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Jazz in Chicago: Yesterday and Today

February 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


In the bustling, booming 1920’s, Chicago was the jazz capital of the world — the hotbed in which Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Earl Hines created the entirely new sound and feel of swing. In this multimedia presentation, Sam Reese, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, will explain how the economic boom of the 1920’s, the Great Migration of African-Americans, and a gelling of a new American identity all came together to make Chicago a great jazz city, yesterday and today. Enjoy the ambiance of the Mansion’s Library as you get insight into the best-known Chicago jazz clubs, and where and when you can still hear great live jazz in the Windy City.

After the lecture, enjoy a live performance of Chicago Jazz repertoire by the Traditional Jazz Orchestra in the Grand Gallery.

$25/person (Includes lecture, performance, and light refreshments.)
Purchase tickets here.

All seating is general admission. Please note that all sales are final.


February 11
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM