Upcoming Events

The Chicago Map Society typically meets at The Newberry on the third Thursday of every month during the academic year (September through May). Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social half-hour, followed by an hour presentation on a cartographic subject of interest to our membership. Our meetings are open to the public, but to help defray expenses, non-members are asked for a small donation at the door. If you are unfamiliar with The Newberry, which is located on the near north side of Chicago, here are directions.

The list below details the upcoming meetings of the Chicago Map Society, as well as an occasional event that is of especial importance to our membership.

John Docktor maintains calendars of map society meetings and cartographic exhibitions worldwide, both of which are available at Cartographic Calendars. For information on the events held by Wisconsin Map Society, our sister organization ninety miles to the north, please visit their website by clicking here.

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Title: The Nineteenth Nebenzahl Lectures: Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective
Speaker: Various – please use the link below to the Smith Center’s page for a complete schedule of this year’s program
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Instead of a October meeting, we encourage the members of the Chicago Map Society to attend the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the lecture series. Hosted by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library, this year’s program is titled Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective.

For more information, you may visit the Smith Center’s page by clicking here. Please note that although the lectures are free, registration is required. The lectures will be preceded by the Thirty-Fourth International Symposium of IMCoS, the only international organization for map collectors, and will conclude with a global gathering of antiquarian map dealers at the Fourth Chicago International Map Fair.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:30 PM
Title: James Rees and the Idea of Chicagoland
Speaker: Paul Petraitis
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

The idea of a settlement based around the trans-shipment point of the Great Prairie and Lake Michigan is centuries old. Although the town of Chicago’s initial growth occurred in the 1830s, the coming of the railroads in the 1850s fueled the rapid urbanization of the area. Chicago cartographer and land agent James H. Rees’ 1851 map did more than just document this growth, it helped facilitate the expansion of Chicago’s grid into the hinterland, which would soon become known as “Chicagoland.”

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:30 PM
Title: Celebrating Forty Years of the Chicago Map Society
Speakers: Founding Members of the CMS
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Our December meeting will be a gala dedicated to the fortieth anniversary of the Chicago Map Society. We have invited a number of the charter members of the society (which was founded in February 1976) to participate in a panel discussion celebrating our first forty years. Please join us to hear their memories of the founding of the Society, of notable members or meetings of the Society, their thoughts about the evolution of the Society, and their hopes for the future of the Society. Befitting this special meeting, we will have an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: A Night in the Neighborhoods
Speakers: Tim Anderson, Jenny Beorkrem, Christopher Devane, and Emily Talen
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Mapping a Biological Invasion
Speaker: Steven Novak
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Land Surveying and Mapmaking Transformed
Speaker: Carl Kupfer
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Field Trip to the Graphic Conservation Company
Speaker: Russ Maki
Location: Graphic Conservation Company, Chicago, Ill.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: A Look at Globes Made in Chicago
Speaker: Murray Hudson
Location: Ruggles Hall, The Newberry, Chicago, Ill.

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:30 PM
Title: Highlights of the the Barry MacLean Collection: Field Trip to the MacLean Collection
Speaker: Tom Hall
Location: MacLean Collection, Green Oaks, Ill