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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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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 - Sold Out

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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A Portrait Artist Paints

Saturdays in November 1 – 4 p.m.

Watch a portrait come to life as notable Chicago portrait artist Michael Van Zeyl creates a masterpiece in the Museum.

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Art, Money, and Celebrity: Portraits as Cultural Currency

Thursday, November 1 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Beauty’s Legacy curator, Barbara Gallati, discusses a series of important portrait exhibitions organized by members of the social elite for charitable purposes.

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The Art of Gilded Frames

Wednesday November 7 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Bernacki & Associates will explore the extraordinary craftsmanship and specialized techniques of hand carved and gilded frames.

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Selfies of the Gilded Age

Saturday November 10 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore portraits from the past and how we make them today through our two Gilded Age portrait exhibitions.

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“Every Stroke Telling”: John Singer Sargent and Gilded Age Portraiture

Tuesday November 13 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Explores Sargent’s talents as a storyteller of the brush, focusing on how the artist’both drew from the past and pushed painting in new directions at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Gilded Age Traditions and Holiday Tea at The Drake

Fridays and Saturdays November 30 – December 15 2 – 5 p.m.

Explore the Christmas traditions of Gilded Age Chicago, visit historic landmarks, and enjoy afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel – a quintessential Chicago tradition.

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2018 Member Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 6 2 - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 - 5 p.m., 5 - 6:30 p.m., 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Members and their guests are invited to celebrate the season while enjoying the warm atmosphere of the Museum’s festive décor.

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Santa at the Museum

Saturdays and Sundays, December 8 - 16 Timed Tickets for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & Noon

Due to popular demand, we’ve added Sundays to our annual Santa event! Art projects, lively story time, and sing-a-longs provide fun for the entire family.

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Holiday Cabaret: The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Friday December 14 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Chicago favorites Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael celebrate the season with innovative and fun twists on beloved holiday tunes. Tickets include drinks and nibbles.

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