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Largest city in Illinois which was founded in 1830 and incorporated in 1837
I don't know about the "old" Kenwood, but Kenwood Academy High School, a Chicago Public School, is located at 5015 S. Blackstone - my daughter graduated from there. I think they also have 7th and 8th grade students, but I'm not sure. There is a website for Kenwood. I'm sure you could find out some h…
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Finding Information on a Chicago Address You can search on the address at http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/search/search.asp. Click on the camera icon for a picture! A complicating factor to consider: it is my understanding that during the time of the pre-1909 numbering systems, the e…
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%FOLLOWUPS% A Google search with the words, "Garden City Brewery Chicago", gave the following: The brewery existed from 1901 to 1950 and produced beers with the names "Daisy", "Old Brew" and "Erlangen".   I have a glass stein from the Garden City Brewery with the name PRIMATOR on it. My …
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I do believe this company still exists in the Chicago suburbs. The Chicago Plant on Cicero near Division moved sometime in the 1980's. To my understanding, the building no longer exists. Answer I don't know where Leaf Gum was located. However, it's famous for being sold as "Card-O". For a penny you …
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%DETAILS% You can search on the address at http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/search/search.asp.Click on the camera icon for a picture!   If you would like I can take the photo for you. I work for the city and am in the neighborhood quite often, let me know if you would like me to take the …
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The first Constitution of the State of Illinois was adopted on August 26, 1818 by vote of the members of a constitutional convention. No one signed the Constitution. The members of the convention included two or three delegates (depending on size) elected from each county in Illinois.
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% I believe th Chicago Park Police was absorbed into the CDP in 1957.My father was a Park Policeman from 1931. He retired from the CPD in 1963. I am a retired Park Ridge police since 1986. My father was Sterling Benson, he passed azway in 1997.   is there a list of nam…
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%DETAILS% Go to www.chicagolandbeerhistory.com for more info.   George Joseph Cooke was my grandfather, but I know little about the brewery. Third-hand hearsay says there was some sort of scandal (a bad batch of beer?).I believe it became Cooke Cold Storage before financial demise.I could …
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% I don't know much about the history, but I can tell you that it's a single word: BudlongOn the northwest side of Chicago there is a Budlong School, named after the family; and also Budlong Woods, which I believe is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.Maybe thi…
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% Timewarp,If your token was made before 1909, when the new Chicago street address system was adopted, the 172-176 N. Clark location would have been north of the river, with a (1N) address at the north bank of the river.If the token is made of copper and is about the size of a …
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The Chicago Riot of 1886 is also known as the "Haymarket affair" occurred on May 4, 1886 in Chicago. It began as a rally in support of striking workers. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they dispersed the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of eight p…
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Chicago Riot of 1968 Here is what FAQ Farmers have had to say: The 1968 riot had nothing to do with the killing of Doctor Martin Luther King. That had happened earlier in the year. Later in the year, Chicago was also the scene of the anti-war "Days of Rage." The '68 Democratic Convention was the…
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The town of Chicago was founded in 1833 and named by the French Canadians in their pronounciation and spelling of an Algonquian word. It is either the Fox tribe's word for "place of wild onion" or the Ojibwa tribe's word for "skunk". Either way, it has been recorded that wild onion, chives and garli…
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you would enter the area off of diversey and walk down past umbrella tables with chairs. there was a mobile unit next to the building where you could purchase light refreshments (soft drinks and i believe things like hot dogs -- nothing fancy...) i have home movies of the olson rug waterfalls. when …
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%FOLLOWUPS% Rowe Brothers were J. Leslie Rowe and Arthur or Alfred Rowe. J. Leslie owned Blake and Ham Jewelry Store in Frankfort, Indiana. It closed around 1970. They did have some watches and most are valued $100-$200 today.Ann Rowe Bradshaw
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%DETAILS% Answer Gary, The following was taken from the book Chicago: Pictorial and Biographical, Volume II, published in 1912: Perkins B. Bass Perkins B. Bass, engaged in the real-estate business, in which connection he handles property principally in the central section of the…
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Location of Chicago House The intersection of Carroll and Des Plaines Streets, where Northwestern House was located, no longer exists on my 2001 map. The location of the Northwest boarding house in the 1860's now appears to have been near, or perhaps under, the present day Blue Line elevated trai…
