All too often history repeats itself — with tragic results. During the last 100-years, the killing of one person becomes symbolic and spawns a larger tragedy. Irregularly bubbling to the surface these crises rise from elemental rents and systemic failures in the fabric of society. We call to mind the deaths of George Floyd in...
In American history, we were taught that pioneers and homesteaders moved from east to west settling the continent in the greater pursuit of “Manifest Destiny” — killing and obfuscating the First Nations peoples’ way of life. However, another American pattern often overlooked is the migration from south to the north. Starting less than a century...
In 1909 Chicago changed dramatically both physically and intellectually. Having grown through fits and starts via annexation and experiencing the most rapid population growth of any city in history, to that point, the Chicago City Council approved a new street and address system in 1908. The new address system took effect in 1909 and employed...
The path to riches is not often associated with journalism, but in the case of George Ade, writing for Chicago newspapers was his road to wealth and fame. Ade, (1866-1944) who was born and raised in Kentland, Indiana, attended Purdue University and then came to Chicago to work as a reporter in the heydays of...
For 150 years, Chicago has remained the country’s busiest rail hub at the center of the nation’s rail network. In all, 40 railroads provide services from Illinois to every part of the United States and all seven of the major North American freight railways converge in Chicago to make it the largest US rail gateway....
Native Americans held great respect for natural systems while also managing the landscape to support their people and way of life. As “civilization” came to this area Chicago became a military outpost, village, city and metropolis and its residents were confronted with the elemental and reoccurring issue of controlling water — both fresh and waste...
Looking back on historical events, whether it is the Civil War or the Chicago Fire, they are usually presented in isolation, a individual events separated by subject, pinned to a specific date or period of time. Yet, history is not nearly so neat and tidy, and to someone who lived through those times, it becomes...
As we conclude this three-part mini-series on the Columbian Exposition of 1893, we talk about a few favorite exhibits and stories about the Fair, connections that exist still, and relevancy of the World’s Fair today. A major event for Chicago and honored by a star on the Chicago Flag the Fair brought Chicago and the...
We continue our discussion of Chicago’s first World’s Fair to learn why carousels were risque, the Ferris Wheel encouraged voyeurism, Columbus was cool, and unfortunately racism was the norm. In addition, the 1893 World’s Fair was a launching pad for many new products, industries, and processes that were promoted, were popularized or invented as a...
In 1893, Chicago is host to one of the most recognized and internationally famous world fairs, which honors the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving in America. Granted it was a year later than planned, but it became known for the advancement and development of many companies and ideas. A specially built exposition landscape was...
- Episode 29 – The 1919 Race Riots
- Episode 28 – WWI & Chicago Transformed
- Episode 27 – The Great Migration
- Episode 26 – 1909
- Episode 25 – A Book and A Beer: George Ade and the Old-Time Saloon
- Episode 24 – Bonus: Working on the Railroad
- Episode 24 – The Railroads
- Episode 23 – Reversing the Chicago River
- Episode 22 – Eyewitness to History: From the Pullman Strike to H.H. Holmes
- Episode 21 – The Third Star – part III
- Episode 20 – The Third Star – part II
- Episode 19 – The Third Star – Part I
- Episode 18 – The Year 1893
- Episode 17 – The Haymarket
- Episode 16: The Second Star – The Fire
- Episode 15: The Stockyards
- Episode 14: A Brewing City
- Episode 13: Early Chicago
- Special Episode: Don’t Sneeze, Cough or Spit!
- Episode 12: The First Star – part two
- Episode 11: The First Star
- Episode 10: The First Murder
- Episode 9: The First Scandal
- Episode 8 : The First Settler
- Episode 7: Jolliet & Marquette by Reenactment
- Episode 6: Mississippi by Canoe
- Episode 5: Missing at Death’s Door
- Episode 4: La Salle and the Voyageurs
- Episode 3: Urbs in Horto?
- Episode 2: The Place Called Chicagoua
- Episode 1: Who Was First?