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Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series
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Chicago History 101: Speakeasy Series is an informal, pay-what-you-can lecture and discussion series about all things Chicago, held in Lakeview's Room 13 Speakeasy.

Join Chicago for Chicagoans founder Patti Swanson (and several guest speakers) for a new winter lecture series on Chicago history and architecture, held in Lakeview's hidden history hideaway, Room 13 at the Old Chicago Inn! Lectures begin with a 45 minute history lesson on a rotating topic, and end with 15 minutes of group discussion. All interest and experience levels welcome -- just come prepared to learn & chat about all things Chicago! 

As always, this series is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10-20. Room 13's bar is available for attendees, accepting cash & credit card. RSVPs are required for each session, for every guest (no exceptions-- it's a fire code thing!), and capacity is strictly limited to 35 people. Come learn about your place in space!

Lecture topics: 
(Please note, topics & guest speakers are subject to change. You will be notified by email about any changes.)


Session #1 (11/16/17): THE TAVERN: Discover a boozy side of the city's history at our kick-off event. From the Lager Beer Riots to the Working Man's Exchange & Prohibition, Chicagoans have always loved a nice cold beer. Featuring guest speaker Bill Savage!
Session #2 (11/30/17): THE RIVER & RURAL CHICAGO: Trace the history of indiginous folks, early Europeans, & the waterway that led to the creation of our city.
Session #3 (12/14/17): THE SKYSCRAPER: Learn how & why Chicago invented the skyscraper, and how we continue to revolutionize the field of architecture. 
Session #4 (1/11/18): RAILROADS & HIGHWAYS: From Pullman cars to slaughterhouses, find out how Chicago revolutionized the railroad in America -- and how the automobile led to its demise. Featuring guest speaker Erica Ruggiero!
Session #5 (1/25/17): THE GREAT CENTRAL MARKET: Unearth the merchandising history of Chicago, including mail-order catalogs, Marshall Fields, and Michigan Avenue -- featuring guest speaker Wendy Bright
Session #6 (2/8/18): THE PARKS: Fieldhouses, forest preserves, cemeteries, boulevards, & more! Discover how Chicago's parks have shaped the city. 
Session #7 (2/22/18): IMMIGRATION & SEGREGATION: Explore Chicago's infamous reputation as a place for ethnic enclaves, and learn more about the city's history of racially discriminatory legislation. Featuring guest speaker Vitaliy Vladimirov!
Session #8 (3/8/18): QUEER HISTORY:  Bathhouses, Boystown, and Howard Brown-- discover LGBTQ+ history in Chicago with guest speaker Andie Meadows.
Session #9 (3/22/18): THEATRES & ENTERTAINMENT: Trace the history of Chicago's legendary film industry, movie palaces, and live stage shows, featuring guest speaker Leyla Royale.
Session #10 (4/5/18): DEBATE! Hear from a panel of preservationists, architects, and historians as they battle over contested questions of Chicago history and architecture (and don't forget to join in yourself)!

Please note: 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. Inflamatory speech will not be tolerated, and those who cannot engage compassionately will be asked to leave. 

Details, Dress Code, & Access:

  • Because this lecture series takes place in a place where alcohol is served, attendees must be at least 21 years old to attend.
  • 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 is acceptable (no wear and tear); no athletic wear. 
  • The club, and this lecture series, is password protected. Please check your email the week of the event to recieve the session's password; note that the password will change for each session. 

About Room 13Room 13 is the Old Chicago Inn's very own private Prohibition-era inspired speakeasy.  Located in the garden level, Room 13 currently opens at 5pm on Thursday - Saturday nights to current & prospective members as well as guests of the inn.  Prospective members can apply for a membership by filling out an application and turning it in to the evening's bartender during their second preview.  If selected to be a member at Room 13, members gain access to the speakeasy on a weekly basis. Interested in membership? Talk to the evening's bartender for the full scoop. 

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Room 13 at the Old Chicago Inn
3222 N. Sheffield Ave.
Enter via southern alley
Chicago, IL 60657

Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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Chicago for Chicagoans

Chicago for Chicagoans was founded by Patti Swanson as an initiative to familiarize local Chicagoans with the rich history of their own neighborhoods. To maintain accessibility to the community, the tour company happily exists as a "pay-what-you-can" tour service and welcomes anyone interested in learning about Chicago neighborhoods. 

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