• 05/21/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

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    • 05/21/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Union League Club of Chicago: George N. Leighton Library, 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604

    The Caxton Club’s "Chicago by the Book" profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago from the past 170 years that have helped define the city and its image. Each title is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile. There is a common thread of people and events from the 140 years of ULCC history throughout "Chicago by the Book." Our presenters and moderator will be pulling three of those threads.

    Kim Coventry, Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and co-chair of Caxton Club’s Publications Committee on the selection process for the 101 publications and R.R. Donnelley’s Lakeside Classics. On display will be the ULCC’s complete set of the series.

    Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University, on "The Plan of Chicago, 1909" by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett. On display will be ULCC archival materials related to the Plan and Burnham.

    Will Hansen, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana at the Newberry Library, on the "Chicago Railroad Fair Official Guide Book and Program" for the Pageant “Wheels a-Rolling” in 1948. On display will be archival materials and artifacts from ULCC member involvement in the railroad industry and decades-old Railway Supply Group.

    The reception with book sales and signing starts at 5:30 pm followed by the program at 6:00 pm. We will continue selling books and the authors will be available for signing after the program at 7:00 pm. The price is $20 per person for non-members. Reservations and/or tickets are required. Please note that for Library Events, Union League Club of Chicago adheres to a "business casual"dress code which allows dress denim but no t-shirts or athletic wear. Please share the dress code with your guests. Call Club Services if you have any questions. 800-443-0578.




    • 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 caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxton-club@newberry.org .

    • 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 jv.everydaydesign@rcn.com 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 caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

    • 06/25/2019
    • University of Chicago Gleacher Center, downtown Chicago

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    Course Times, Dates and Location

    Tuesdays 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    Summer: 25 June to 13 August 2019

    Location: The University of Chicago Gleacher Center

    Course Description

    From the time of Jane Addams and the pioneering works of Park, Burgess and Wirth of the Chicago School of Sociology in the 1920s and 1930s, there have been numerous attempts to analyze and explain the significance of Chicago’s diversity, its social problems and challenges facing the neighborhoods. This course will read some of the more important works from the “Chicago School” including Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House; Robert Ezra Park and Ernest W. Burgess, The City; Harvey Warren Zorbaugh, The Gold Coast and the Slums; and more recent works by William Julius Wilson, More than Just Race; David Ranney, Living and Dying on the Factor Floor, or Robert Sampson, the Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect.

    Course Instructor

    Clinton E. Stockwell, M.A.; M.L.A.; Ph.D.

    Textbooks Recommended

    The Caxton Club and Neil Harris, Chicago by the Book: 101 Books that have Shaped Chicago’s Image. The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

    Textbooks Required

    Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House. Addams Publications, 2011.

    Robert Ezra Park and Ernest W. Burgess, Introduction by Robert Sampson, The City (The Heritage of Sociology). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

    David Ranney, Living and Dying on the Factory Floor: From the Outside In and the Inside Out. PM Press-None Edition, 2019.

    William Julius Wilson, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City. WW Norton, 2010.

    Harvey Warren Zorbaugh, The Gold Coast and the Slums: A Sociological Study of Chicago’s Near North Side. The University of Chicago Press 1983.

