Category: Did You Know, Chicago?

Monday's 'about Chicago' post.

A lost treasure in Chicago's jazz history

A lost treasure in Chicago's jazz history
Just when I think I have a good grasp on the city’s history, something pops up that blows my mind. I was at 680 N. Lake Shore Drive the other day, and I passed an empty window with Gold Star Sardine Bar written on it. Being the total nerd that I am, I figured this... Read more »

Guess what? There are thousands of bodies under Lincoln Park.

Guess what? There are thousands of bodies under Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Park is one of my favorite places in the city. (The actual park, not the Trixie-filled bars.) There are so many beautiful places to explore. Unfortunately, I seem to have stumbled upon something that is not so beautiful: there are thousands of dead bodies in the park. Since Halloween is just a few days... Read more »

Want to find ghosts? Check out Archer Avenue.

Want to find ghosts? Check out Archer Avenue.
We’re continuing our Halloween-themed ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’ features with stories of Chicago’s most famous ghost stories. You may have already heard about Archer’s Avenue’s Resurrection Mary, she’s pretty famous, but did you know there are even more spooks along the way? Not only does Archer Avenue boast Chicago’s most famous ghost; it’s home to the... Read more »
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The most haunted hotel in Chicago

The most haunted hotel in Chicago
Chicago Quirk is in full Halloween mode, and my weekly ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’ will now be about Chicago’s most haunted places. First off is Chicago’s most haunted hotel: The Congress Plaza Hotel. The Congress Plaza Hotel was built in 1893 to house the visitors streaming into Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition. It was originally... Read more »

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the possibility of a mile-high skyscraper being built in less than 15 years. This of course will require a bit of new technology – like a new way to transport humans since an old fashioned elevator probably won’t cut it. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like it’s going to happen... Read more »

Keep an eye out for the famous Weather Bell

Keep an eye out for the famous Weather Bell
Have you ever noticed that really stranger weather thingy on the Walgreens at the corner of Clark and Monroe? It has lights on it and options that say ‘no change,’ ‘warmer,’ ‘colder,’ ‘snow’ and ‘rain.’ Seems pretty dumb to me, but it looks like it’s been there for a long time so I of course... Read more »
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Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history

Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history
As you may know, it’s The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. Now, I wouldn’t usually recommend this, but there’s a fun hat event paired with Chicago history happening tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Hotel Monaco is hosting a hat party in its Paris Ballroom with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Goorin Hat trunk show. (I love... Read more »

I'm from Chicago, not Illinois

I'm from Chicago, not Illinois
I’m not from Illinois, I’m from Chicago. When visiting another city/state/country, I would never say I’m from Illinois. That generally inspires images of cows and corn. Chicago is a major city, filled with culture and sophistication. I’m an Illinoisan who is prejudiced against Illinois. I had a conversation about this with some friends of mine,... Read more »

A piece of Chicago's jazz history

A piece of Chicago's jazz history
Since my post last week regarding the history of Dearborn station, I’ve received several requests for a blog about the Jazz Showcase inside of the station. And again, I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised. I guess I wasn’t as unobservant as I thought; the club has only been there since 2008. The Jazz Showcase was founded in 1947... Read more »
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You should know about this hidden jazz club in an old train station

You should know about this hidden jazz club in an old train station
I’m so embarrassed. I lived across the street from Dearborn Station for two years, and I never knew there was an amazing jazz club inside! I went to a tap jam for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and I couldn’t figure out just where it was supposed to be. That is, until I asked the security... Read more »