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.
Almost any Chicago street name tells a story. Take Peshtigo Court. It's the last street you cross on the way to Navy Pier, before you duck under the Lake Shore Drive viaduct.Peshtigo Court is one block long.
The Wrigley Gum Company is moving out of the Wrigley Building. So let's take a look at the man who started it all.William Wrigley Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1861. His family manufactured soap. When he was 30, William moved to Chicago, planning to open a branch of the business."
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.