WBEZ | Fourth of July http://www.wbez.org/tags/fourth-july Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Two Chicago-area deaths may be related to heat wave http://www.wbez.org/news/two-chicago-area-deaths-may-be-related-heat-wave-100658 <p><p>Two people in the Chicago area may have died from heat-related causes on the Fourth of July, pending further investigation into the official cause of death.</p><div><p>A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner&#39;s office says the two deaths Wednesday so far are the only fatalities possibly related to the recent wave of roasting temperatures.</p><p>The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Chicago through Friday at 6 p.m. That means the area is expected to see dangerously hot temperatures for a prolonged period.</p><p>Chicago officials are urging residents to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.</p><p>Chicagoans can call 311 to find a nearby cooling center or request a well-being check. Rides to cooling center are available by calling 311.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/two-chicago-area-deaths-may-be-related-heat-wave-100658 How Chicago celebrated the glorious Fourth http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-07/how-chicago-celebrated-glorious-fourth-100445 <p><p>What are your plans for the Fourth of July? This is how Chicago marked the holiday, at two different points in our history.</p><p><strong>1862&nbsp;</strong>&mdash; One-hundred fifty years ago, America was in the midst of Civil War, and Chicagoans anxiously scanned newspapers for reports of the great battles in Virginia.</p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s holiday celebration began at sunrise, when cannons at Fort Douglas boomed out a salute to the nation born four-score-and-six years before. Bells rang throughout the city, and revelers fired guns into the air.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/07-04--Trumbull%27s%20%27Declaration%27.jpg" title="Trumbull's 'The Declaration of Independence' (Architect of the U.S. Capitol photo)" /></div><p>Soon trains were arriving at the downtown depots, bringing in country people who&rsquo;d come to the city for the Fourth. Meanwhile, a smaller number of city people were on their way out of town for a day in the country.</p><p>A parade marked the holiday morning. Firemen, police, members of patriotic clubs and a contingent of guards from the military prison were the main marchers. As the parade passed, many spectators stepped into the street to follow. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>At noon the parade arrived at Washington Square, where thousands had already gathered. The afternoon program there included a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and various orations damning the treason of the Southern rebels.</p><p>The crowds dispersed in late afternoon, with people moving on to picnics, or family gatherings, or society dinners. The day closed with a fireworks display over the lakefront near Van Buren Street.</p><p>During that long July 4<sup>th</sup>, four major fires broke out in different parts of the city, resulting in over $50,000 in damages. Officials placed the blame on young people shooting off firecrackers.</p><p><strong>1962&nbsp;</strong>&mdash; Fifty years ago, America was at peace. In a major address, President Kennedy declared that the nation&rsquo;s goal should be a &ldquo;declaration of interdependence&rdquo; with a united western Europe.</p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s July 4<sup>th</sup> was marked with flags &mdash; on bicycles, buildings, trucks, trees and almost anything that could hold them. One South Side bank gave out miniature stars-and-stripes to all the neighborhood businesses. The 6100 block of West Eddy Street boasted more than 100 flags.</p><p>With the temperature in the low 70s, about a half-million people flocked to the parks and forest preserves. Lincoln Park Zoo was a favored destination. The major museums also reported large attendance.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/07-04--July%204th%20parade.jpg" title="Neighborhood Fourth of July parade, early 1960s" /></div><p>It was a day of local festivals. In Edgewater a section of Broadway was blocked off for a carnival. In Evanston 25,000 people gathered at Dyche Stadium to watch athletic events and a circus show. Flossmoor and Wheaton had parades, Mundelein an &ldquo;Independence Day Mardi Gras.&rdquo; One group of families in Rogers Park staged a Fourth of July musical featuring clowns, dog acts, a magic show, and a brass band.</p><p>Patriotic oratory was still in fashion. At a gathering in Edison Park, Congressman Roman Pucinski told 5,000 listeners that Communism was dying, and that the grandchildren of Soviet leader Khrushchev &ldquo;will grow up in an era of freedom.&rdquo;</p><p>Back downtown, as afternoon moved into evening, there was an aerial display and a concert at Grant Park. The last event of the day was the annual American Legion fireworks show at Soldier Field.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the Maxwell Street area, dozens of store windows were blown out by holiday explosives. On the South Side, police arrested three people for selling firecrackers to children.</p><p><strong>2012&nbsp;</strong>&mdash; Have a happy Fourth of July. And watch out for firecrackers.</p></p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-07/how-chicago-celebrated-glorious-fourth-100445 The Paper Machete extra: The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 7/211 - American Icons http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-19/paper-machete-extra-paper-machete-radio-magazine-7211-american-icon <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/Robbie-Fulks-2011-07-02-photo-by-evan-hanover.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-15/Robbie-Fulks-2011-07-02-photo-by-evan-hanover.jpeg" style="width: 400px; height: 602px;" title="Robbie Fulks at 'The Paper Machete' July 2, 2011 (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>We're going back into the archives, to the beginning of summer 2011 (oh! so long ago!), for this week's <em>The Paper Machete</em> extra. Let's set the scene: it's the <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/07/07/radio-magazine-7211-new-format-podcast/">Fourth of July</a>, and Ali and Christopher just don't want to be here right now. But Robbie Fulks does; he talks about cowboy Jack Clement, and with his wife Donna, sings songs about their favorite cowboys. Neo-Futurist Bilal Dardai bemoans Samuel Morse and the creation of the telegraph. Stephanie Shaw tears into Phyllis Schlafly, and Dastardly wraps things up with some more music. Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below. As always, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483596-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/papermachete-radio-mag-2011-07-02.