In 1911 women voted in some states--but not in Illinois. On this date 101 years ago, a group of female activists from Chicago chartered a train and traveled to Springfield to lobby for voting rights.At 9 a.m. the special "Suffrage Train" pulled out of the Illinois Central 12th Street Station.
Chicago has many micro-breweries to quench the discerning thirst. Our subject here is the city's last "macro-brewery."Peter Hand was a Prussian-born Civil War veteran who came to Chicago to work in the brewing industry. In 1891 he opened a small brewery of his own at North and Sheffield.
Skyscraper!We're so used to hearing the word, we don't really think about it. Today we have airplanes. We've flown to the moon. Scraping the sky doesn't seem like such a big deal.But go back to this date in 1884.
Oscar night is upon us. A silent movie is a contender for Best Picture. That makes it a good time to talk about Milton Sills.Milton who? Mention that name, and even some film historians draw a blank. Yet he was one of the biggest movie stars of his time.
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 1949 Chicago?The one obvious clue is the streetcar signed for Route 72, which is the number still used by the CTA for North Avenue. The double-wires overhead is another clue.