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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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Upcoming Caxton events

    • 06/06/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Art Institute of Chicago 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60603

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    • 06/07/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    The football clash was beyond sold out and scalpers were raising their prices by the minute. An opportunist had bought the rights to a bluff overlooking the field and was selling standing room on the muddy surface. Fans were streaming into the stadium and betting lavishly on the outcome. This was collegiate powerhouse football. The year was 1893. The schools were Yale and Princeton.

    The Regenstein Library’s site used to be home to Stagg Field, which hosted U of Chicago football elevens that laid claim to two national titles. Harvard and Yale players raked in All America honors. Penn was a power.

    All at a cost. There were players with only the vaguest notion of where the classrooms were, coaches willing to twist the rules, win-at-all-cost boosters, and universities gone football mad — all egged on by cigar chomping reporters.

    Dave Revsine, author of The Opening Kickoff will tell the fascinating story of college football’s early days. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern, Revsine serves as the lead studio host for the Big Ten Network. He’ll spin a lively tale that is sure to delight — whether you’re an arm-chair quarterback or think a forward pass is a cheeky line from some guy in a bookstore.

    June 7 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. 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 Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail .

    • 06/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington, Chicago - Free Parking

    Channel your inner bookseller, meet fellow bibliophiles...

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    If you are available for two hours to staff our Caxton booth, please email to schedule your best time and date.

    • 06/19/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club

    Join us for book designer and photographer Bruce Kennett’s lushly-illustrated presentation on W.A. Dwiggins (1880-1956), educated in Chicago at Frank Holme’s School of Illustration. His wide-ranging talent, from designing legendary typefaces to puppetry, required the then-new term “graphic designer” to define him. But beyond the talent, Bruce will share his favorit aspect of the man: Dwiggins’ whimsy and wit. “WAD” believed that humor and satire were far more effective ways to bring about change than lecturing and finger-wagging. Bruce has plentiful examples of WAD’s output in this vein. June 19 th is Dwiggin’s birthday, and Bruce promises a rollicking good time celebrating a man who just plain loved to have fun. Copies of Bruce’s book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Letterform Archive, 2017) will be available for sale and signing for $80.

    This will conclude the Caxton Club 2018-2019 year and be the last meeting before our summer break.

    June Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6 pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $63.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, MONDAY, June 17. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve go to the website at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail


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60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710