Posts in category "Chicago Landmarks"

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today
On August 27, 1922 the legend of Peabody’s Tomb began.  Many people may not know the legend by name but if you grew up on the west side of Chicago or in the near west suburbs you might have heard about the old mansion and estate that high school kids would sneak into late at... Read more »

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District
A number of colored painted panels from the Hooden Palace of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were recently discovered by the Chicago Park District in a storage area. Following the Columbian Exposition or “The White City” as it became known, the nation of Japan gifted it’s Hooden Palace Exhibit to the... Read more »

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom
This Saturday, August 8, 2015, will be the fifth in a series of fundraisers by the North Riverside Historical Society to raise money to restore the neon sign from the Melody Mill Ballroom which was one of the last remaining ballrooms from the Big Band Era. The origin of the Melody Mill is filled with... Read more »
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Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015

Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015
The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has been in existence since 1983 and has been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of arguably one of Chicago’s most historic parks.  Jackson Park was originally designed before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as part of what was originally called “South Park” which included Jackson Park and... Read more »

March 13, 2015 Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee to mark 77th anniversary of his death

March 13, 2015 Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee to mark 77th anniversary of his death
Tomorrow marks the 77th Anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death and the 58th time that this ceremony has been held at the Bridge that was named in his honor on April 2, 1957.  The Bridge is currently under restoration and is located directly south of the Museum of Science and Industry and stretches across... Read more »

Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks

Obama Library may lead to destruction of historic Chicago Public Parks
Could President Obama be the modern day “Devil In The White City”? Political opinions aside, nobody would argue that a Presidential Library in Chicago and especially on the south side of Chicago would be a huge boost to the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the neighborhoods that would surround it. The Question is: Why... 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 »

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 »
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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 »