Chicago Renaissance

Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis (hosted at the N.D. Ill. Court History Museum)

Because this event is free and space is limited, registration is currently limited to Club members only (no guests).  If space remains available in February, the Club will open registration up to guests at that time.

Please join us on February 13, 2019 at the Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum (located at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse) to hear author Liesl Olson discuss her new book, Chicago Renaissance.  The book is a celebration of Chicago and its centrality to the modernist movement.  Ms. Olson traces Chicago’s cultural development from the 1893 World’s Fair through mid-century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms during the first half of the twentieth century.  This event is complimentary to all Club members.  We invite you to take this opportunity to view the new museum, which celebrates 200 years of federal court history in Illinois.  Club members may register below or by emailing the Club at  Due to space constraints, we are not accepting guest registrations at this time.

Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany, Olson grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University.  She received her doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York City, and for four years she taught at the University of Chicago as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow.  She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Newberry Library.

The event will open at 5:00 p.m. to allow time to view the museum before Ms. Olson’s presentation begins at 5:40 p.m. Following the presentation, please join your fellow Club members at the Berghoff Bar for a no-host gathering (cash bar).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum
Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, Illinois

5:00 p.m. Registration and Museum Viewing
5:40 p.m. Speaker Begins
6:30 p.m. Adjournment to the Berghoff for an informal gathering (cash bar)

Tickets are free ($0.00) for Members.  Guests tickets are not available at this time.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your reservation, call 312.360.6428 or email 72 hours in advance of the event.

Registration Policies:  Because this event is  currently open to Club members only, please understand that online self-registration will not assure admittance to any of our events.  Please also note that online registration automatically adds registrants to the Club’s email distribution list.  If you wish to stop receiving Club emails, please notify us at

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Hourly Schedule

5:00 pm -
5:40 pm -
Speaker Begins
6:30 pm -
Adjournment to the Berghoff for an informal gathering (cash bar)

Book Event

Chicago Renaissance - Member Ticket FREE
Available Tickets: 35
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Feb 13 2019


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm




Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum
Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn Street, 21st Floor


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