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Old Signs of Chicago, December 01 2012

Old Signs of Chicago, December 01 2012
Lettering in the window boasted it was in business since 1945 or 1946, forget exactly. It’s a doughnuts toss away from Chicago Police headquarters — or was. Still around and in biz, with a new, fancy sign somewhere? Here’s where it was.        

See "Live" Torture-- A Groupon Special Offer???

Such a deal allegedly offered by Groupon: for a mere $28 you can take tour of the historic Armory in old San Francisco. Wow, think of the history.  If these old walls could only talk. Turns out they not only talk, but are alive.   The old Armory is the home of “Kink”, which makes... Read more »

A City of Many Colors, Locked in Cubes

Chicago has many different colored neighborhoods, and mostly they stay that way, making Chicago one of the most –if not the most segregated city in the United States. It is my belief that it stays that way for two reasons. People of any ethnic background like their own, mostly.  They are most comfortable.  We are... Read more »
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What if Billy Sunday Returned to Chicago?

What if Billy Sunday Returned to Chicago?
Billy Sunday — name sounds made up, but he was as real as real and even got put into a song, which is where most people have heard the name. Frank Sinatra sang that Chicago was a town that even Billy Sunday couldn’t shut down. Who was Billy Sunday, really? Turns out he was a... Read more »

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 »
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The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close

The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close
“Look in the window on the second floor,” said the Fat Man.  ”That’s where you will see the Devil Baby.” We stared at the empty Victorian-style house’s upper floors. No Devil Baby stared back. “Well, it’s a ghost,” said the Fat Man. “They don’t always operate on our schedule.”  He laughed. We had paid good... Read more »

"Untouchable" at the Cub's Losers Convention

"Untouchable" at the Cub's Losers Convention
We put the debit card in the box for parking, and it told us that it was going to be twenty dollars and not the cheaper amount displayed at the entrance of the parking lot. The reason: “A Special Event”. What “special event”? When we entered the Hilton and Towers, on South Michigan Avenue, we... Read more »

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...
News images of Carnival Cruise Line’s Costa Concordia sinking near shore off the coast of Italy bring back images of a similar horror that took place here in Chicago. For years, nobody but geeky history buffs knew that one of the worst maritime disasters in United States history happened right off Wacker Drive, when the... Read more »
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Chicago's own "Gitmo" Prison

Chicago's own "Gitmo" Prison
A while ago, there were some acts of terrorism going on, sabotage and finally a war. War means prisoners. Prisoners had to be housed somewhere. One of those places was Chicago. Not the Chicago of today, with wrought iron wrapping around every building, street and vacant lot. Not the Chicago of flowers choking in the... Read more »
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