We take most of our old buildings for granted. Today the Auditorium is known as the home of Roosevelt University. But when it was dedicated on this date in 1889, the Auditorium was the largest building in the country.
The house at 2156 N. Tripp Avenue looks unremarkable, yet it is part of history. Walt Disney was born here on December 5, 1901--110 years ago today.Elias and Flora Disney, Walt's parents, arrived in Chicago from Florida in 1890.
The story begins with a letter from Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. The celebrated physicist warned the president that Nazi Germany was developing the makings of an atomic bomb.Roosevelt knew what would happen if Hitler got such a weapon.
Feminism was in the news on November 30, 1923. Five hundred women came to Chicago for a conference of the National Women's Rights Party. They met at 675 N. Rush Street, the mansion home of Ganna Walska.Walska was one of those people who were famous for being famous.
America's first auto race was run on this date in 1895--right through the streets of Chicago.In 1895 automobiles were a new invention. They were small, open, and delicate. The year before there'd been an open-road race in France.
Chicago may not have an ocean, but we do have Lake Michigan. We are a maritime city. This is one day to remember that tradition, with the story of the Christmas Tree ships.Around the turn of the 20th Century, the German custom of decorating Christmas trees was taking hold in Chicago.