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Sun, Dec 03


Wilmette Historical Museum

Chicago, Christmas Movies, and Class

Learn about class stereotypes in three Chicago-based Christmas movies

Chicago, Christmas Movies, and Class
Chicago, Christmas Movies, and Class

Time and Location

Dec 03, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Home Alone (1990), and While You Were Sleeping (1995) sit amongst the most beloved American Christmas movies.

Set in Chicago at Christmastime, these three mainstream Hollywood comedies have entertained audiences for decades. But have you ever thought about why?

Which characters make you laugh or cry? And what does their social class—lower, middle, or upper—have to do with your reaction?

Let’s find out in this hour-long discussion of class stereotypes in Chicago-based Christmas movies!


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