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My family moved to Brighton Park in the early 1900's. They were Irish Catholic (attended St. Agnes Church), and were railroad workers. I'm planning a trip to Chicago in the very near future and would love to see the Brighton Park area. My great-great grandparents' house on South Rockwell is still st…
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Hello All, My husband has sign that was his father's. He worked for Brinks years ago. It is very heavy and in good condition, a few painted areas are worn but the overall sign in perfect. It is shaped like a shield. 13 1/4" Wide x 15" Tall. The sign says; BRINK'S INCORPORATED FOUNDED 1859 MONEY AN…
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Chicago Portrait CompanyChicago Portrait Company was founded in 1893 and located 509 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.Info from visitors:My photo is marked "The Studios of the Chicago Portrait Company. Located on Wabash Ave, Chicago in 1936. There was also a "Chicago Portrait Company" in St Lo…
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%DETAILS% Answer According to H. Mayer & R. Wade, in their book -- Chicago, Growth of a Metropolis, page 177 -- the City of Lake View's annexation to Chicago was in 1889.
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Chez Paree My grandmother danced there in the mid-40's, with Tony Martin, the singer. I can't find any detailed info as of yet. She was also in an issue of Life magazine back then.It was located on 610 Fairbanks Ct. in the '30's. You can see references to it at StreetSwing Historic Night Club site.…
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Frances, I don't know if there is a connection with Margaret Dyer and a Charles Volney Dyer but this may perhaps be of some interest to you. There was a Dr. Charles Volney Dyer of Chicago, who was a noted abolitionist who had recently come from upstate New York circa 1836. See The History of Gene…
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Riverview roller rink My friends and I skated there every Friday night, then went straight into the "Park" and went on rides until closing time, around midnight. Then we walked about two miles home up Clybourne Ave to the Projects where we lived. You could do that then.My father worked as a guard a…
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%FOLLOWUPS% Dear Barbara We can help you in your quest for information on Chicago fireman, George Fuller. Is it possible that he was killed as early as 1875? Did George have a middle initial? Please email me at the above email address. This is a non-profit organization, we do not charge for resea…
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On a map of the Chicago World's Fair, 1933/1934 Century of Progress, the following Illinois Central Stations are shown: 18th Street, 22nd St., 29th St., 31st St., 35th St. and 39th St. Perhaps the stairwell and railing you saw was a remnant of one these stations. Also, you mention the 53rd Street st…
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%DETAILS% That of course was the slang term used by many to describe the area and I am sure it was not an official designation. The area around and near Montrose and Damen ave. was largely inhabited by people from the south. This might have gone as far north as Lawrence Ave. and generally east …
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Lincoln Highway I am not a real OLD TIMER but I did live in a three flat on Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights about 1954 to 1956 when I was just a toddler. My grandparents lived in the 3 flat next to us and I can recall watching the trucks roll by through their living room window in the late …
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%FOLLOWUPS% L. Frank Baum wrote "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" while living in Chicago at 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard near Humboldt Park. See: and: http://www.kansasoz.com/infoozpublicity02.htm   The Chicago Historical Society has some great books on individual neighborhoods in a paperback…
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%DETAILS% Answer The Chicago Guernsey Farm was located on Garfield Road in Hinsdale, IL. My father worked there as a dairy man in the mid-twenties and it went out of existence in the sixties. They had their own herd of guernsey cows and milked them twice daily. Interestingly, during the Second …
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%DETAILS% I recently heard about a book:It is called Wicker Park from 1673 thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide by Elaine A. Coorens. Has a light blue cover with artists drawings of homes in that area. It has 200 some pages and then there are more pages consisting of the Walking Tour. Should be in li…
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%DETAILS% Answer CHI PUB LIB Try this website, at the Chicago Public Libraries....in their special collections Chicago Public Library Special Collections and Preservation Division Neighborhood History Research Collection Historical Note The first permanent settlement in the Calumet re…
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schreffler piano company of Chicago
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My grandfather Hugh Livingston Cole was part owner of the Cole Hot Blast Mfg Co. with his brothers. The factory went out of business in the 20's I believe. My Dad, H L Cole, Jr. still lives in Chicago. My aunts who studied abroad, Shirley and Mary, live in St. Louis and Trenton, New Jersey, respecti…
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%DETAILS% Answer Check Bill Roemer's book "The Enforcer", biography of Tony Spilotro by a former FBI agent in Chicago. Mentions the hotel many times.
