Posts in category "Chicago History"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Ida and Jean Hippach - A truly Titanic Chicago Survival Story

Ida and Jean Hippach - A truly Titanic Chicago Survival Story
April 15th is the official sinking date of the R.M.S. Titanic.  It actually struck the iceberg very late on the 14th (ship time) and took approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m. (ship time) on the 15th of April in 1912.  Now while... Read more »

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic
Ah..yet another strange coincidence to point out to our Chicago strange history fans out there.  Late tonight into the wee hours of Tuesday the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth creating not a disappearing moon but rather a darker colored moon with deep red hues which has earned it the nickname... Read more »
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A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!
A Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!  Who would have thunk it?   I would be completely remiss if doing a series of articles on the relics of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition if I didn’t talk about what very well could be the largest remaining artifact of the Fair if you don’t count the Museum of... Read more »