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Dark Side of History

tomb-croppedThe nights are getting longer and chillier,
so come spook yourself silly with us! Explore Chicago’s underbelly with these delightfully spine-tingling events.

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Big City Politics, Big City Crime

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

To understand big city politics, one must first understand big city crime. Join historians Donald L. Miller, author of Supreme City, and Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone, for a conversation with the Museum's John Russick about the particular conditions in New York City and Chicago that gave rise to organized crime. Rather than avoiding the ties between Prohibition-era gangsters and big city politicians, Miller and Eig used archival material—newspapers, trial transcripts, witness interviews, and records from the NYPD and FBI—to recreate these powerful characters and the vivid world they shaped, controlled, and defined.

Cost: $15, $10 members

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Reception and Book Signing for Members

Thursday, September 18, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Members of the Museum are invited to a preprogram reception and book signing with Donald L. Miller, Jonathan Eig, and John Russick.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required. Cash bar available.

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Walking Tour

Crime of the Century: Leopold & Loeb and the Murder of Bobby Franks

Saturday, September 20, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

On May 21, 1924, a young boy went missing. The next morning his father received a phone call informing him that his son had been beaten to death. This gruesome and senseless act stained Chicago’s history and still leaves many baffled. Take a tour of Kenwood with Paul Durica, visiting the scene of the crime and other sites connected to the murder of Bobby Franks. Meet at the corner of Forty-Ninth Street and Ellis Avenue.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Pub Crawl

Haunted History

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

Join supernatural expert Ursula Bielski on a journey by trolley to some of Chicago’s most haunted drinking establishments. Get a glimpse into the city’s paranormal past as you enjoy “spirits” on this spooktacular pub crawl.

Cost: $40, $30 members

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Cemetery Walking Tours

After Hours at Bohemian National Cemetery

Sundays, October 12 and November 9, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Spanning 126 acres, Bohemian National Cemetery contains one of the city’s finest collections of funerary art. Explore the grounds with historian Al Walavich after the gates are locked. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 5255 North Pulaski Road.

Sunday, October 12

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, November 9

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Graceland Cemetery

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 26,10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Experience the history of Old Chicago on a stroll through one of the country’s most famous cemeteries. Historian Al Walavich leads you through the graves of Graceland, including the final resting places of Marshall Field, Louis Sullivan, Potter and Bertha Palmer, and George Pullman. Meet at the cemetery entrance at 4001 North Clark Street.

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Saturday, October 25, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, October 26,10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, October 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Friday, October 31, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park’s Elusive Graves

Tuesday, October 28, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

Chicago’s early dead were trafficked into and out of the Chicago City Cemetery, the area’s first municipal graveyard. Pamela Bannos, author of the Hidden Truths project, shares stories of grave robbers, improper burials, and the confusion that led to the creation of Lincoln Park. Before midnight strikes, explore the gone but not forgotten history buried in the Museum’s backyard. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight. Meet at the Museum.

Cost: $40, $30 members

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Bus Tour

Dark Passages: A Tour of Chicago’s Places of Infamy

Saturday, November 15, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

For many years, crime historian Richard Lindberg has conducted exhaustive research into the darkest corners of Chicago history and is back with a new tour. Explore some of Chicago’s most notorious crime scenes, including the two Death Corners, one on the Near North Side where the Black Hand reigned in terror in the early 1900s and another in the stockyards district, where labor violence, devastating fires, and the Ragen’s Colts street gang wreaked havoc.
A tour of the yards would be incomplete without a stop at the infamous cesspool once known as Bubbly Creek. Meet at the Museum.

Cost: $55, $45 members. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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