The Illustrated Press at Studs Terkel Fest

Lets Get Working_title illustration_by Illustrated Press

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.

In addition to hosting a live comics journalism exhibition, The Illustrated Press was commissioned to design the festival’s web and print art, including posters and promotional materials for the event.

Craft Talk: Division Street with Illustrated Press
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

The Illustrated Press combines oral history and graphic art in this real-time event. Moderator, Hillary Chute, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago


The festival will introduce Terkel’s work to new and younger audiences while celebrating individuals and groups, local and national, who have been impacted, influenced, and inspired by the man and his legacy.

As a writer, broadcaster, and activist, Louis “Studs” Terkel (1912-2008) often served as the voice of Chicago—but as an oral historian, he recognized the value in listening to all of the city’s voices. His work—including the books Division Street: America (1967), Race (1992), and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good War (1984)—preserves the past while encouraging audiences to fully inhabit the present and imagine a better future.

Let’s Get Working focuses on issues such as such as labor, race, faith, and community—all prominent themes throughout Terkel’s broadcasting and literary careers. Featuring oral histories, film screenings, musical performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues, Let’s Get Working will showcase the remarkable depth of knowledge, diversity of subjects, and range of communities Terkel engaged in his work.


1001 Chicago Afternoons Albany Park Theater Project Anthology of Chicago Matt Austin Maggie Brown Catcher in the Rhyme Community Media Workshop Curious City Andrew Davis Tom Dyja Ira Glass Haymarket Brewery The Hideout Illinois Labor History Society Illustrated Press David Isay Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Rick Kogan Alex Kotlowitz Sydney Lewis Manual Cinema Media Burn Archive The Museum of Broadcast Communications The New Press Old Town School of Folk Music Rick Perlstein Audrey Petty Seminary Co-Op South Side Projections StoryCorps Street-Level Youth Media Studs Terkel Centenary Committee The Third Coast Audio Festival Voice of Witness WBEZ Haskell Wexler WFMT and The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Chicago Studies Department of Cinema and Media Studies Theater and Performance Studies Franke Institute for the Humanities Human Rights Center Institute of Politics Smart Museum of Art

Terkel bus photo_courtesy WFMT

Lets Get Working festival poster_by Illustrated Press