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.
Skyscraper!We're so used to hearing the word, we don't really think about it. Today we have airplanes. We've flown to the moon. Scraping the sky doesn't seem like such a big deal.But go back to this date in 1884.