, discussions, interviews, and lots of tasty cocktails!

2/19/20 | MOTTOS: "I WILL" & "URBS IN HORTO"
Featured Speaker: Patti Swanson (Executive Director, Chicago for Chicagoans) leads us through our mottos and their meaning.



What to Expect --
Each night of the series will feature local scholars speaking on a different topic of Chicago history. Attendees can expect to take in about an hour and a half of lively, informal discussion between two experts, followed by time for questions, mingling, and group conversation. All interest and experience levels welcome -- just come prepared to learn & chat about all things Chicago! Doors open at 6:45pm. Lectures begin promptly at 7:15pm.

Price --
Affordability and accessibility of history is important to us. This series is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis with a suggested, tax-deductible donation of $10-20 recommended for those with the means to contribute. Chicago for Chicagoans is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization financed exclusively by our supporters. You can donate in advance online, or in person with cash or credit card.

About the Venue --
This series is made possible by the generosity of our hosts! Room 13 is the Old Chicago Inn's very own private, members-only, Prohibition-inspired speakeasy. A special event menu at Room 13's bar will be available to lecture attendees for the duration of the event, accepting cash & credit card. Interested in setting up a prospective member visit, or becoming a member year-round? Email gary@oldchicagoinn.com.

Accessing the Event --
Lecture attendees will be emailed a password the week of the event to use at the door for access. As a result, Eventbrite RSVPs are required for every guest. Those unable to secure a spot in advance are welcome to try their luck at the door, where any available spaces day-of will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis from 7:00-7:15pm.

Event Limitations --
• Because this lecture series takes place in a place where alcohol is served, attendees must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Unfortunately, the historic greystone building is not wheelchair accessible. Please email us if you have a physical disability limiting your ability to tackle stairs, and we will try to accommodate you.
As a period-appropriate speakeasy, Room 13 requires proper dress, following a business casual model. Gentlemen are asked to wear some sort of collar (jacket, sweater, button-up, etc). Nice denim, without wear and tear, is acceptable. No athletic wear, please.
Presentations and discussions are meant to be inclusive, covering diverse histories and occasionally controversial subject matter. Respectfulness, empathy, and a willingness to listen and engage are key. Inflammatory speech will not be tolerated, and those who cannot engage compassionately will be asked to leave.



2019-2020 LINEUP --
Learn more & register online at chicagoforchicagoans.org/events starting two weeks in advance! Speaker profiles are available on our website here.

2/26/20 | CHI-BEERIA
Featured Speaker: Liz Garibay (Founder, History on Tap; Chicago Brewseum) talks the power of beer in getting you through winter
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3/11/20 | THE CHICAGO WAY
Featured Speaker: Paul Dailing (Author, 1001 Chicago Afternoons) explores the history of politics and corruption in Chicago
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3/25/20 | THIRD COAST
Featured Speaker: Juliana Glassco (Board Member, Chicago for Chicagoans) chats canals, shipwrecks, and our watery legacy
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4/8/20 | THE GREAT AMERICAN CITY
Featured Speaker: Walter Kiefer (Collaborator, Chicago for Chicagoans) dives into the history of our greatest inventions
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Conclusion | CHICAGO TRIVIA
Emcee: Patti Swanson (Executive Director, Chicago for Chicagoans)
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