It's primary day in Illinois!And with politics on our minds, we look back at the strange events of an election day in 1936. On November 3 that year, Richard J. Daley--future Democratic boss, future mayor, future father of a future mayor--was elected to his first political office . . .
How well did you find your way around the Chicago of 1952?The location is one of three places where Broadway and Sheridan Road intersect. The famous Bowlium bowling alley has been replaced by a high-rise apartment. So have the smaller buildings on the left.
How well could you find your way around the Chicago of the past?The photo above is from 1952. The location is somewhere on the North Side--in this case, north of North Avenue and east of Western Avenue. If you think you can identify the site, submit your guess in the "Comments" box.
Today is the birthday of William E. Dever, Chicago's mayor from 1923 through 1927. It's not only his birthday, it's his Sesquicentennial. He was born 150 years ago today--March 13, 1862.I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Mayor Dever.
In 1911 women voted in some states--but not in Illinois. On this date 101 years ago, a group of female activists from Chicago chartered a train and traveled to Springfield to lobby for voting rights.At 9 a.m. the special "Suffrage Train" pulled out of the Illinois Central 12th Street Station.
Chicago has many micro-breweries to quench the discerning thirst. Our subject here is the city's last "macro-brewery."Peter Hand was a Prussian-born Civil War veteran who came to Chicago to work in the brewing industry. In 1891 he opened a small brewery of his own at North and Sheffield.