6 – 7:30 pm
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.
- 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.
Six sessions, $198.
This is class is full and online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.