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Alcoholiday: Let's Celebrate the End of Prohibition

Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2015
Time: 
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: 
Gorton Community Center Grotto, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest
Cost: 
$50 members, $60 non-members in advance; $75 at the door

Join us for an Alcoholiday! Step back in time to celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment, the end of Prohibition in 1933. Listen to the strains of “Stormy Weather,” and eat and drink while learning about the history, food and drink of the era.

Sonja Kassebaum, of the North Shore Distillery, will create three unique cocktails from 1933 for guests to taste. Guests will hear about the history of each cocktail, how the alcohol was made, and other tidbits about contraband cocktails of the Prohibition era. Learn about bathtub gin, 3% beer and other fascinating facts.

John Binder, author of The Chicago Outfit, will regale us with stories of bootleg gin, speakeasies and the growth of the city’s underworld. He has been researching and studying organized crime in Chicago for over 20 years. 

This program is part of a series of programs exploring the year 1933, featured in the Historical Society’s annual mock newspaper, The Gem. Thank you to the North Shore Distillery and the Lake Forest Book Store for their support of this event.

Reservations are requested. Advance tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members; prices at the door are $75 for all. Each ticket purchase will provide one raffle ticket to win fun gift baskets.