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The Caxton Club brings together a diversified group of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and other interested individuals; into a community who share a love of books and provides them a forum to learn about their history, production, and preservation; to heighten their appreciation of outstanding content, design and production; and to share in the joys of fine books.

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    • 12/12/2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.

    REVELS 2018

    magic * Live jazz * silent auction

    Wednesday, December 12

    We're trying some experiments for Revels this year. 

    For one thing, we will be in two new rooms on the first floor at The Newberry. 

    We'll have a silent auction only, in Rettinger Hall, which we hope will be the social highlight of the evening.  Members will be encouraged to sip libations and exchange stories as they shop for bargains.

    But that's not all:  In a return to Caxton Club traditions, we will be entertained with live music and magic!  The magic will be performed by Club member and magic professional John Railing, and vocal jazz will be by Laura Freeman.

    Dinner will be a three-course buffet in the Baskes Boardroom.

    Dinner is $63; drinks tickets will be available for $5 each.

    Reservations must be received by NOON on December 10. Dinner cancellations after this time and no-shows will require payment.  To reserve go on line to; phone (312)255-3710, or email

    SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS: To make it easy to donate items for the silent auction, members of the auction committee will accept donations at the November dinner meeting and at the December luncheon meeting.  If that's not convenient, e-mail and the committee will arrange to pick up your donation.  We ask that you bring along a scrap of paper with each item, giving your name and contact information plus anything you might know about it (such as:  Where did you get it?  Do you have any idea what, if anything, you paid for it?)

    • 01/11/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    D. Bradford Hunt:

    Planning Chicago

    Think of this one as The Chicago Plan Meets The Chicago Way.

    We're going to jump forward from Burnham's vision to the reality of Chicago as it actually gets built, torn down, and built again.

    Our guide for this excursion into the room where it happens will be Brad Hunt, Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry Library, and co-author of Planning Chicago.

    The armchair tour will step off in the late 1950's, when the elder Daley was in da Mare's office and the race was on to further develop downtown -- while still protecting the lakefront.  Neighborhoods were also in on the action -- but some more than others.  Brad Hunt will draw on his own, the Newberry's, and the Chicago Collection Consortium's superb resources to tell a crackling tale of how Chicago came to look the way it does today ... as he battles continue to rage.

    A fan of purple cows and Ephs, Brad Hunt has a PhD from Cal -- but his time in coastal states hasn't diminished his Chicago cred a bit.  Come and see for yourself, you'll never look at your city the same way again.

    January 11 Luncheon:  Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.  Buffet opens at 11:30 am; Program 12:30 - 1:30.  Luncheon is $35.  Program free but please let us know you're coming.  Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon on Wednesday the week of the luncheon (no-shows will be billed).  Reserve online at, call (312)255-3710, or e-mail


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710