Gin & History: Revisiting Chicago's Lost Jazz Venues | Newberry

Gin & History: Revisiting Chicago's Lost Jazz Venues

Led by Paul Durica and Justin Amolsch.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Four sessions. Sundays, October 3-October 24.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

This seminar takes you on a four-part 40-year journey through the various spaces that make up the Chicago’s musical history. Revisit forgotten jazz joints such as the Tic-To Club, Friar’s Inn, Club DeLisa, and even the Sherman Hotel’s sophisticated Panther Room to learn how Ragtime, the Blues, and Gospel all came together to create Chicago Jazz. In addition to archival recordings, live performance, and lectures, each session puts you “In the Mood” (apologies to Glenn Miller) by sharing a recipe for a period-appropriate cocktail made by an expert mixologist. The first three sessions of this seminar are going to be virtual. The final session is going to be virtual but can also be attended in-person.

Four sessions. Registration – $120

Justin Amolsch has a degree in music education form the DePaul University School of Music and has performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Concertante di Chicago, Camerata Chicago, and numerous other groups in the area.He currently performs in several bands, including The Congregation and Expo ’76, and on the stage and in the pit at penuches such as The Goodman Theater, Porchlight Theater, and Navy Pier. Since 2012, he has operated Brass Inferno Productions, a company that creates unique musical experiences for private and corporate events.

Paul Durica is Director of Exhibitions at the Newberry. He holds a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Chicago.

Materials List


  • No required materials..

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment..

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.