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.
"The new, gleaming jewel of the lakefront" was dedicated on this November 18th in 1960. That would be the first version of McCormick Place.The mammoth exhibition hall was the pet project of the Tribune's longtime publisher, Col. Robert R. McCormick.
In a sense, today is the birthday of WBEZ.Ninety years ago on this date, Chicago was introduced to the latest method of instantaneous communication. They called it radio-telephony--or just plain radio.The city was a late starter in this particular technology.
Chicago in the 1920s could be a dangerous place if you got on the wrong side of the wrong people. Smiling Joe Lewis found that out on November 9, 1927.Lewis was an up-and-coming young cabaret singer. For a year he'd been the star attraction at the Green Mill in Uptown.