Illinois Turns 200

Illinois Humanities Presents

Illinois Turns 200

Mon, December 3, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

Free and open to the public

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Illinois Turns 200
Illinois Turns 200
Illinois Turns 200 looks at the past, present, and potential futures of seven Illinois communities that arose along rivers, railroads, and significant roads and tells their stories through live interviews, dramatic readings, archival material, and musical performances. The seven-part series is going be available for broadcast to NPR affiliates across Illinois and for downloading in December.

The series concludes on the day itself—the Illinois Bicentennial—and explores the past, present, and possible futures of the third-largest city in the country through interviews with author Tom Dyja, historian Ann Durkin Keating, and journalist Natalie Moore. Hear the sounds of Chicago's past courtesy of Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago Tim Samuelson. Nora Brooks Blakely reads her mother Gwendolyn Brooks's poem, "For Illinois," written for the 150th anniversary of statehood, while poet Tara Betts gives us her take on the 200th.

Live music by Dee Alexander; James Conway; John McLean; Chris Vallillo; a few special, secret guests; and an Illinois-inspired DJ-set by Plastic Crimewave make this is a night 200 years in the making!

With Bicentennial Burgoo courtesy of the Chicago Reader’s Mike Sula and an exclusive Land of Lagers beer from the Goose Island Brewing Company.

Illinois Turns 200 represents a partnership among Illinois Humanities, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, and The Hideout. The podcast series is generously supported by State Farm Insurance and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Established in 1974, Illinois Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and produces free programs and events, gives out grants, and offers educational opportunities to youth and adults all across Illinois. Its mission is to strengthen the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement. For more information, please visit

Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642