What was Chicago like in 1900 and the following few years leading up to the Roaring Twenties? If you want to learn the answer to this question, then this study group is for you. Through readings and peer-led group discussion, we will learn how this era saw the development of new businesses and the growth of Chicago’s cultural institutions. We will explore the controversial, or perhaps infamous, First Ward, home of the brothels of the Levee District. We will learn about the interplay between the purveyors of the so-called social evils and the political and religious reformers who mounted campaigns to stop prostitution. We will meet the Everleigh Sisters who created the most notorius Chicago brothel, The Everleigh Club, which served the needs of the wealthy and the politically connected men of Chicago as well as, prominent writers, actors, diplomats, and athletes visiting Chicago. Our primary text will be Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul by Karen Abbot (Random House, 2007). Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating series of discussions. No class on 5/27/19.