A crowd of 50,000 people jammed the Civic Center Plaza at noon on August 15, 1967. Chicago was unveiling its newest piece of public art: a gift to the city from the celebrated Pablo Picasso.Covered with blue sheeting, the giant sculpture loomed over the plaza. Then Mayor Richard J.
Like any great city, Chicago is always changing. Familiar landmarks are destroyed. Lost Chicago, by David Lowe, is the classic book on our vanished local heritage.But what about those well-remembered Chicago oddities that never made the guidebooks, even when they were around?
"The first white man to settle in Chicago was black." That was a popular witticism around town in the 1930s, and it says a lot about the attitudes of the time. Of course, the person referred to was Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.DuSable was the first non-indigenous resident of our area. We know that.
Unless you're a historian or a pigeon, you might not pay much attention to the statues that decorate our city and suburbs. But like our street names, each one has a story to tell.The William McKinley statue stands near the southeast corner of Archer and Western.
With record rainfall this month and severe flooding across the region, it’s hard to imagine a summer day dry enough to set the city ablaze.But that’s just what happened in May of 1934, when Chicago had seen less than 4 inches of rain since the beginning of the year, one-third of what was normal.