Two Chicago-focused authors--Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja--will discuss a "canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century" tonight at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Steinberg, a Sun-Times writer, is the author of You Were Never in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Dyja, a third-generation Chicagoan (although now a Manhattanite), is author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream (Penguin, 2013). Admission is free but reservations are required. Doors open at 5:30pm.
Martyrs' hosts the monthly Most StorySLAM this evening at 8:00pm. Audience members are invited to bring a five-minute story on the evening's theme (see The Moth Website for details). A group of audience members will judge the stories, and the winner of tonight's event goes on to the semifinals. Admission is $8, but a limited amount of advance tickets will be available through The Moth Website. Martyrs': 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.