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Let’s Get Working is a three-day festival celebrating the legacy of Studs Terkel, revisiting his work and tracing his influence through oral histories, film screenings, performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues.

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May 9–11, 2014

Presented by 
the University of Chicago
the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts


Join the celebration at:


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Alert! Spring is here and the Chicago River Bridge Lift Schedule is in effect.  Plan ahead if traveling from the North side to attend the Festival on Saturday, May 10.  Read more.


  • Old Town School of Folk Music’s Jason McIness restages “I Come For to Sing,” the classic music program first performed by Studs Terkel, “Big Bill” Broonzy, Win Stracke and Larry Lane.
  • WFMT discusses Terkel’s 45-year career at the station, and the new archive being created in partnership with the Chicago History Museum.
  • The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics moderates soapbox debates.
  • Manual Cinema performs a new animation based on StoryCorps oral histories.
  • Illustrated Press hosts a live art event.
  • Radio host Ira Glass discusses Terkel and the future of radio.
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum joins forces with The Hideout to put on a concert of songs inspired by the eight-hour work movement


  • Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with Maggie Brown
  • Studs’ Place episode at The Hideout