Posts tagged "Chicago history"

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 »

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?
Many people find fascination with the topic of the Salem Witch trials of 1692.  I have read a number of fascinating books on the subject and most recently a team of researchers from Salem State University have claimed to have located the actual site of the 19 executions by hanging that resulted from the trials. ... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893
It was four days before the 4th of July celebration by Chicagoans in the year 1893.  The eyes of the world were on Chicago because it was in this year that Chicago was host to the World’s Columbian Exposition and it was in full swing in Jackson Park and along the Midway Plaisance.  The White... Read more »
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Happy 98th Birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag

Happy 98th Birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag
Happy 98th birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag!  In 1915 Mayor William Hale Thompson appointed a commission to develop a city flag.  Wallace deGroot Cecil Rice, a poet and former member of Chicago’s infamous and short-lived Whitechapel Club was chosen to develop the rules for a contest from which a winning design would be chosen.... Read more »

FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th

FREE Tours of The White City at Jackson Park start June 7th
Starting Saturday June 7, 2014 The Jackson Park Advisory Council in cooperation with Friends of The White City will be conducting FREE walking tours of the former grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The tours will take approximately 90 minutes and will start and end at the west end of the... Read more »

Indiana Jones on the north side of Chicago a.k.a. Architectural Artifacts, Inc.

Indiana Jones on the north side of Chicago a.k.a. Architectural Artifacts, Inc.
At 4325 N. Ravenswood in the great city that grew out of a little fort is a place that transports you not only to a by-gone era of Chicago but to that of America and the World!  When I had told a friend that I wanted to commit myself full-time to Chicago area history and... Read more »
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Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City
Wow! How’s that for a thoroughly confusing article title!  No kidding though! There will be hundreds if not thousands of people flocking to Navy Pier in Chicago for New Year’s festivities and never know how close they are to a historic relic from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition!  At the eastern most end of the... Read more »

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City
Again history can sometimes be stranger than fiction and again as I look closer at the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition I am never disappointed by what is uncovered.  Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854 – 1902) was known as the richest man in Germany at the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition and his estimated... Read more »

Brewster Apartments : Bad Luck, Coincidence, Poor Maintenance, or Something Else?

Brewster Apartments : Bad Luck, Coincidence, Poor Maintenance, or Something Else?
I have always loved the Brewster Apartments (or Lincoln Park Palace as it was originally referred to when it was eventually finished in 1896).  A couple of good friends had lived there when they attended DePaul University and when they told me that they had moved in, I had to go with to take photos... Read more »
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Stained Glass Windows from The World's Columbian Exposition at Navy Pier

Stained Glass Windows from The World's Columbian Exposition at Navy Pier
Article 6 in the Series:  Remnants of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago I am always on the hunt for what remains of the 1893 “World’s Fair” and I just happened to be at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier this past month with my wife.  Actually a fan on my... Read more »