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Contact Natalie Conti, Member Services Coordinator, at 312-799-2272.

Event Listing

Medium Cool Film Screening

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. screening

Medium Cool plunges viewers into the social upheaval of 1968, including the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film—the debut feature of Chicago’s famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler—combines fictional and nonfictional content that reflects the conflicted nature of a country divided by issues of race, gender, poverty, crime, and war. Following the film, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Museum curator Joy Bivins will discuss Medium Cool and how it helped cement in the public eye the image of Chicago during that time. Please note: This film is rated R.

Cost: $10, reservations required. Cash bar available.

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The Better Angels Film Screening

Tuesday, November 4
6:30 p.m. screening

See this movie before its November 7 release date! Produced by Terrence Malick and starring Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley, The Better Angels sheds new light on the little-explored formative years of Abraham Lincoln, as well as the women who shaped him into one of the most revered men in American history. The film is an impactful, emotional story that yields the spirit of the tale’s timeless hero. This film is rated PG.

Cost: Free, but reservations requested.

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Members' Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 13
Reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m.

All members are invited to join Museum president Gary T. Johnson for an evening of thoughtful discussion. The event includes refreshments and a presentation that highlights upcoming Museum activities. Guest speaker Patrick T. McBriarty, author and bridge historian, will discuss the importance of bridges in the development of the Windy City as chronicled in his photographic guidebook Chicago River Bridges. From the first wooden footbridge to moveable bridge technology and stories of bridge jumps, hear what made Chicago the drawbridge capital of the world.

Cost: Free, but reservations requested.

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Members' Holiday Party

Saturday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the city’s wintry splendor at the Members’ Holiday Party. Look back on Marshall Field and learn about his glamorous palace of a department store. Other festivities will include wintertime treats, live music, and family craft activities.

Cost: $20 members, $5 children, $25 members’ guests

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