Category: Chicago Landmarks

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library
The Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 truly was a spectacle!  Roughly 600 acres and over 200 buildings occupied Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance from May 1st through October 30th.  One of those buildings was paid for entirely out of private subscriptions.  It was paid for by the members of the Merchant Tailors’ Exchanges... Read more »

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast
The city of Chicago was preparing to close out the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on October 30, 1893 with pomp and pageantry but it would ultimately end more akin to a funeral. Patrick Eugene Prendergast was a man of grand dreams, small means and even grander delusions.  By today’s standards he would have been more... Read more »
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The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today
On August 27, 1922 the legend of Peabody’s Tomb began.  Many people may not know the legend by name but if you grew up on the west side of Chicago or in the near west suburbs you might have heard about the old mansion and estate that high school kids would sneak into late at... Read more »

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District
A number of colored painted panels from the Hooden Palace of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were recently discovered by the Chicago Park District in a storage area. Following the Columbian Exposition or “The White City” as it became known, the nation of Japan gifted it’s Hooden Palace Exhibit to the... Read more »

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom
This Saturday, August 8, 2015, will be the fifth in a series of fundraisers by the North Riverside Historical Society to raise money to restore the neon sign from the Melody Mill Ballroom which was one of the last remaining ballrooms from the Big Band Era. The origin of the Melody Mill is filled with... Read more »
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Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015

Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015
The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has been in existence since 1983 and has been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of arguably one of Chicago’s most historic parks.  Jackson Park was originally designed before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as part of what was originally called “South Park” which included Jackson Park and... Read more »