Chicago was sweltering through another day of 100-degree heat on July 22, 1934. In the working-class Lincoln Park neighborhood, many people tried to cool off by taking in a movie at the air-conditioned Biograph Theater.
"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it."Mark Twain said that. Ordinarily, Chicagoans would have laughed along with this famous bit of wisdom. But in July of 1995, few people were in the mood for humor.
Chicago history is more than just a fire. But sooner or later, there's bound to be a story of the Great Conflagration of 1871. The house at 2121 North Hudson Avenue is at the center of this tale.The Chicago Fire started on the Near South Side.
We've heard much lately about selling a U.S. Senate seat. This is really nothing new. The most notorious case took place a hundred years ago. As you might expect, a Chicago politician was at the middle of it.William Lorimer was English in origin, born in Manchester in 1861.
By most accounts Chicago is in for a doozy of a snowstorm starting sometime later Tuesday. Residents have a pretty good idea what a blizzard will do to the streets, sidewalks and commute times. But what about how weather can affect politics?