Posts in category "Did You Know, Chicago?"

What it Really Means to be a Chicago-Style Dog

What it Really Means to be a Chicago-Style Dog
About six months ago, my husband and I became the proud human companions of a mutt named Pepper. He’s a rescue dog with a bug eye who loves to cuddle. I grew up with multiple dogs, so I already had an idea of what it would be like. The one thing I failed to add... Read more »

Save the Lathrop Homes!

Save the Lathrop Homes!
I’ve driven by the Lathrop Homes on Diversey hundreds of times, and to my uneducated eye it just looked like a regular Chicago housing project. You can imagine my surprise when I read that the Lathrop Homes was just include in the famous Preservation Chicago list, “The Chicago Seven.” Being the giant nerd that I... Read more »

Stop whining about the Wells Street bridge and learn something

Stop whining about the Wells Street bridge and learn something
As much of a pain as the Wells Street bridge construction is, I think we can all agree that the 90-year-old bridge should get a touch-up every once and a while. I know that doesn’t really comfort all of you whose morning commutes have been shot to hell, but here’s some fun history to distract... Read more »
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Did you know the first movie screening took place in Chicago?

Did you know the first movie screening took place in Chicago?
In honor of last night’s Academy Awards I thought I would give you a little Chicago film history: Here is yet another reason Chicago’s 1863 World’s Columbia Exposition was awesome: it was the home to the world’s first movie screening. Event goers could buy tickets to see moving photographs at Zoopraxographical Hall, put together by photographer... Read more »

Logan Square named one of the best neighborhoods in the country

Logan Square named one of the best neighborhoods in the country
Logan Square was recently named one of the 10 hottest neighborhoods in the country, and I have to say that at first I was pretty surprised. I never paid much attention to Logan Square as it’s a bit farther than my lazy ass usually goes, and it’s covered in hipsters. However, this recent honor made... Read more »

Malort: A Chicago rite of passage

Malort: A Chicago rite of passage
I had a truly Chicago experience over the holidays; I tried Malort. Oh dear lord I wish I could un-taste that. I’ve avoided this abomination for years, but when someone gave my husband a bottle for Hanukkah it was time to bite the bullet. There are many ways to describe the flavor palette of this... Read more »
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What's that giant thing next to Navy Pier?!

What's that giant thing next to Navy Pier?!
Navy Pier might be the Midwest’s number one tourist destination – don’t ask me why – but have you noticed all the other stuff around it? Like the lighthouse and the giant filtration plant? I was stuck northbound on Lakeshore, and I started noticing all the parks and buildings way out there. Here’s a little... Read more »

Chicago wouldn't be Chicago without Prohibition

Chicago wouldn't be Chicago without Prohibition
What would Chicago be like without alcohol? Whole neighborhoods wouldn’t exist! Well, from January 17, 1920 to December 4, 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. This time period was called prohibition, and it did not go well. Famous gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran wreaked havoc on the city, making Chicago the... Read more »

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!
Marina City is one of those Chicago landmarks that makes the cityscape what it is today. Those corn cob towers are so strange looking, but back in the day it was the place to be. This month, Marina City celebrates its 50th anniversary, and of course I thought we could all use a little history... Read more »
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Hostess Wouldn't Have Been Hostess Without Chicago

Hostess Wouldn't Have Been Hostess Without Chicago
Words cannot express how upset I am at the possibility that my beloved Twinkies may disappear into consumer product oblivion. I went into a panic this week and may or may not have spent almost $100 building up my stash. Everyone keeps saying some company is going to buy Hostess, but until that happens I’m... Read more »