History of Grant Park 1900-1908

Park, railroad and lake

 Previous Post: Grant Park 1872-1899 In 1901, the City Council changed the name of Lake Park to Grant Park.  The Naval Reserve berthed the USS Dorthea at the foot of Randolph Street, occupying a sliver of the military reservation.     The Plan of Chicago was heavily promoted with speeches such as Chicago Can Get Fifty […]

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Even Kids Can Recycle

Source: Steve Snodgrass, Flickr

Hey kids, did you know America Recycles Day is on November 15? Recycling is an important way to re-use items that would otherwise end up as garbage. Take the pledge to "give your garbage another life" and learn how your can reduce, reuse and recycle. What Happens to Our Trash?: Did you know that the average […]

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Dreaming of Flying

Wright brothers first flight

November is a great time to learn more about aviation, from the hot air balloon to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers as we celebrate National Aviation Month. Since the first time man was able to successfully fly on December 17, 1903, the way the world lives has changed – from the […]

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Forgotten Chicagoans Rediscovered

poor's field

After all these years, you may be able to find who you’ve been looking for. Barry Fleig, a cemetery historian and member of the Chicago Genealogists Society, has spent the past 20 years sifting through documents to create a searchable database of the people buried at Cook County Cemetery. Nearly 38,000 people are buried at the site, […]

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Adult Angst In Suburbia

texas suburbs 2

After being forcibly retired from his advertising job, Wallace Webster spends his days and nights puttering around his Texas Gulf Coast housing development, Forgetful Bay. Odd things happen, such as a woman dancing in her slip in a driveway not her own and some mysterious deaths. However, these occurrences seem more like a backdrop to the low-key […]

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Brought to You by the Number 45: Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!

Source: Chicago Public Library Children's Services

Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969, which means that this week Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch and all of their neighbors on Sesame Street are celebrating their 45th birthday! Jim Henson's muppets have delighted and educated generations of children. As a toddler in the late 1980s, I have fond memories of watching […]

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Guest Blog: Author Elizabeth Berg on Heroes

Elizabeth Berg

As part of One Book, One Chicago, we're featuring a series of original essays titled Chicago Heroes: Real & Imagined! Each month through spring 2015, meet a local hero as introduced by a local author. Chicago authors will reflect on heroes from the past, present or even imagined in these new short essays. This month's essay is […]

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Serial: A Podcast


Have you been listening to the Serial podcast? If you’re a fan of true crime or hard-hitting journalism this is a must for you. The premise: Journalist and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, hosts this nonfiction podcast unraveling the story of a fifteen-year-old murder case.  Each week Koenig delves into details of the case. […]

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History of Grant Park 1872-1899

Map showing harbor

Previous: 1830-1871 The lagoon between Michigan Avenue and the railroad tracks provided a convenient dumping place for demolition debris after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The 1879 map shows Lake Front Park extending south to 12th Street. The lagoon had been filled in and an Exposition Building built south of Madison. It also appeared that the Illinois Central […]

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Rabies, Cancer and Syphilis

Rabies, Cancer and Syphilis

Once, I went to the emergency room because I thought I had chest pains. It turned out to be a very expensive nothing, but hypochondria has its benefits. For one thing, it encouraged me to read all sorts of fun books about horrifying diseases. Rabid deals with rabies, an illness that has scared us for centuries. The book […]

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