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The Third Coast with Thomas Dyja

Sunday, April 22, 2018
3 p.m.
Hunter Family Education Hall, Historical Society, 509 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
$20 members, $30 non-members

Author Thomas Dyja joins us to discuss his critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture.

Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made it the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja recreates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America - from Chess Records to Playboy, McDonald's to the University of Chicago. Populated with an incredible cast of characters, including Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Turkel, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, The Third Coast recalls the prominence of the Windy City in all its grandeur.

Coming from out of town?  Trains from Chicago (and all stops in between) arrive in Lake Forest at 11:33 pm and 1:33 pm if you'd like to have lunch before the lecture. The Historical Society is one and a half blocks from the UP-North Metra Train Station in Lake Forest.  There are several lunch spots also within walking distance--and a Starbucks across the street. Trains head back to the city (and all stops in between) at 4:24pm, 5:23 pm, 7:24 pm and later if dinner plans are on the agenda!

Sign Up for the IIT Walking Tour!
Don't miss the walking tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 28 at 11 am with CAF Docent and Historical Society Program Committee Member, Tina Strauss.  The IIT campus is an area referenced in The Third Coastbook and is a must-see for followers of modern architecture, particularly the designs of Mies van der Rohe. The tour will cover a "Then and Now" of what's been lost and what remains.

Thank you to our Illinois Bicentennial Program Sponsors:

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