In this Backstory piece, Larry Potash gets a front row seat to a defining moment in Chicago’s cultural history, the creation and eventual expansion of the Playboy Clubs by Hugh Hefner, as seen through the eyes of the women who worked at them.

What was it like to work at one? Did it help advance the cause of women’s lib or did it hinder it? 

Backstory with Larry Potash airs Saturday nights at 6 p.m. on WGN. Catch up on previous seasons of Backstory with the podcast at WGNtv.com/Backstory via Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts