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Contact Natalie Conti, Member Services Coordinator, at 312-799-2272.

Big City Politics, Big City Crime

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

To understand big city politics, one must first understand big city crime. Join historians Donald L. Miller, author of Supreme City, and Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone, for a conversation with the Museum's John Russick about the particular conditions in New York City and Chicago that gave rise to organized crime. Rather than avoiding the ties between Prohibition-era gangsters and big city politicians, Miller and Eig used archival material—newspapers, trial transcripts, witness interviews, and records from the NYPD and FBI—to recreate these powerful characters and the vivid world they shaped, controlled, and defined.

Cost: $10 members

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Reception and Book Signing for Members

Thursday, September 18, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Members of the Museum are invited to a preprogram reception and book signing with Donald L. Miller, Jonathan Eig, and John Russick.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required. Cash bar available.

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Members-Only Hours for The 1968 Exhibit

Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 9:00–9:30 a.m.

Sundays, October 5 and 12, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Museum invites members to exclusive viewings of The 1968 Exhibit, a state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibition that looks at how the experiences of that year fueled a sense of identity for the people who were there. During the first two weekends of the exhibition’s run, we’ll open the gallery early, giving you special access to this engaging and compelling story.

Cost: No reservations needed. Coffee and tea service included.

Medium Cool Film Screening

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. screening

Medium Cool plunges viewers into the social upheaval of 1968, including the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film—the debut feature of Chicago’s famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler—combines fictional and nonfictional content that reflects the conflicted nature of a country divided by issues of race, gender, poverty, crime, and war. Following the film, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Museum curator Joy Bivins will discuss Medium Cool and how it helped cement in the public eye the image of Chicago during that time. Please note: This film is rated R.

Cost: $10, reservations required. Cash bar available.

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Members' Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 13
Reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m.

All members are invited to join Museum president Gary T. Johnson for an evening of thoughtful discussion. The event includes refreshments and a presentation that highlights upcoming Museum activities. Guest speaker Patrick T. McBriarty, author and bridge historian, will discuss the importance of bridges in the development of the Windy City as chronicled in his photographic guidebook Chicago River Bridges. From the first wooden footbridge to moveable bridge technology and stories of bridge jumps, hear what made Chicago the drawbridge capital of the world.

Cost: Free, but reservations requested.

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Members' Holiday Party

Saturday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the city’s wintry splendor at the Members’ Holiday Party. Look back on Marshall Field and learn about his glamorous palace of a department store. Other festivities will include wintertime treats, live music, and family craft activities.

Cost: $20 members, $5 children, $25 members’ guests

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