Bill Bowe, retired Executive Vice President of Encyclopaedia Britannica and a former Club President, gave a short talk about the history of The Cliff Dwellers at the Club’s 117th Annual Meeting of Members in 2023.
Using rare historic images, Bill focused on the Club’s three homes along Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. He first takes a look at the origins of the Club in the Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Avenue, then turns to the Club’s longtime venue on the top two floors of Orchestra Hall.
He concludes with a look at the Club’s current aerie on the site of what was once the Pullman Building. This terraced penthouse space is directly across from The Art Institute of Chicago. Together with a bit of architectural history and anecdotes of Club life over the generations, his illustrated talk offers a light-hearted and fascinating window through which to view not only the storied past of The Cliff Dwellers, but also to see a bygone era of Chicago as well. Below are some of the pictures illustrating this history.