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A little about the Criterion Bar Association

The Cri Bar (as it is known) began in 1972. Co-founded by Margaret Smedegaard, our coeducational scion of the Baker Street Irregulars was born as a reaction to the gender restrictions maintained by existing Chicago Sherlockian societies at that time. Our newsletter is called the Cri Bar Crier and contains articles of note, references to other Sherlockian groups and activities, a Sherlockian crossword, quizzes and details about upcoming meetings. We hold dinner meetings four times per year in which we offer toasts, sponsor lectures and presentations as well as discuss and debate all things Sherlock. We are proud to be celebrating our 44th year.

Our membership comes from all walks of life and many parts of the Chicagoland area -- and beyond! We welcome all interested parties to join us in "the great game."


Our Illustrious Officers

Stamford (president): Franklin Saksena
Gallant Murray (vice president): Brenda Rossini
The Solitary Typist (secretary): Ruth Goehmann
All That Is Ours (treasurer): Claudine Kastner