January 20, 2020 7 pm - 8:30 pm
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Max and Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery 
461 Waukegan Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

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Max and Benny's 


Neal Samors and Bob Dauber will be featured at Max and Benny's!


Critically acclaimed Chicago-based writer Fern Schumer Chapman has written several award-winning books. Her memoir, MOTHERLAND -- a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a BookSense76 pick -- is a popular choice for book clubs. Her other books, IS IT NIGHT OR DAY?, LIKE FINDING MY TWIN, and STUMBLING ON HISTORY are used in middle school classrooms. In 2004, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) named Chapman the "Illinois Author of the Year." Twice, Oprah Winfrey shows have featured her books.


Throughout the 20th Century, Chicago offered its residents a wide variety of entertainment venues, ranging from jazz, blues and comedy clubs to nightclubs and hotels and restaurants, where music was broadcast across the country, to legitimate theaters, movie palaces, classical and opera music, rock and roll clubs and sports that included championship baseball, football, basketball, hockey and bowling. This book presents numerous stories about such wide ranging opportunities for entertainment from the perspectives of national and international performers as well as average Chicagoans who experienced such entertainment, including more than 80 interviews ranging from comedians Shelley Berman, Shecky Greene, Tom Dreesen, Tim Reid and Mort Sahl, jazz musicians Ramsey Lewis and Johnny Frigo, actors Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Bill Peterson and Tim Kazurinsky, singer/musicians Bonnie Koloc, Judy Roberts, Corky Siegel and Ronnie Rice, as well as journalists Hugh Hefner, Ira Berkow and  Richard Christiansen.Chicago’s venues offered more than local experiences; they often set national standards. Chicago’s jazz, blues and comedy scenes were among the tops in the country. Everyone knew that. The jazz clubs included Club DeLisa, the Blue Note, the Black Orchid, and the Green Mill. There were national musical radio broadcasts from the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Aragon Ballroom and Blackhawk Restaurant. The Chicago Theatre was the flagship for the national fleet of Balaban & Katz theaters showing first-run major motion pictures and elaborate live stage shows. Second City was the home for improvisational comedy that supplied talent to the nation, including Saturday Night Live. Who in the world didn’t know about the original Playboy Club?This book presents it all in exquisite detail.




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