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Help Wanted: The Summer Servants Tour

Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 - September 28 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Extended through September! In this popular living history tour, you will play the role of a prospective candidate, hoping to fill one of the household’s domestic service vacancies.

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Saints & Sinners Walking Tour: Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice

Fridays, July 6 - October 26 2 - 5 p.m.

Through visits to the Gold Coast neighborhood’s churches and watering holes we will discuss Chicago’s history of prohibition and highlight the main characters in the City’s Temperance movement.

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Chicago's Gold Coast Patronage and the 1893 World's Fair

Saturdays, September 8 - October 13 1 - 2:30 p.m.

In honor of the city’s 125th Anniversary celebration of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Sally Kalmbach, will treat you to tales about the famous Gold Coast residents and architects who designed buildings for the White City.

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SOLD OUT - Travel Tour: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Saturday, September 22 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. (approx.)

Our fall travel tour will visit the historic and artistic sites of Grand Rapids, Michigan including the Meyer May House, the Meijer Gardens and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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Book Club: The Age of Innocence

Saturday, September 29 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Edith Wharton‘s 1920 novel tells the story of couple, Newland Archer and May Welland, and the challenges they face deciding between desire and obligation.

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A Toast to the Gilded Age: American Craft Whiskey

Friday, October 5, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy live music and unearth quirky, fun facts about the origins of American whiskey culture as you sip and sample food and drink pairings.

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The Stony Island Arts Bank and A Johnson Publishing Story

Sunday, October 7 8:30am-1:00pm

Members and their guests are invited to visit The Stony Island Arts Bank and view the dynamic “A Johnson Publishing Story” organized by Theaster Gates.

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2018 Signature Lecture: Mansions and Matrons: Women, Wealth, and the Power Houses of America’s Gilded Age

Wednesday, October 10 6 - 8 p.m.

This year’s Signature Lecture continues our exploration of women and design by examining the role women played in the rise of the luxurious mansion in the Gilded Age.

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Magic at the Museum

Saturday, October 13 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Magician Sean Masterson delights all ages, imaginatively combining sleight-of-hand, mind-blowing illusions and audience participation.

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Gilded Chicago: Portraits of a Proud Era

Thursday, October 18 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jeannine Falino will discuss the ascent of the City’s emerging industrialists and the solidification of their new wealth through the purchase of homes, furnishings, and portraits.

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8th Annual Murder Mystery: Oscar Madness

October 19, 20, 26, & 27 7 - 10 p.m.

This year’s Murder Mystery celebrates the Oscars’ 90th year with a tribute to silent films and the first celebration of excellence in moving pictures!

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Death, Disease & Bones: A Lincoln Park Walking Tour

Fridays and Saturdays, October 19 - 27 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach will lead the way as you discover Lincoln Park’s macabre history as a vast, windswept burial site.

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Chicago Opera Theater’s Iolanta

Tuesday, October 23 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Opera at the Marble Palace! Experience the opulent music of the Gilded Age with Tchaikovsky’s last opera.

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Making Magnificence: Architects, Stuccatori, and the 18th-Century Interior

Wednesday, October 24 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join author Christine Casey for a presentation on her recently published book, which tells the remarkable story of the craftsmen of Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland.

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