Washington Square Park
Submitted by gfrere on Wed, 2014-11-12 11:52
Bughouse Square (from “bughouse,” slang for mental health facility) is the popular name of Chicago's Washington Square Park, where orators (“soapboxers”) held forth on warm-weather evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s. Soapboxers included those from the revolutionary left, especially from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), as well as poets, religionists, and cranks.
In the annual Bughouse Square Festival, participants continue the tradition of public speaking at this location.