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The Great Gimlet

Saturday, February 24, 2024
7-9 p.m.

Colvin House
5940 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

For the fourth straight year, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame hosted a literary cocktail party. This year the fabulous Colvin House welcomed about 60 guests for The Great Gimlet. Proceeds helped CLHOF fund upcoming programs, such as our induction ceremony and two Fuller Award ceremonies. Mixologist Ryan Prindle made drinks based on Chicago's connection to The Great Gatsby. Scholar Michelle Moore told us how Chicago socialite Ginevra King became the model for F. Scott Fitzgerald's character, Daisy Buchanan. Rita Dragonette helped host; Mike Burke and Robert Charles again served as our impressarios; Robert also performed an incredible magic trick.

Some guests dressed in their finest Jazz Age attire. Colvin House provided delicious appetizers and desserts throughout the evening. We played period jazz and blues songs with connections to Chicago.

Built in 1909, Colvin House was designated as a Chicago landmark in 1994. The house was built in the Prairie Style, by architect George Maher, then the house interior was mostly renovated in the 1920s.


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