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Upcoming Chicago Interest Seminars

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Starting: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesdays, June 9 – August 4 (class will not meet July 7; we will meet from 6:15 – 8:15 pm on June 16)
Best Addresses: Notable Residential Streets in Chicago
Led by Diane Dillon

Seminar Description

Through a series of walking tours, we will explore some of Chicago’s best addresses —streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events. Examples will be drawn from a variety of neighborhoods, including Prairie Avenue, the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lake Shore East, Lakeview, and Hyde Park...


Starting: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesdays, June 9 – July 28
Chicago Playwrights and Their Plays
Led by Todd Bauer

Seminar Description

This seminar offers the unique opportunity to meet Chicago-based playwrights, engage in an in-depth dialogue about their work, and gain an intimate glimpse into their creative process. Each week we will read and discuss one work from our visiting playwright, ranging from established plays that have had a number of...


Starting: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesdays, June 17 – August 5
Jazz: A Listener's Guide
Led by Karl Seigfried

Seminar Description

Gain a deeper understanding of America’s original music from a listener’s perspective. Learn about the great musicians of the jazz tradition, explore the music’s fascinating social history, and discover Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. We will study the development of early jazz in New...


Starting: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesdays, June 17 – July 22
The City That Drinks: Chicago Saloon History, Culture, and Literature
Led by Bill Savage

Seminar Description

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 the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, to generations of ethnically-identified bars, such venues have provided a “third place” where people...