Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (by May 19): $120
Regular Price (after May 19): $132
In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which Prohibition and its aftermath changed Chicago's public drinking culture. Chicagoans continued to negotiate their identities and create communities in bars and other "third places," but saloon-keeper aldermen like Coughlin and Kenna faded into history, though Paddy Bauler hung on; ethnic neighborhood bars returned, but new bar genres evolved (the singles bar, the gay bar, the sports bar) as Chicago's industrial economy peaked and then faded. We will also schedule post-seminar outings to contemporary bars that illuminate our conversation. Four sessions.
Bill Savage teaches Chicago history, literature, and culture at Northwestern University; he has led Newberry Seminars since 1992 and worked as a bartender for over 30 years.
Course reader (and ephemera) to be provided by instructor
You do not need to prepare anything for the first class session.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.