This is the last scheduled screening in Chicago this year, and a very fitting place for it to happen. The Cliff Dwellers club was one of the last places where Louis Sullivan found refuge among friends and colleagues during his last years. It was where he wrote his Autobiography of an Idea; in fact, the Club still has on display the desk at which he wrote his memoir. Back then the Club was located at the top of Orchestra Hall before moving in 1996 to its current location, next door, at the top of the Borg Warner building.
During production of the film, the Cliff Dwellers generously allowed me access to some of its photographs, some of the last that survive of Sullivan before he died in 1924.
So, on Friday, October 29, the film will be presented in the Club’s dining room at 200 S. Michigan Avenue, a great space with one of the grandest views you can find in the city! The weather is supposed to be rather mild, so it’ll be a great night for a drink on the terrace where the photo at left was taken.
Screening starts at 6 pm, with a Q&A following with myself and Michael T. McLean, the film’s composer. There are probably about 50 seats left as I write this, available for $20 each, at the door the night of the screening.