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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 »

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 »

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... 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 »

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster
I grew up in Cicero, Illinois and spent many days at the open houses at the Hawthorne Works location of the Western Electric Company.  I remember how huge the place was but didn’t realize how big it really was.  Turns out that if you lived in or around Cicero in the early part of the... Read more »

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett
Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to enslaved parents James Wells and Elizabeth Warrenton shortly before the Emancipation Proclamation. She went on to become a journalist, newspaper editor, sociologist, suffragist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Many Chicagoans are not aware that Ida came to Chicago... Read more »
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Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, has no link to Chicago's John Hancock Center

Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, has no link to Chicago's John Hancock Center
Today, April 11, 2015, would have been the 85th birthday of  Anton Szandor LaVey.  I don’t know how many times I had read or heard that Anton LaVey, the author of the Satanic Bible and founder of the Church of Satan had been born or raised in the area of Chicago where the John Hancock... Read more »

The Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge Incident - Could have been worse

The Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge Incident - Could have been worse
First off, no offense to the Willis people, but I can’t stop calling it the Sears Tower!  Secondly, who doesn’t like the idea of standing out on a clear glass box 1,353 feet in the air over the great city of Chicago! When I had heard the news this morning that the glass bottom of... Read more »

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform
As we approach Memorial Day I was inspired by a recent suggestion to write a personal story relating to an upcoming event and I am hoping that this becomes one of three articles that I intend to write before the end of this week. Many people who even know me fairly well may not know... Read more »
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All Chicago Library Branches closed May 7th for H.H. Holmes Execution Day!

All Chicago Library Branches closed May 7th for H.H. Holmes Execution Day!
Well officially it is closed for a “staff training” day but we lovers of strange Chicago history know better! Born Herman Webster Mudgett and made a household name by Erik Larson’s Book “The Devil in The White City”, he graduated from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in 1884 and thereafter moved to Chicago... Read more »