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

    • 02/14/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hilton Chicago 3rd Floor, Williford B 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

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    • 02/14/2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

    February Luncheon

    The numbers are staggering. Millions of dollars in fundraising. As many as 10 million books and magazines. 500 existing locations. 36 from-scratch fully functioning locations. All in just months. All by an organization whose membership included only 3,300 people.

    Behind these numbers are the remarkable stories of how the American Library Association mobilized to serve the doughboys during WWI … all brought to life out of the ALA archives, which are managed at the University of Illinois in Urbana by our speaker Cara Bertram, who is a graduate of the northernmost university in the contiguous states. (As she’s introduced, you’ll find out where it is.)

    Bertram has access to accounts and documents you won’t see anywhere else. Come and learn about how the work the ALA membership began more than a century ago lives on today, here at home and overseas.

    February 14 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. Reserve and pay at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail

    • 02/14/2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave

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    Enjoy behind the scenes access to the SAIC Letterpress Studio. Enter the doors of 1308 Sharp & join us printing on vintage presses with metal & wood type.

    Light refreshments provided by the Caxton Club.

    February 14 On the Move:  Guests will meet at the Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago 60603.  Program begins at 5:00 pm.

    • 02/19/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

    February Dinner

    Dr. Lia Markey, Director of the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies, will discuss Johannes Stradanus’s Nova Reperta (c. 1588), a renowned print series of 20 engravings, representing 19 post-classical novelties as varied as eyeglasses, the cure for syphilis, and the New World.  Through an analysis of the prints, their Latin captions, and their preparatory drawings, Dr. Markey will show how the series depicts invention as both global and specifically Florentine and will investigate the relationship between innovation and cross-cultural exchange in the late sixteenth century.  This presentation will provide background to the “Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s Nova Reperta” exhibit co-curated by Caxtonian Suzanne Karr Schmidt which opens April 18 and will be a Caxton On the Move event in early May.

    The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow.  Program is free and open to the public.  Beverages available for $8-$15.  Three-course dinner: $66.  Reservations are required for either program or dinner only and the dinner/program.  They must be received by no later than NOON, Monday, February 17.  Dinner reservations cancelled after that time or no-shows will be billed. 

    Reserve and pay at or by calling 312-255-3710 or e-mail  We encourage members to reserve using our website.

    • 03/25/2020
    • 5:30 PM
    • Union League Club George N. Leighton Library 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60604

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    You must reserve through this link:

    • 06/17/2020
    • Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago IL 60610

    Save the Date!

    Caxton Club 125th Anniversary Celebration

Events of Interest

  • 02/13/2020 10:30 AM
    ARTspace Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605 - Lower Level - Salon C-4

Future Lunches

Future Dinners

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

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710