Chicago's Only Castle

The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers

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Errol wrote an article on Beth Torah: The Congregation that Held Services in a Castle available on page 12 of the Journal of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society at


Recently, Errol completed the first draft of the book on Chicago’s Only Castle. Linda Lamberty is editing it.


Errol gave the multimedia presentation on The Making of the Documentary at the Mt. Greenwood Public Lilbrary.


Chicago's Only Castle was shown on WYCC-TV Channel 20, one of Chicago's PBS stations, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. It was publicized in WYCC's website, on the TV station, and in their magazine.


The film was shown in the McGuire Hall at Saint Xavier University.  Linda, our associate producer, and Marilyn, her mother, attended. Josh and Errol did a Q & A.

Note that after the documentary was completed, Errol discovered that Givins had placed an advertisement in the Chicago Daily Tribune on April 10, 1908, offering the Castle for sale…………..In January 1909, the castle was sold for  $20,000 to the Burdett family.   Click here to see the advertisement.


Chicago's Only Castle will be shown on WYCC-TV, Chicago's other PBS station, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. It will be publicized in WYCC's website, on the TV station, and in their magazine. More specific information will come later.


Errol gave the multimedia presentation on Chicago's Only Castle to the Beverly Golden Kiwanis club.


Chicago's Only Castle was screened for the third time at the Beverly Arts Center.


Errol is giving a multimedia presentation on The Making of a Documentary: Chicago's Only Castle at the Beverly Arts Center on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. This program discusses how a documentary is produced from just an ida to a quality film, including information about the research, team, actors, script, equipment, and production. Included are images and video clips from the film.


Errol and Josh have been invited to the Sycamore Film Festival to be held September 14, 15, and 16 in Sycamore, IL. They will also be on the Filmmakers' Panel on Saturday morning. Chicago's Only Castle wll be shown on Sunday, September 16, at 11:00 a.m. This is a very well-attended film festival. One of the participants is Mitch Markowitz, who wrote Good Morning Vietnam. Please check out the Sycamore Film Festival website, which now includes information and photos of Errol and of Josh at Sycamore File Festival

Past Screenings

Chicago's Only Castle has been screened at the Beverly Arts Center, the Chicago History Museum, and at the Sycamore Film Festival. The documentary was also shown on PBS television.

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