Ben Hecht's 1001 Afternoons in Chicago | Newberry

Ben Hecht's 1001 Afternoons in Chicago

Led by Richard Reeder. Five sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursdays, February 15 - March 15

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $200
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $220

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

In 1921, Ben Hecht began writing a daily column for the Chicago Daily News, called 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, which were fictive sketches of Chicago’s bustling urban landscape of that time. A year later, 64 of these columns were compiled in a book with the same title. We will read and discuss these wonderful sketches in this book in this class. Five sessions.

Richard Reeder is the author of Chicago Sketches. He teaches literature courses in the Oakton Community College Emeritus Program and is the founder and the facilitator of the Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series. He served as president of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame for three years.

Materials List


  • Ben Hecht, A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago. University of Chicago paperback edition with Herman Rosse’s illustrations. ISBN#: 978-0226322797

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the following vignettes from A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago: Fanny, The Auctioneer’s Wife, Fog Patterns, Don Quixote and His Last Windmill, The Man Hunt, Mr. Winkelberg, A Self-Made Man, To Bert Williams, Michigan Avenue, Coeur de Lion and the Soup and Fish.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.