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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 - September 28 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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Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour

Saturdays, July 7 - September 1 1 - 2:30 p.m.

On this walking tour, historian Sally Kalmbach will illuminate the lives of the prominent families and notable public figures of Gilded Age Chicago who once called the area home.

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Fall Exhibitions Member Preview

Friday, September 7 4 - 5:30 p.m. or 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Please join us for this Member Preview event. Hear informal gallery talks and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment.

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“All That Glitters” Chicago Portraits in the Gilded Age

Thursday September 20 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Cultural historian Celia Hilliard will take a look back at the sometimes fraught enterprise of Gilded Age portrait commissions.

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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 Timed entry at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 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 12 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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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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