Join Paul Durica and Northwestern University's own Bill Savage as they become the "author" and "notes" of Chicago by Day and Night: A Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America.
Originally a contemporary unofficial guide for the visitor to the 1893 Colombian Exposition, aka World's Fair, who imagined himself a man about town, it now serves as an invaluable (and sometimes unintentionally hilarious) look into both the hot spots and underworld of the booming city around the fair. Fans of Chicago history, visitors to the Field Museum's current exhibit on the World's Fair, and readers The Devil in the White City and Sin in the Second City will want to catch this reading.
Monday, Apil 14. 5:30
University Library, New Book Alcove
(light refreshments to be served)
Praise for Chicago by Day and Night:
“With humor and keen insight, Paul Durica and Bill Savage reintroduce modern readers to Chicago's thrillingly lurid past. One hundred twenty years after its publication, Chicago by Day andNight remains a timeless and quintessential guide to the most sinful pleasures in the city's incandescent history.”
– Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City
“The pair’s notes on words, phrases, people and places in the text are delightfully informative.”
"If I’m from a small town in the Midwest, and I want to know what the action is going to be like in the big city, this might be something I would have purchased."
"This guidebook would make an 1892 Rachel Shteir’s head explode."
"I adore the concept…it felt as though I was placed in a time machine."
"The original pressing of Chicago by Day and Night was lost to history…[it’s] now been resurrected by Northwestern University Press."
"Bill and Paul are sensitive to the politics of race, sex, and class, but the notes are never dry—they set out to entertain as well as inform, and they succeed."
"It combines boosterism, a dash of morality and a wink and a nod to the city’s immorality of the time."
"[The guide book is] complemented with compelling annotations and commentary by Paul Durica and Bill Savage, two fine chroniclers of all things Chicago."