Past events

05/15/2019 Dinner Program and Annual Business Meeting | Lynne M. Thomas on “Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman”
05/10/2019 Luncheon Program | Preserving The Legacy or Digitizing Dime Novels | Matthew Short
05/04/2019 Panel Discussion | Four Views on Chicago by the Book | David Buisseret, Teri Edelstein, Bob Karrow, and Susan F. Rossen
05/04/2019 Volunteer Opportunity | Channel Your Inner Bookseller, Meet Fellow Bibliophiles | Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair
05/01/2019 First Printing of Chicago by the Book Available at May Meetings
04/25/2019 Caxton on the Move | Panel Discussion | Chicago by the Book: The Federal Writers Project’s Illinois Unit
04/24/2019 "Rosenwald" a film by Aviva Kempner | Presented by ULCC Archives Subcommittee
04/17/2019 Dinner Program | Eric White on “The Gutenberg Bible”
04/11/2019 Architecture Lecture Series | Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image
04/10/2019 Cocktails & Conversations with Alex Kotlowitz & Ben Austen
04/02/2019 Course | The Chicago Tradition of Literary Naturalism | Clinton E. Stockwell M.A; M.L.A.; Ph.D.
03/20/2019 Dinner Program | Anton Roman, The Pioneering Bookseller and Publisher of the American West | John Crichton
03/08/2019 Luncheon Program | Lost Restaurants of Chicago | Greg Borzo
03/07/2019 Luncheon | Celebrating Women of Illinois: Past, Present and Future | Rebecca Sive
02/10/2019 Panel Discussion | Celia Hilliard, Dan Meyer & Timothy Mennel - Chicago by the Book
02/08/2019 Luncheon Program | February 8
02/07/2019 Panel Discussion | Susan Rossen, Nina Barrett, Dominic Pacyga, and Garry Wills on Chicago by the Book | Bookends & Beginnings
02/07/2019 On The Move | Curated Tour and Private Dinner | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works That Changed Chicago
01/30/2019 RESCHEDULED: On the Move | American Writers Museum
01/16/2019 January 2019 Dinner Program
01/14/2019 Exhibition Ending March 22 | Chicago by the Book: Pivotal Works that Changed Chicago
01/11/2019 January 2019 Luncheon Program
12/12/2018 December Dinner: Revels 2018
12/07/2018 December 2018 Luncheon Program
11/28/2018 November 2018 Dinner Program - One Week Later
11/09/2018 Stranger Than Fiction presents Kim Coventry & Susan F. Rossen on AuthorsVoice.net
11/09/2018 November 2018 Luncheon Program
11/06/2018 Eye of the Beholder: Visitor Experience at 19th-Century World Fairs A Lecture by Ruth Slatter
10/12/2018 October 2018 Luncheon Program
10/11/2018 Clare Asquith: Shakespeare and the Resistance
09/25/2018 On the Move: September 25, 2018
09/21/2018 Sept 2018 Luncheon Program
09/13/2018 Bruce Rogers, Modern Design, and Chicago’s Caxton Club
09/12/2018 Sept 2018 Dinner Program
06/20/2018 June 2018 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2018 June 2018 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2018 May 2018 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2018 May 2018 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2018 April 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/21/2018 March 2018 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2018 March 2018 Luncheon Meeting
02/21/2018 February 2018 Dinner Meeting
02/09/2018 February 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/17/2018 January 2018 Dinner Meeting
01/12/2018 January 2018 Luncheon Meeting
01/04/2018 Caxton Club - Chicago Map Society Joint Event
12/13/2017 December 2017 Revels - Dinner
12/08/2017 December 2017 Luncheon Meeting
11/15/2017 November 2017 Dinner Meeting
11/10/2017 November 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/18/2017 October 2017 Dinner Meeting
10/13/2017 October 2017 Luncheon Meeting
10/06/2017 Caxton On the Move October 2017
09/20/2017 September 2017 Dinner Meeting
09/08/2017 September 2017 Luncheon Meeting
06/21/2017 June 2017 Dinner Meeting
06/13/2017 Caxton Club On the Move June 2017
06/09/2017 June 2017 Luncheon Meeting
05/17/2017 May 2017 Dinner Meeting
05/12/2017 May 2017 Luncheon Meeting
04/19/2017 April 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2017 March 2017 Dinner Meeting
03/10/2017 March 2017 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2017 February 2017 Dinner Meeting
02/10/2017 February 2017 Luncheon Meeting
01/18/2017 January 2017 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2017 January 2017 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2016 December 2016 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2016 December 2016 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2016 November 2016 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2016 November 2016 Luncheon Meeting
10/19/2016 October 2016 Dinner Meeting
10/14/2016 October 2016 Luncheon Meeting
09/21/2016 September 2016 Dinner Meeting
09/09/2016 September 2016 Luncheon Meeting
06/15/2016 June 2016 Dinner Meeting
06/10/2016 June 2016 Luncheon Meeting
05/18/2016 May 2016 Dinner Meeting
05/13/2016 May 2016 Luncheon Meeting
04/20/2016 April 2016 Dinner Meeting
03/11/2016 March 2016 Luncheon Meeting
