Posts in category "Chicago History"

Remembering the Chicago that Escaped Pearl Harbor

Remembering the Chicago that Escaped Pearl Harbor
As many Americans know, December 7, 1941 is the day that submarines and airplanes of the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1994 Congress declared this day as a National Day of Remembrance of the 2,403 military and civilian lives that were lost. Since I have lived in... Read more »

2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons

2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons
On November 25th, starting at 4:30 p.m., the City will have its official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Daley Plaza but many people aren’t aware of the history of our Chicago Christmas Tree. The origins of the tradition started with the tragic sinking of one of Chicago’s most famous Christmas Tree Ships, the Rouse Simmons... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dead at 81 – Ushered In and Out with Snow

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dead at 81 – Ushered In and Out with Snow
It seems fitting that I learned about the death of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne while I was driving west on 79th Street watching snowflakes fall on my windshield. I was actually on my way to buy Ice Melt at a local hardware store when my wife called me to tell me that the former... Read more »
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General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy

General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy
This past Friday I had the distinct honor to be present at the University Village Association at 1453 W. Talylor Street for three distinct events. First of all this weekend is Festa Italiana and runs through Sunday.  The Fest is free with a $5 suggested donation and features everything Italian from food to music to... Read more »

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz
It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While many may not have read the original book published by Baum in 1900 it is a fair bet that most of us have seen the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring... Read more »
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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 »

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 »