WendyCity Tour: The Roaring 20s: Art Deco & Decadence

0 Posted by - May 4, 2015 - Tours, WendyCity

Saturdays at 6:00 pm.

The late 1920s-early 1930s was a heady time in Chicago.  The hot jazz and secret speakeasies that kept nightlife ablaze – despite Prohibition – coincided with the emergence of a sleek, new style eventually named Art Deco.  We will go on a unique journey exploring Roaring Twenties lifestyles alongside Chicago’s stunning examples of Art Deco architecture.  We’ll discuss the effect Prohibition had on Chicago, including, of course, the rise of the Chicago Outfit (Mob).  We’ll talk about the origins of Art Deco and how it manifested in Chicago.  Using vintage images, short video clips, and music, we will be immersed in this thrilling era of Chicago history.

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At each Art Deco building stop, we briefly explore one exciting topic that defined the era:

  • Century of Progress 1933-34 World’s Fair (and the scandalous Sally Rand)
  • Prohibition (and the rise of Walgreens…)
  • The Flapper and Josephine Baker
  • motion pictures
  • speakeasies
  • Al Capone and organized crime
  • the automobile
  • music and dance!

This tour recommended for adults only.

“Wendy is passionate about Chicago and Chicago’s legendary architecture, and her tours bring you right into that passion.”  ~John

Meeting Point:  Historic Chicago Motor Club / Hampton Inn (68 E Wacker Place)

Tour End: Palmer House Hilton (State & Monroe)

Drinks and appetizers at the Palmer House lobby are up to you – many options.

Running Time: 2.5 hours, walking 1.5 miles

$50 per person

Limited to 8 guests.

Please call*text*email me with any questions: wendysue302@yahoo.com, 312-810-6609

“Wendy makes the city come alive with her knowledge and her sheer love for the city. Her engaging presentations and enthusiastic attitude make her a stand-out guide. Her tours are well paced and full of interesting information about Chicago’s history, architecture, and important characters that made this city great.”  ~Michelle

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Sally Rand at the Chicago World’s Fair 1933

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The Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933-34

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - RUSH HOUR - LOOKING N FROM NEAR WRIGLEY - c1930

Bob Segal

Bob Segal

 

15 Comments

  • Chicago Art Deco November 9, 2014 - 11:22 pm Reply

    This is terrific Wendy. Definitely look for our Facebook post on this! Can’t wait to take the tour ourselves.

    • Wendy November 10, 2014 - 5:41 am Reply

      Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you!

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  • Dawn Marie Rivas January 29, 2017 - 6:11 pm Reply

    Hi ,
    I teach US history in New Jersey and often use Skype to engage my classes in what we are learning. We are beginning to study the Roaring 20s now and I was wondering ifyoud like to set up a skype call. I am open to anything that you might suggest. I’m sure they would love to learn about Prohibition or the gangsters…but I would appreciate any way to make this time period connect with them.

    Best regards,
    Dawn Rivas

    • Wendy February 15, 2017 - 9:15 pm Reply

      Hi, Dawn – Thank you for the invitation. Right now I am unable to do a Skype meeting with your class – lovely idea! – but I could recommend Ken Burns documentary on Prohibition (excellent!) as well as a variety of short YouTube clips that explain Al Capone and the mob in Chicago. All the best to you as you teach our young people history!

  • LISA MCFADDEN August 28, 2017 - 11:12 pm Reply

    Hello Wendy,
    I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my layover in Chicago. Your knowledge of Chicago’s architecture was truly impressive and so interesting! Hope to hear from you very soon with the millinery nugget you mentioned. It would be a great addition to our Milliners Guild newsletter. Thanks again -LISAM

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