Foxy Ed’s: A Shot of History with Bill Savage
A Shot of History with Bill Savage brings anything-but-basic history lessons to your happy hour. Tonight’s topic – Open City: Chicago Saloon Culture of the 1890s
Explore the diverse and dynamic culture of Chicago’s Gilded Age saloons. From the private opulence of members-only social clubs and the respectable “American bars” of the Loop, to the industrial environs of Back of the Yards’ “Whiskey Row” or the “low dives” of the Levee and other vice districts, booming Chicago offered a spectrum of places to get a beer, whiskey, or cocktail. But wherever you chose to imbibe, where you drank defined who you were in this wide-open city.
Foxy Ed’s will be open for regular service from 5pm to Midnight.
About Bill Savage:
Bill Savage teaches Chicago literature, history, and culture at Northwestern University and the Newberry Library of Chicago, where he teaches the seminar “The City that Drinks.” He co-edited (with Paul Durica) an annotated edition of “Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America” (Northwestern University Press, 2013), a guide to nightlife in the city outside the 1893 World’s Fair. He also introduced and annotated Chicago Athletic Association member George Ade’s “The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet, Not Dry—Just History” (University of Chicago Press, 2016), a 1931 polemic in favor of Repeal of Prohibition. Besides these scholarly credentials, Savage also worked as a bartender for over 30 years.
About Foxy Ed’s:
125 years ago, the Chicago Athletic Association opened its doors amidst the World’s Fair. Today, the hotel narrates the past with Foxy Ed’s. Step inside the saloon that never was, where Mid meets West, fact meets fiction, and time stands still.. Open Thursdays-Saturdays from 5pm-12am in May. Learn More