The City That Drinks: The Chicago Saloon in History, Film, and Literature

We Want Our Beer, 1931, Driscoll Series 2, Bx. 39

We Want Our Beer, 1931, Driscoll Series 2, Bx. 39

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 18 – July 23

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Bill Savage
This class is full and registration has closed.

Bars, taverns, and saloons have long been central to Chicago culture. From the city’s first election—held in the Sauganash Tavern—through the opulent saloons of the Gilded Age and Prohibition-era speakeasies, to generations of ethnically-identified bars, such venues have provided a “third place” where people create community and negotiate identity. We will discuss how writers and film-makers have represented Chicago not just as “the city that works,” but also as “the city that drinks.” The class will include post-meeting field trips to contemporary Chicago establishments that illustrate the evening’s conversation.

Bill Savage holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern and has taught Newberry Seminars since 1992. He has also worked in area bars since 1980.


Required Texts:

  • Dunne, Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War ISBN-13: 978-0252070297
  • Durica and Savage, Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America . ISBN-13: 978-0810129092
  • Kogan, A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse and the American Dream. ISBN-13: 978-1893121492. Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of this text. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $198.
This is class is full and online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.