Posts in category "Chicago History"

The Chicago Haymarket Riot Police Memorial Statue – A Tumultuous History of its Own

The Chicago Haymarket Riot Police Memorial Statue – A Tumultuous History of its Own
On May 4, 1886 at about half past 7:00pm there was a planned rally of workingmen, predominantly of German descent, that met for speeches and “peaceful” protest of the Chicago Police Department’s response to the striking workers at the McCormick Harvester Works the day before.  In that incident at least two but possibly six workers... Read more »

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th
On May 1, 1893, the eyes of the world were on Chicago and more specifically Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition opened for visitors and before it ended six months later at least 27.5 million visitors had come from all over the world to see the magnificent splendor that became... Read more »

Another Famous African-American, Mayor Harold Lee Washington, born on April 15 #GiraffeWatch

Another Famous African-American, Mayor Harold Lee Washington, born on April 15 #GiraffeWatch
Today, thanks to YouTube, the world finally witnessed the birth of April the Giraffe’s calf live on the Internet. Unless you are from Chicago, and even if you are, you may not be aware that April 15th is also the birthdate of another famous African-American. I know April the Giraffe was born in New York... Read more »
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Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd
On Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:30pm, Friends of Historic Second Church is holding a free event at the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue.  The theme of the event is “Making History at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” The event will feature refreshments including Chicago original food stuffs that were introduced at... Read more »

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?
Chicago is no stranger to labor disputes.  In fact labor is one of the reasons that a traditionally Republican establishment turned Democratic toward the end of the 19th century and never looked back. While many history buffs are familiar with the Haymarket Riot or Haymarket Affair as it is sometimes called, many are not familiar... Read more »

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow
Many Chicagoans, myself included, remember the television series “Unsolved Mysteries” hosted by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and most memorably in my opinion the amazing talent and voice of Robert Stack.  The series started in 1987 on NBC and ended its network run with CBS in 1999.  The series was revived by Lifetime from 2001 to... Read more »
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Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!

Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!
Link to Original Article:  “What will be the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update#1:  “Update on the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas): Is Bethania Hiding Something? Since I published my last two articles I have been hard at work to discover a little more history on the... Read more »

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)
  Link to First Article:  “What Will Be the Fate of the 101 Year-Old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update #2 August Boness (Bonas) MYSTERY SOLVED! I had to post this update as soon as possible because time may be running out.  For years people have thought that the grave stone that is in... Read more »

What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?

What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?
  Update Article #1: Update on the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas) Update Article #2 Mystery of August Boness (Bonas) Solved!   For years legend has surrounded the gravestone that until recently was hidden under bushes in the parking lot of the apartment building at 7889 Archer Ave in west... Read more »
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Happy 179th Birthday Chicago! Early Chicago History in Lisle

Happy 179th Birthday Chicago! Early Chicago History in Lisle
Today the City of Chicago is 179 years old.  It was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837 although it was a town since 1833. There were many colorful characters who first settled the area but I wanted to concentrate on the owner and operator of Chicago’s first hotel, Mark Beaubien. Beaubien was the... Read more »