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Events Mon Dec 06 2010

The Dil Pickle Club - Revived!

The original entrance to the Dil Pickle Club, from

No, it's not a club for vinegary cucumber fans. In the 1900s, the Dill Pickle Club was a speakeasy/caberet/theatre that became the center of the "Chicago Renaissance." Formed by Wobbly Jack Jones, and located in Tooker Alley (now Tooker Place), off of Dearborn downtown, the Dil Pickle Club was frequented by many activists, writers, and speakers, such as Clarence Darrow, Elizabeth Davis, Upton Sinclair, and Carl Sandburg. These "Dil Pickle Artisans" convened to promote arts, crafts, science, and literature, the club was a place for debates and sharing ideas, as well as a spot for plays, opera, poetry readings, and jazz. Once the Great Depression hit, the club began to decline, and finally shut down in 1934.

Well, on Thursday, Dec. 9, the Dil Pickle Club is coming back! From 7 to 11pm at the Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee), join a discussion group rife with prominent speakers and be prepared to delve into controversial, off-beat, and intellectual topics. The Dec. 9 club emphasis will be on FIGHT/FLIGHT, which will include:

  • How to Take a Punch by Bill Hillmann, with an interlude about Chicago Park District Boxers by Fred Sasaki and Jacob S. Knabb

  • Flight Painting by Peggy Macnamara and notes on Nathan Leopold's Warblers by Paul Genesius Durica

  • Rocket Launch by Nat Ward and Kenneth Morrison

  • And much, much more!

The Dil Pickle Club Revival is free and open to the public, and beverages will be available for sale. (Because you can't have the revival of a controversial club without beverages!)

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