First Ward Ball @ Bassline

Events > 2019 > January > First Ward Ball @ Bassline

About this event:

Created by Nancy Bishop

2239 S Michigan Ave

WHAT: Atlas Obscura Chicago re-creates Chicago’s famous turn-of-the-(19th)-century First Ward Ball, a night of
debauchery supported by gamblers, madames, and the most crooked of Chicago’s politicians.

SO WHAT: You can party like it’s 1890 with a night of music, vice district history, burlesque performances, casino games, and more! The Bassline live music venue is near the original First Ward Ball location in the notorious Levee district. The event will feature performances by Charlie Scarlet, Sigourney Beaver, Aurora GozmicBrooklyn Britches & the Whispers, and the Street Jaxkson Band. You’ll also learn the real life history of the First Ward Ball with presentations by local experts, including “Life In The Levee” by tavern historian Liz Garibay, “A Night in the Levee: Which Brothel Is Right For You?” by author and historian Adam Selzer, and “King Corruption,” an interactive look at political corruption in Chicago by Paul Dailing of 1001 Chicago Afternoons.

NOW WHAT: Buy tickets online for $65 plus fees, or at the door for $75. Tickets include all performances, presentations, and entertainment. A cash bar and raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event (cash and credit accepted).

Atlas Obscura Society Chicago. The Atlas Obscura Society seeks out secret histories, unusual access, and opportunities to explore strange and overlooked places hidden all around us. See their Facebook page for more event news.

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