If you are a sophisticated drinker, you know about the Manhattan. Obviously, that cocktail was invented in New York City. Here in Chicago we can lay claim to devising our own famous mixed drink.In 1903 on this December 16th, the city was learning about the Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden.
The house at 2156 N. Tripp Avenue looks unremarkable, yet it is part of history. Walt Disney was born here on December 5, 1901--110 years ago today.Elias and Flora Disney, Walt's parents, arrived in Chicago from Florida in 1890.
Feminism was in the news on November 30, 1923. Five hundred women came to Chicago for a conference of the National Women's Rights Party. They met at 675 N. Rush Street, the mansion home of Ganna Walska.Walska was one of those people who were famous for being famous.
Chicago may not have an ocean, but we do have Lake Michigan. We are a maritime city. This is one day to remember that tradition, with the story of the Christmas Tree ships.Around the turn of the 20th Century, the German custom of decorating Christmas trees was taking hold in Chicago.
"The new, gleaming jewel of the lakefront" was dedicated on this November 18th in 1960. That would be the first version of McCormick Place.The mammoth exhibition hall was the pet project of the Tribune's longtime publisher, Col. Robert R. McCormick.