Archive for May 2014

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 »

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 »

Honor Guard Pranks - Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind the Uniforms part III

Honor Guard Pranks - Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind the Uniforms part III
This is the last in my series of “The Humans Behind the Uniforms” Memorial Day tribute series and I would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate it to the sheer genius that can come out of young soldiers with too much time on their hands. While the “Old Guard”,and other military units for that matter,... Read more »
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Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform - Part II

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform - Part II
So yesterday I started my three part Memorial Day series honoring the very real humans behind the spotless uniforms of “The Old Guard”.  If you read yesterday’s post I mentioned that both of these particular Old Guard bloopers revolved around members of the animal kingdom.  Yesterday we talked about the harrowing cicadas that attended military... 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 »

MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Isn't 1918 Flu Yet

MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Isn't 1918 Flu Yet
So lately in the news we have been hearing about MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. I find it interesting that three cases reported so far in the United States could be making this much news! You can check current MERS stats at the CDC website here.  In a nutshell, the MERS hoopla centers around... 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 »

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 »