Chicago's Only Castle

The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers

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Full-Color Book Available.

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Errol will make a presentation about the new Chicago’s Only Castle book and do a book signing at the Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10. Light refreshments will be served.


The book, Chicago’s Only Castle is now finished and available through This paperback book is 8 ½ x 11-inches in size with 288 pages and is available in both full-color and black and white versions. Bookies in Beverly is offering the book with the DVD at a discounted price. All proceeds go to The Castle Building Fund to help preserve this Chicago icon. Watch for publicity in The Villager, The Beverly Review, Daily Southtown, and possibly on public radio and TV. Updated news will appear on the Chicago’s Only Castle Facebook page.


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.

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.

Copies of the full-color book bundled with the DVD are offered at a special low price from Bookies ($43.96 non-members, and $41.21 members). Shop at Bookies (10324 S Western Ave, Chicago) if you live close, or call them at 773.239.1110.

Color books are very expensive. The list price of the book alone is $54.95. Give the documentary DVD as a gift if you already have a copy.

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