It began in September 1933, when a local Polish group asked Mayor Edward J. Kelly to name a street in honor of Casimir Pulaski.The idea was appealing. General Pulaski had been a hero of the American Revolution. Besides that, the Poles were a major ethnic voting bloc.
On this day in 1965, Chicago got its first, full-fledged public university. The University of Illinois' Chicago Circle campus was dedicated.The university had been founded at Urbana in 1867. The first Chicago branch opened in 1946 at Navy Pier--"Harvard on the Rocks," the students called it.
How well did you find your way around 1944 Chicago?Most of the buildings in the picture have been demolished to make way for the UIC campus. But there are some clues.We have a wide street here, and there are only a few like this within a three-mile radius of State and Madison.
The protesters were angry and vocal in the fall of 1909. Their target was one heartless Chicago capitalist named Clarence Knight. He was trying to end smoking on the 'L' trains.Knight was president of the Chicago & Oak Park Elevated Railroad (today's Lake Street Green Line).