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%DETAILS% The Chicago Tribune Tower was built in the 1920s. The old Tribune Building was located on the southeast corner of Dearborn and Madison streets. To see a photograph of the old building see the following:http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?cdn:17:./temp/~ammem_iCab:The caption for the a…
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I'm sure I could locate some pics from the early 70's.My Grandparents lived in this area until their passing. (Across from Crane Clock) if you are familiar. I believe I have pics of the library, theatre, gerties, hi-lo, niesners dept. store, archer ave. bigstore, Davis school, the shack, alot of mem…
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%DETAILS% Answer I remember this hotel very well. It was red and black with stairs leading below ground level. I attended a grammar school in that area and students used to make jokes about the place. I know it's quite old and my dad said there is some interesting history connected with this…
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%DETAILS% Storybook Park and Adventureland were in Addison, IL.   There is also a Storybook Gardens in the Wisconsin Dells, in case you were too young remember where you were. I believe it is still open.
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%DETAILS% In the book "Chicago and Cook County Sources: A Genealogical and Historical Guide" by Loretto Dennis Szucs (publish date 1986), "Irish Sources" are recommended that may find helpful to you; are as follows:Irish American Heritage Center ChicagoChicago Irish Ancestry (CIA) c/o Newberry Li…
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According to one historian; in the early days of Chicago, a point of land jutted out into the river at the junction of the North Branch and the main stem of the Chicago River forming Wolf Point. At this location was a tavern - owned by Elijah Wentworth - with a sign of a wolf on a pole in front. An…
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%DETAILS% The Morrison Hotel, the "Hotel of Perfect Service," was a premier Chicago hotel by the 1920s. Located in the center of the city at the corner of Clark and Madison, it boasted 3,400 rooms, featured two lobbies, the Cameo Ballroom, and two large restaurants, the Boston Oyster House and th…
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%DETAILS% I assume that you know of the display at The Field Museum on the ground floor? The display is just off the elevator. I know that they have a panel about his life and death. If that fails, send the Field Museum scientists a question on their web site. Good luck.   I went to school…
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%DETAILS% I'm not sure about the Caribbean Room. I have been trying to track down information on the Hyde Park Hotel "east of Chicago, near the lake" where my Great Aunt, Elizabeth Gates Meagher lived for the last 20 years of her life. Her husband, Arthur Meagher actually built this hotel. Does t…
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This listing is from a booklet titled "Where to Eat and Sleep in Chicagoland" by Marie C. Pedderson (1947): "HENRICI'S, 71 W Randolph St and 222 N Bank (Merchandise Mart), Ph[one] Randolph St Dearborn 1800, Merchandise Mart Whitehall 8525. These two Henrici's restaurants are a landmark in Chicago. T…
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located on Broadway, it consisted of restaurant, night club featuring entertainment(George Gobel, George Brunis dixieland group and a piano player who had a hit tune who had an unusual way of playing the piano, he was from Cinn. Ohio if memory serves me right.It also conisted of a men's sports wear …
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Here are some bits of information that you may find helpful: According to the book �Chicago Sun Times: Metro Chicago Almanac�, regarding the community �Auburn Gresham�, �The former communities in this area were called Auburn (platted in 1872) and Gresham (platted as South Englewood in the…
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%REPLIES% Answer Try this website, lib.niu.edu Answer From the book: Suburban/Rural Conflicts in Late 19th Century Chicago: Political, Religious and Social Controversies on the North Shore by Mark A Zaltman: When in the 1830's and the 1840's, the first serious settlement of the Rogers P…
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%DETAILS% Answer Historically, due to the lack of jobs in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries, Latinos have migrated to the US in search of jobs. In the 1950s Chicago was a big city with many jobs. In the late 1950s many Latinos, in Chicago, lived in the area by Congress expressway…
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%DETAILS% Answer I'm not sure exactly when but when I went to the Institute in the late 1970's for the first time in over 20 years they were gone. The furniture seemed to be disbursed all over the museum. I'm not sure but I think the changes were made to provide room for the collection of mod…
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Garfield Avenue was renamed Dickens Avenue in 1940 and Garfield Court (possibly now called Dickens Boulevard - 2100 N. from 300W to 314 W) in 1936. Please see: http://www.rootsweb.com/~itappcnc/pipcnstreet.htm .
