We've had the first real snowfall of the season. Today we remember the blizzard of January 13, 1979. It was Saturday the Thirteenth that year. But the storm proved unlucky for one Chicago mayor.The snow came down all that Saturday.
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).
How well did you find your way around the Chicago of 1947?The building with the clock tower is Grand Central Station. Built in 1890, for many years it was the Chicago terminus of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
Could you find your way around the Chicago of the past?The picture above was taken somewhere in the general vicinity of downtown. If you want to take a guess at the location, send it in via the "Comments" section of this post.
In case you hadn't noticed, the Chicago River flows backwards. It's been doing this for over a hundred years.Like any normal river, the Chicago River used to flow into a larger body of water--namely, Lake Michigan. This became a problem in the middle of the 19th Century.
The Great Chicago Fire destroyed over four square miles of the city and killed 250 people. On this date in 1903, more than twice that number died from a fire in a single building.The Iroquois Theatre opened in the fall of 1903.