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Planning a marriage – in 1899
Aug. 9, 2012
Couples planning marriage in 1899 had different expectations than they do today. The
had asked the question, “Should men who earn small salaries be allowed to marry?”
Chicago's bridge to nowhere
Aug. 7, 2012
An iron bridge that crosses over the West Side Metra tracks a block west of Ashland Avenue is actually a remnant of the "L."
Bull Moose Party stampedes in Chicago
Aug. 6, 2012
Before an ecstatic crowd of 15,000 people at the Chicago Coliseum, Col. Theodore Roosevelt declared himself a candidate for President of the United States — 100 years ago today.
Finding your way in Chicago's present
Aug. 3, 2012
How well did you find your way around 1956 Chicago? The clue is the railroad crossing gates visible above the bus.
Finding your way in Chicago's past
Aug. 2, 2012
How well could you find your way around the Chicago of the past? This 1956 photo was taken on the South Side — somewhere between 26th and 79th streets, east of Western Avenue.
On the South Side, Marx Brothers' Chicago home
Jul. 31, 2012
From 1912 through 1920, the three-flat graystone was home to Sam and Minnie Marx and their sons, better known by their stage names – Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo.
Fiasco: Chicago's first opera
Jul. 30, 2012
On July 29th, 1850, the world knew that Chicago wasn’t just some backwater little village. An opera company had come to town! But things didn't go according to plan.
106 years at Milwaukee and Ashland
Jul. 27, 2012
John Schmidt offers up a small album on the aging of a city — five photos, covering 106 years. The location is Milwaukee Avenue at Ashland, looking northwest.
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