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-19/paper-machete-extra-paper-machete-radio-magazine-7211-american-icon I think Navy Pier is hung over today (and other post 4th of July observations) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-07-05/i-think-navy-pier-hung-over-today-and-other-post-4th-july-observatio <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/flickr-fireworks.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You know when you throw a house party and you wake up to find half empty PBR cans strewn all over the coffee table? That's Navy Pier this morning. I think I saw a rib bone out front of the Starbucks...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-05/flickr-fireworks.jpg" title="Beautiful (Flickr/Mambol)" width="500" height="403"></p><p><strong>B story</strong>: You cant have it both ways, I guess. The Tribune did a good job this weekend of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cops-investigate-videotaped-attack-stabbing-in-lakeview-20110704,0,2002834.story">covering a mass beating</a> in the “Lakeview” neighborhood. It was in the 3300 block of Halsted. Informally, that neighborhood is called “Boystown,” but does the media not call it that? Is that too slangy for “gay neighborhood?” Anyway, a group of people were walking one direction. They encountered a smaller group who was walking the other direction. They exchanged words and the bigger group pounced on the smaller group and stabbed a dude.</p><p>Now, I was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-07/redeye-are-mobs-damaging-chicagos-reputation-no-free-mini-newspapers">ALL over the media for overdoing it</a> on the mob attacks in Streeterville last month. It was my <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-30/month-review-junes-big-stories-and-headlines-slipped-88552">over reported story on Eight Forty-Eight’s Month in Review</a> (I was the loud one). But yesterday, Liam Ford was the only one to have this story. And from the quotes from community members, this has been going on a lot. So much so, that a group was formed to “Take Back Boystown,” which really should be called “Take Back the 7-11 Parking Lot.” So which is it, Kaufmann? Do you want the media to cover these crimes or don’t you?</p><p>Good question, Kaufmann. So Liam’s story was the first volley. Now let’s see how big media handles this one. Do they go front page? Do they follow up with questions about what this means? Or do they report it out as if it is any neighborhood story? If anyone is robbed in a six block radius of Halsted &amp; Belmont, will we have an epidemic on our hands? It will be interesting to watch if this story gets the same sort of coverage that the Streeterville attacks got. Now, there are different circumstances at play here (confrontation, fight, stabbing), but do those circumstances merit different coverage?</p><p>More at 10.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/joffrey-ballet-planning-lock-out-dancers-88702" target="_blank">The Joffrey Ballet has locked out ballet dancers</a>. It’s about time someone stuck it to the greedy ballet dancer. Ever since Black Swan, they just want everything. What do they make, like $15 million a season? What? They don’t? Well, how much do they make?</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Apparently, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/park-district-head-taste-chicago-likely-lost-money-88700">Taste of Chicago probably lost money this year</a>. Two words: The Jayhawks.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: New bloggers are going to start today. I’m going to stagger them, starting around 10am. I’m working on setting up blogs right now, or at least I’m supposed to be. I’m excited about four new blogs helping this space become the best in Chicago. Yes, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-blogger/BestOf?oid=4101960">you heard me, Whet</a>. We’re coming for you!</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Remember this day.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Paul-Star! Brilliant! The Chicago White Sox organization is planning an all out assault on the fan with their “Paul-Star” campaign to vote in Paul Konerko to the All-Star team. This ranges from t-shirts to billboards in camera view behind the batters box. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Chicago’s Paul Konerko is up against players from Kansas City,&nbsp; Detroit and (insert small market here). He should win. I’m just fascinated by the coordinated marketing push by the White Sox to harass their fans into voting on some web site that probably requires you to log-in so MLB can send you info on MLB in the future. Hey, White Sox. Could you just cool it? Pauly deserves to be in. I don’t deserve spam.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: So if you missed the 15 minute fireworks, don't fret. YouTube to the rescue. But let's skip the 15 minute version and go with a more birds eye (literally), borderline illegal video from an airplane.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CdMVz2EczBI" width="425" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-07-05/i-think-navy-pier-hung-over-today-and-other-post-4th-july-observatio The Weekly Guide: Mucca Pazza plays it loud for 4th of July http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-01/weekly-guide-mucca-pazza-plays-it-loud-4th-july-88621 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-01/page_bg_balcony.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago’s <a href="http://mucca-pazza.org/" target="_blank">Mucca Pazza</a> takes the classic half-time band music and gives it a punk and rock and roll twist. The 30-piece ensemble performs Monday, July 4, at the <a href="http://www.chicagofestivals.net/downtown-sound-new-music-mondays" target="_blank"><em>Downtown Sound Series </em></a>in Millennium Park. Members Gary Kalar and Elanor Leskiw gave some ideas for a smashing Fourth of July weekend in the latest installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Elanor and Gary's List:</strong><br> <strong>FRIDAY:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.rotofugi.com/gallery/artists/lfop2011.asp%20" target="_blank">Revenge: New Works by The Little Friends of Printmaking</a><br> Opening Reception-7-10 p.m.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.katerinas.com/entertainment.php#1207%20" target="_blank">Rembetika at Katerina's</a>: First Friday of every month-10 pm<br> <br> <strong>SATURDAY:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.halfacrebeer.com/tours.php%20" target="_blank">Half Acre Brewery Tours</a>-1 p.m.<br> <br> <strong>MONDAY:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/seefeel.html%20" target="_blank">Mucca Pazza and Cave at Millennium Park</a>-6:30 p.m.</p><p><em>Music Button:&nbsp; Dubu, "Stainless"</em></p></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-01/weekly-guide-mucca-pazza-plays-it-loud-4th-july-88621