Posts tagged "Chicago history"

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 »

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 »

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 »

Happy Repeal Day! Celebrate the end of Prohibition at one of these famous ex-speakeasies.

Happy Repeal Day! Celebrate the end of Prohibition at one of these famous ex-speakeasies.
Happy Repeal Day! On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed, ending the famous era known as Prohibition. Can you believe that for 13 years, alcohol was illegal in the United States? Prohibition was a wild time in Chicago, but fortunately you can now visit your favorite bar without worrying about... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »