Return with us to mid-century Chicago when the city was truly the second city – when we were the stopover city, not the fly-over city. In those days Chicago was the incubator for American culture in Jazz (London House), Blues (Muddy Waters), literature (Studs Terkel, Nelson Algren), music (Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry), television (Dave Garroway, Burr Tillstrom), design and architecture (Mies & Maholy), publishing (Col. McCormick & Johnson publishing), theater (Second City) and much more. Using the enjoyable and highly readable book, The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream (Penguin, 2013) by Thomas Dyja as a backdrop, each week we’ll examine Chicago’s contribution to one of these fields in depth. Sadly, as the author notes, “In 1959, the first transcontinental jets zoomed past overhead, rendering obsolete Chicago’s role as the nation’s meeting place. Skyscrapers would keep rising, but something had gone hollow in the great American City.” Join us!