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ESU Shakespeare Finals Round

Come cheer our Branch Finalists in their quest for the chance to represent Chicago at the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in NYC!

Edmund, Helena, Hal, Othello, Hermia, Friar Laurence and Richard III – Shakespeare's characters come to life on

Wednesday, February 22nd  at The Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall  

6pm(sharp) Performances 7:15pm Awards and Reception

Finalists L-R Morgan Taylor (York High School), Aidra Crawley (Wheeling High School), Kateri Halbleib (ChiArts), Ben Johnson (Huntley High School), Alexander Kuznetsov (Hinsdale Central), Ann Urbanski (Brookfield Academy) and Claire David (New Trier).


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Cecil Beaton at Home


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Free Shakespeare Workshop with Chicago Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare Alive! A Workshop for Teens

Open only to high school students; free, registration required
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11 am to 2 pm
The Newberry Library
Ruggles Hall

Attention high school students! Come for an exciting, immersive three-hour workshop, and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare's texts.


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Polo & Pimms

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         Heather Jane Johston, Reute Butler and Kimberly Gleeson

August 21, 2016
A fantastic afternoon for polo and & Pimm's Cup was spent at the Oak Brook Polo Fields. Co-Chaired by Heather Jane Johnston and Kimberly Gleeson and Honoring, Reute Butler.

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Duchess of Norfolk Invitation

The English-Speaking Union, Chicago Branch
Her Majesty's Consul General Stephen Bridges
invite you to meet and hear

Georgina Susan Fitzalan-Howard
Duchess of Norfolk

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reception - 11:30 a.m.
Illustrated Lecture - 12:00 noon
Followed by a seated lunch

The Casino
195 East Delaware Place, Chicago
Business Attire/ Coat & Tie
Parking available at 200 East Delaware Place 
and 221 East Chestnut Street

RSVP by Friday, September 2
online at or
by phone at 312-772-3782

ESU Members $75 per person
Non-Members $85 per person
Table of 8 for $700(includes choice of 2 bottles of champagne or white wine);
for membership information, please contact the ESU Headquarters at 212-818-1200 


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The English-Speaking Union

Chicago Branch

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