Posts in category "Chicago History"

Snackville Junction comes to the end of the line

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Few people ride the rails anymore, but there are a dedicated group that eat what the rails deliver. But not for long. Snackville Junction, 9144 S. Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, was born when rail travel was still strong, with the simple idea of sending hot dogs and hamburgers around a track to hungry kids of... Read more »

Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland

Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland
Just like humans, airports have come to life only to die — and become shopping malls and housing developments and sometimes just empty fields, the old runways covered by corn. The survivors, Midway and O’Hare and  Chicago Executive Airport in northwest Wheeling,  are among the best known of what were once scrappy grass and sometimes... Read more »

A Chicago Mayor Dies and a President Lives

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Anton Cermak, the 36th mayor of Chicago, died March 06, 1933, after being injured in an a assassination attempt on the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cermak, who was in a Miami, Florida, park was shot on February 15, and uttered the famous words to Roosevelt as they were rushing towards the hospital: “I’m glad... Read more »
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Chicago, Auto Maker to the World?

Chicago, Auto Maker to the World?
At one time this was true. Prior to World War I, Chicago was a leading rival to Detroit for the manufacture of the “Horseless Carriage”, according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago History. Once-upon-a-time, as then is now, the electric and hybrid automobile was all the rage.  From 1896 to 1918, the Woods Motor Vehicle Company... Read more »

Meet Dr. Abraham Low: Long Dead, He Can Still Save Your Life

Meet Dr. Abraham Low: Long Dead, He Can Still Save Your Life
Feeling stressed?  Does your heart race?  Stomach ache?  Have unexplained muscle stiffness?  Bad back?  Fibromyalgia?  Chronic Fatigue?  Restless legs?  Migraines? Abraham Low, MD,  could save a lot of people, if only more people kept an open mind. Though Dr. Low, a native of Poland, was born in 1891 and died in 1954, his work goes... Read more »

So, You Want to Be A Community Organizer?

So, You Want to Be A Community Organizer?
Do communities need to be organized? Some think so. Barack Obama thought so. He is now President of the United States. When “community organizer” is used in the pejorative, it is usually by conservative commentators, and they often refer to the most well known community organizer in the world. This community organizer called Chicago home.... Read more »
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Defending the Bozo?

Defending the Bozo?
In a recent post I mentioned that I thought clowns and their distant cousin, Santa Claus, were creepy. This observation was met with some criticism from one of my two loyal readers, Carolyn.  All clowns were not bad, she said.  Yes.  A dead clown is not deadly and therefore not bad. Even before the killer... Read more »

A Killer Valentine's Day in Chicago...

A Killer Valentine's Day in Chicago...
Most people get chocolates or flowers or even gift cards for Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 1929, seven men got bullets.  Lots of them, delivered by Tommy Guns.  This is Chicago’s contribution to the day of love. Alphonse Gaberiel Capone was fingered as the most likely suspect, but the original Scareface was in Florida at... Read more »

Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder

Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder
Who “founded” Chicago? Mayor Daley the First Al Capone Oprah John Du Sable Don’t spend too much time on the quiz.  I tricked it up a bit.  This quiz does not include the Native Americans.  Notice I used quotes around founded, okay? Those who picked the last name picked right, though I did anglice his... Read more »
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