03/09/2016 The Great Caxton Bookbinding Auction
02/17/2016 February 2016 Dinner Meeting
02/12/2016 February 2016 Luncheon Meeting
01/20/2016 January 2016 Dinner Meeting
01/08/2016 January 2016 Luncheon Meeting
12/16/2015 December 2015 Dinner Meeting
12/11/2015 December 2015 Luncheon Meeting
11/18/2015 November 2015 Dinner Meeting
11/13/2015 November 2015 Luncheon Meeting
10/21/2015 October 2015 Dinner Meeting
10/09/2015 October 2015 Luncheon Meeting
09/16/2015 September 2015 Dinner Meeting
09/11/2015 September 2015 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2015 June 2015 Dinner Meeting
06/12/2015 June 2015 Luncheon Meeting
05/20/2015 May 2015 Dinner Meeting
05/08/2015 May 2015 Luncheon Meeting
04/15/2015 April 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/18/2015 March 2015 Dinner Meeting
03/13/2015 March 2015 Luncheon Meeting
02/18/2015 February 2015 Dinner Meeting
02/13/2015 February 2015 Luncheon Meeting
01/21/2015 Janurary 2015 Dinner Meeting
01/09/2015 Janurary 2015 Luncheon Meeting
12/17/2014 December 2014 Dinner Meeting
12/12/2014 December 2014 Luncheon Meeting
11/19/2014 November 2014 Dinner Meeting
11/14/2014 November 2014 Luncheon Meeting
10/15/2014 October 2014 Dinner Meeting
10/10/2014 October 2014 Luncheon Meeting
09/17/2014 September 2014 Dinner Meeting
09/12/2014 September 2014 Luncheon Meeting
06/18/2014 June 2014 Dinner Meeting
06/16/2014 Special Event for Caxtonians in June
06/13/2014 June 2014 Luncheon Meeting
05/21/2014 May 2014 Dinner Meeting
05/09/2014 May 2014 Luncheon Meeting
04/16/2014 April 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/19/2014 March 2014 Dinner Meeting
03/14/2014 March 2014 Luncheon Meeting
02/19/2014 February 2014 Dinner Meeting
02/14/2014 February 2014 Luncheon Meeting
01/22/2014 January 2014 Dinner Meeting
01/10/2014 January 2014 Luncheon Meeting
12/18/2013 December 2013 Dinner Meeting
12/13/2013 December 2013 Luncheon Meeting
11/20/2013 November 2013 Dinner Meeting
11/11/2013 November 2013 Special Event
11/08/2013 November 2013 Luncheon Meeting
10/16/2013 October 2013 Dinner Meeting
10/11/2013 October 2013 Luncheon Meeting
09/18/2013 September 2013 Dinner Meeting
09/13/2013 September 2013 Luncheon Meeting
06/19/2013 June 2013 Dinner Meeting
06/14/2013 June 2013 Luncheon Meeting
05/15/2013 May 2013 Dinner Meeting
05/10/2013 May 2013 Luncheon Meeting
04/17/2013 April 2013 Dinner Meeting
04/06/2013 2013 Caxton/Newberry Symposium
03/20/2013 March 2013 Dinner Meeting
03/15/2013 An Extra Dinner for March 2013
03/08/2013 March 2013 Luncheon Meeting
02/20/2013 February 2013 Dinner Meeting
02/08/2013 February 2013 Luncheon Meeting
01/16/2013 Janurary 2013 Dinner Meeting
01/11/2013 January 2013 Luncheon Meeting
12/12/2012 December 2012 Dinner Meeting
12/07/2012 December 2012 Luncheon Meeting
11/14/2012 November 2012 Dinner Meeting
11/09/2012 November 2012 Luncheon Meeting
10/17/2012 October 2012 Dinner Meeting
10/12/2012 October 2012 Luncheon Meeting
09/19/2012 September 2012 Dinner Meeting
09/14/2012 September 2012 Luncheon Meeting
06/20/2012 June 2012 Dinner Meeting
06/08/2012 June 2012 Luncheon Meeting
05/16/2012 May 2012 Dinner Meeting
05/11/2012 May 2012 Luncheon Meeting
04/18/2012 April 2012 Dinner Meeting
04/13/2012 April 2012 Luncheon Meeting
03/21/2012 March 2012 Dinner Meeting
03/09/2012 March 2012 Luncheon Meeting
02/15/2012 February 2012 Dinner Meeting
02/10/2012 February 2012 Luncheon Meeting
01/18/2012 January 2012 Dinner Meeting
01/13/2012 January 2012 Luncheon Meeting
12/14/2011 December 2011 Dinner Meeting
12/09/2011 December 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/11/2011 November 2011 Luncheon Meeting
11/09/2011 November 2011 Dinner Meeting
10/19/2011 October 2011 Dinner Meeting
10/14/2011 October 2011 Luncheon Meeting
09/21/2011 September 2011 Dinner Meeting
09/09/2011 September 2011 Luncheon Meeting
06/15/2011 June 2011 Dinner Meeting
06/10/2011 June 2011 Luncheon Meeting
05/18/2011 May 2011 Dinner Meeting
05/13/2011 May 2011 Luncheon Meeting
04/08/2011 April 2011 Luncheon Meeting
03/18/2011 March 2011 Symposium Dinner
03/11/2011 March 2011 Luncheon Meeting
02/16/2011 February 2011 Dinner Meeting
02/11/2011 February 2011 Luncheon Meeting
01/19/2011 January 2011 Dinner Meeting
01/14/2011 January 2011 Luncheon Meeting
12/15/2010 December 2010 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/10/2010 December 2010 Luncheon Meeting
11/16/2010 November 2010 Dinner Meeting
11/12/2010 November 2010 Luncheon Meeting
10/20/2010 October 2010 Dinner Meeting
10/07/2010 October 2010 Luncheon Meeting
09/15/2010 September 2010 Dinner Meeting
09/10/2010 September 2010 Luncheon Meeting
06/17/2010 June Dinner
06/11/2010 June Lunch
01/20/2010 January Dinner Meeting
12/16/2009 December 2009 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
04/04/2009 2009 Caxton/Newberry Symposium on the Book
12/10/2008 December 2008 Dinner Meeting - Revels & Auction!
12/05/2008 December 2008 Luncheon Meeting


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