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In September of 1918, a Motion Picture Commission gathered in Chicago to debate the future of film censorship. Chicago retained a censorship code until the 1960s.
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Contact Natalie Conti, Member Services Coordinator, at 312-799-2272.

Members-Only Hours for The 1968 Exhibit

Saturdays, October 4 and 11, 9:00–9:30 a.m.

Sundays, October 5 and 12, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Museum invites members to exclusive viewings of The 1968 Exhibit, a state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibition that looks at how the experiences of that year fueled a sense of identity for the people who were there. During the first two weekends of the exhibition’s run, we’ll open the gallery early, giving you special access to this engaging and compelling story.

Cost: No reservations needed. Coffee and tea service included.

Members Early Bird Tickets for Moth StorySLAM: Resilience

Wednesday, October 8

Museum open to the public at 6:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Stories begin at 8:00 p.m.

Join us on the 143rd anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire for a heated Moth StorySLAM hosted by Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! panelist.

Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions that are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share. Hailed as “brilliant, and quietly addictive” by theGuardian, don’t miss what theVillage Voice deems “the most memorable and hilarious narratives… and exuberant moveable feast.”

Members can purchase exclusive early bird tickets starting September 24 (limited seating).

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Medium Cool Film Screening

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. screening

Medium Cool plunges viewers into the social upheaval of 1968, including the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film—the debut feature of Chicago’s famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler—combines fictional and nonfictional content that reflects the conflicted nature of a country divided by issues of race, gender, poverty, crime, and war. Following the film, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and Museum curator Joy Bivins will discuss Medium Cool and how it helped cement in the public eye the image of Chicago during that time. Please note: This film is rated R.

Cost: $10, reservations required. Cash bar available.

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Members' Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 13
Reception at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m.

All members are invited to join Museum president Gary T. Johnson for an evening of thoughtful discussion. The event includes refreshments and a presentation that highlights upcoming Museum activities. Guest speaker Patrick T. McBriarty, author and bridge historian, will discuss the importance of bridges in the development of the Windy City as chronicled in his photographic guidebook Chicago River Bridges. From the first wooden footbridge to moveable bridge technology and stories of bridge jumps, hear what made Chicago the drawbridge capital of the world.

Cost: Free, but reservations requested.

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Members' Holiday Party

Saturday, December 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the city’s wintry splendor at the Members’ Holiday Party. Look back on Marshall Field and learn about his glamorous palace of a department store. Other festivities will include wintertime treats, live music, and family craft activities.

Cost: $20 members, $5 children, $25 members’ guests

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