Night at the Coliseum: A History of Political Conventions in Chicago

Wednesday, March 20
Assembly Hall

This summer, Chicago is hosting the 2024 Democratic National Convention, picking up on a grand and proud tradition. Chicago has hosted the most national conventions in the country, including more than 25 since the 19th century. From the nomination of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and a ruthless ideological battle on the floor between Roosevelt and Taft supporters in 1912 to the historic 1968 riots against the backdrop of the Vietnam War to a rather staid affair in 1996, Chicago personifies politics. Hear about the contentious history – and lesson – of Chicago conventions, spanning almost 200 years, from those who know political assembling best. Featuring Bill Daley, former US Secretary of Commerce, author and journalist Jonathan Alter, Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman, and Chicago journalist and political consultant Don Rose. Moderated by founding IOP director David Axelrod.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Please enter via the door on South Dorchester Avenue.

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