Chicago Obscura 4/7/22: HOW BRONZEVILLE INVENTED THE LOTTERY

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Old Chicago Inn

3222 North Sheffield Avenue

Southern alley, lower level

Chicago, IL 60657

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Join Chicago for Chicagoans for a history lecture series exploring overlooked, frequently forgotten, and unusual, uniquely Chicago stories.

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REGISTRATION IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES — VIRTUAL ATTENDEES DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE. JUST CLICK THIS LINK @ 7:10 PM.

​Chicago for Chicagoans returns to hidden hideaway Room 13 for our fifth annual winter lecture series! This year, we dive into history often overlooked, frequently forgotten, or recently discovered... as well as unusual occurrences, wacky eccentrics, and uniquely Chicago moments that are begging for a closer look. Featuring a different local expert each week, these one-of-a-kind evenings are designed to help Chicago residents learn more about the history of their own city. Join us in-person for delicious cocktails while you watch, or tune in online from the comfort of your own home!

4/7/22 • HOW BRONZEVILLE INVENTED THE LOTTERY • Long before it was sanctioned by any state, black Chicagoans played Policy... and Bronzeville was its epicenter. • Guest speaker: Ms. Bea (click for bio)

2022 LINEUP — Learn more, save the dates, & register online at chicagoforchicagoans.org/events! Speaker profiles are available on our website here.

RULES & GUIDELINES

  • All in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. All in-person attendees will need to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue.
  • Everyone must wear a mask for the duration of the event, except when actively drinking a beverage. Anyone refusing to wear a mask appropriately will be asked to leave and may be banned from future events for the safety of others.
  • Because this lecture series takes place in a place where alcohol is served, attendees must be at least 21 years old to attend. There may be cursing, telling of murderous tales, or stories of lightly scandalous old-timey affairs. This may not be the best event for young children or prudish grandparents.
  • Unfortunately, the historic greystone building is not wheelchair accessible.
  • As a period-appropriate speakeasy, Room 13 requires proper dress, following a business casual model.  
  • 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.
  • Those unable to attend the event due to the above restrictions are highly encouraged to tune in to our livestream or watch the recording online!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Lecture attendees will be emailed a top-secret password the week of the event to use at the door for access. Be sure to check your email and find the password!
  • Doors open at 6:45pm. We recommend arriving early to snag the best seats in the house. Lectures begin promptly at 7:15pm. Attendees can expect a lecture lasting about 45-60 minutes. Afterwards, there will be an informal Q&A, mingling, and group conversation. All interest and experience levels welcome (yes, tourists can come too).
  • Didn't get tickets in time? 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.
  • Cautious about attending events in person? Tune in online from the comfort of your own home! Lectures will be livestreamed to our Facebook page and available online as video recordings after the event.
  • 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 full bar with period-appropriate cocktails 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.

DONATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED:

  • 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. If you have bit of money to spare, help us continue to make Chicago history freely accessible to all. Donate online at chicagoforchicagoans.org/donate, or donate in person (we accept cash, check, credit card, and first-born children).

QUESTIONS?

  • Visit our event FAQ or email info@chicagoforchicagoans.org. Event details are subject to change up to two weeks prior to the event. Registration via Eventbrite is required for in-person attendees.
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Old Chicago Inn

3222 North Sheffield Avenue

Southern alley, lower level

Chicago, IL 60657

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Chicago for Chicagoans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering pay-what-you-can walking tours and history events designed for, and by, Chicago residents.

The mission of Chicago for Chicagoans is simple: to educate residents about the places they inhabit, creating lifelong bonds and a deeper understanding between people and their spaces. Chicago for Chicagoans believes in accessibility of information, making the "pay-what-you-can" approach particularly crucial to the organization. Everyone deserves  opportunities to learn about their surroundings, no matter what their financial situation may be.

Chicago for Chicagoans strives to form a collaborative learning endeavor by locals, for locals. By working with other tour guides, passionate community advocates, and various other "neighborhood correspondents," Chicago for Chicagoans hopes to create tours that are fully connected and integrated into the areas they explore.

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