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by Christopher Brinckerhoff

Chicago – The annual commemoration of the famous Bughouse Square Debates takes place today in the city’s oldest public park, Washington Square Park. The space, across the street from the Newberry Library which sponsors the event, was left to the city by developer Eramus Bushnell in the 1840s.

Bushnell’s will allegedly said anyone who wanted to make a speech at the park at any time would be allowed to do so. From the late 19th century to the mid 20th century the space attracted public speakers on all kinds of subjects, from the eccentric to the revolutionary.

This year’s Bughouse Square Debates Master of Ceremonies, Tribune senior writer and Sidewalks columnist, Rick Kogan spoke with us this week about the legacy of the event.

We’ll be there to cover the 2009 offering, so please check back here for more.

Video by Albert Corvera and Christopher Brinckerhoff.

Video by Albert Corvera and Christopher Brinckerhoff.

Copyright 2009

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