March 2012


will join the Cigar Society next Tuesday night to talk about his book,

Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-8:30pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30 followed by discussion and more cocktails.     $40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

Among the seventy-four maps featured in the book, many are seminal examples of this timeless art form: the "Kinzie Map," which accompanied the Narrative of the Massacre of 1812; the Rand McNally "View of the Worldís Columbian Exposition" of 1893; Daniel Burnhamís influential "Chicago Plan" of 1909, which epitomized the ambitions of the City Beautiful Movement; W. T. Steadís "Map of Sin"; and Bruce-Robertsí 1931 "Gangland Map," a tongue-in-cheek exposť of a city populated by such powerful underworld figures as Al Capone, "Baby Face" Nelson, "Machine Gun" Kelly, and others, indicating various gang territories and warehouses.

Robert A. Holland got his bachelorís degree from UW-Madison and both a masterís and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He worked as a systems manager for a Chicago-area research company before returning to academia to finish his dissertation. He then taught philosophy at Hofstra University, earning tenure in 1995.  Holland left Hofstra after 13 years and now lives again in Chicago.  Holland has served on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Board of the Chicago Map Society.  He has been collecting rare maps for more than twenty-five years. Holland is also the author of The Mississippi River in Maps & Views: From Lake Itasca to The Gulf of Mexico.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at