Prohibition was the law of the land from 1919 to 1933. Residents with long memories and longer family histories may have stories recalling how they snuck a sip during the “dry” years. Some stories are well known -- No Man’s Land between Gross Point and Evanston rejected restrictions on imbibing, while Kenilworth stayed dry for decades. Speakeasies popped up here and there, and grand houses cleverly hid a bar or two. Come learn more about this fascinating time period as a panel of local historians discuss the history of prohibition on the North Shore.
- Bill Savage, author and professor at Northwestern University*
- Kathy O’Hara, local historian and president of the Village of Lake Bluff
- Buffalo Grove Park District Museum Curator Debbie Fandrei
- Teta Minuzzo, past president and archivist of the Highwood Historical Society
- Laurie Stein, curator of the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff
Copies of Savage’s two books, Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America, a guide to the steamier side of Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, and George Ade’s 1931 pro-Repeal tome, The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet-Not Dry, Just History, will be available for sale and signing after the discussion.