Mike Dotson from Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood is curious to know: "What’s the history behind Cook County’s former Dunning Insane Asylum and the people buried near there?" Freelance writer and photographer Robert Loerzel digs into the history.
Beginning in the early 1920s, the sounds of a typical Saturday night in some Chicago households sounded less like the big city and more like a small town. National Barn Dance premiered on WLS the same week that radio station got underway. The show was a honky-tonk good time.
Chicago’s top cop Garry McCarthy has been criticized for recent comments he made about gun control in a predominately black parish. Race relations were a factor when the City of Chicago first implemented a hand gun registry in 1968.
Rahm Emanuel won’t be the first Chicago mayor with connections to the White House. Richard M. Daley is a political ally of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Daley's was a good friend of John F. Kennedy’s. And Richard J. Daley also had close ties with Lyndon Johnson.
From the time Burr Tillstrom and his Kuklapolitan Players first appeared in 1940 until government restrictions changed the entire landscape of local television, Chicago was at the forefront of Children’s programming.
Throughout November, the golden age of Chicago television is on display at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibition features lectures, a bus tour, even re-airings of original broadcasts. For WBEZ, Robert Loerzel reported on the role Chicago played in the evolution of television production.