Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Chicago Detours Presents “Badass Women of Chicago History”
Storytelling event celebrates unsung heroines for Women’s History Month
On the evening of Friday, March 22, tour company Chicago Detours will host “Badass Women of Chicago History,” a live storytelling event celebrating Women’s History Month. For this special presentation at the historic Hideout Inn, lively presenters will share stories of Chicago heroines on the peripheries of history. As these talented performers share their narratives, visual and audio elements like images and songs will help bring the stories to life. Chicago Detours will donate a portion of proceeds from the event to the Chicago Women’s Health Center.
This year’s presenters for the second annual “Badass Women of Chicago History" event are in no particular order:
- City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson will use his colorful, personal approach to history to share the larger-than-life tale of nightclub entertainer Texas Guinan’s time in Chicago’s infamous Green Mill.
- Presenter Velma Gladney has been motivating and educating audiences through her storytelling for the past twenty years. Velma will tell the inspiring story of Bessie Coleman, an aviation pioneer and the first woman of African American and Native American descent to earn a pilot’s license.
- Mary Lu Seidel is a lifelong community organizer and the Director of Community Engagement for Preservation Chicago. She is inspired by the life of Gale Cincotta, whose tireless fight to make housing affordable and equitable for all families made a lasting impact not just in Chicago but across the US.
- Writer and artist Laura Hawbaker will tell the story of Leona Woods Marshall, the often overlooked American physicist who was the only woman present at the creation of the world’s first nuclear chain reaction.
- Actor, scientist and storyteller Krista Damico will introduce the audience to the godmother of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee. Her intricately detailed crime scene dioramas made her an expert on homicide investigation.
- Elizabeth Harper is a Chicago poet and the host of Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thing variety show at Phyllis’ Musical Inn. She’ll share how Phyllis Jaskot founded that historic institution in 1954 as a polka bar in what was then Wicker Park’s Polish Broadway.
- Julia Berkowitz is an IBEW electrician and recording secretary for the Illinois Labor History Society. She will explore the organizing efforts of women steel workers in the Chicago area in the 1970s.
Originally built in 1881 as a boarding house for nearby factory workers, The Hideout Chicago sits in a cozy wood-frame building encircled by a dump truck parking lot and old brick warehouses. Holding the “Badass Women of Chicago History” event at the Hideout is particularly timely, as the venue currently faces tremendous changes. Private development firm Sterling Bay has purchased most of the industrial property surrounding the Hideout to pave the way for its massive Lincoln Yards development. The Hideout owners and community have expressed concerns regarding the future of this small businesses and the potential changes to the character of the neighborhood.
This special event will take place on Friday, March 22, at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia. Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the show from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early via chicagodetours.com.
ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
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