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%DETAILS% Answer The Byerly Pop Co. was located in Arizona. As A boy in the 50's You could still buy their product. I have a bottle with their name on it.
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%DETAILS% Answer The obvious answer is "Because without maintenance and occasional renovation everything old gets rundown." Of course that avoids the issue of why old neighbourhoods tend to enter a phase where everyone stops doing that maintenance and renovation. To a large extent, that's…
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%DETAILS% This listing appears in a booklet titled "Where to Eat and Sleep in Chicagoland" by Marie C Pedderson (1947): "ATLANTIC HOTEL, 316 S Clark St, Ph[one] Wabash 2646. One of the moderate priced Chicago hotels, located in the loop business district. 400 rooms. Single $1.75 to $4.00; double …
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%FOLLOWUPS% I do not know if this would be helpful to you, but a Frederick Boldenweck is mentioned in '*Who's Who in Chicago' 1931; 'merchant; April 14,1842-September 30,1929. See Who's Who in Chicago,1926.''The Book of Chicagoans' was first published in 1905. The title was changed to 'Who's Who …
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My family moved to Portage Park in 1949. I was told that the park got its name because the Indians "portaged" their canoes through this area. I read in a book about St. Pascal's church that homes were built in the area because people who worked at "Dunning" (the farmer's name who donated the land) …
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The Census Bureau's Regional Fun Facts page for the Chicago region notes the unemployment rate for each year from 1900 to 1999. It is located at the Related Link below.
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Many. Back at the turn of the century many Europeans immigrated to Chicago. Mostly Italians and Irish at the time. But not to bore you and to speed foward, Chicago has every ethnic nationality you can think of. In the last 20 years the Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, Mexican and Arab populations have g…
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Chicago before it was called Chicago was just land of Indian territory. They named the area Chickagou or Checagou, which meant a type of smell which at the time indicated wild onion, skunk cabbage, and a resentful colony of polecats. The word was also in general use among the savages to indicate a …
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%DETAILS% Answer From the website: Urbanites Cathedrals This, regarding, the Siegel-Cooper store in New York..... New York the Siegel-Cooper store opened at 18th Street and Sixth Avenue in 1896, with financing arranged by Goldman, Sachs. A steel-framed stone building six stories high, elab…
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Several years ago Gay Chicago Magazine (Aug 10 1995) did an article on Boystown history. I saved this article and will share a few facts with everyone. First, the gay community was first in the River North area around Clark and Hubbard. The Baton Bar is still in this area. The area we now know as B…
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%DETAILS% Answer From: Chicago Urban History The White City Roller Rink is the finest, coolest, cleanest, and best managed skate palace in the world. Two sides are entirely made up of windows, which, when opened, make the rink practically an open-air pavilion; sunshine and excellent ventilat…
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%DETAILS% Answer The red stars represent the following: First red star: Fort Dearborn Second red star: Chicago Fire of 1871 Third red star: Worlds Columbian Exposition 1893 Fourth red star: Century of Progress Exposition 1933 [Each red star has six points and each point has sp…
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%DETAILS% History of Chicago Housing Authority   The history of (CHA)is poverty. It was a terrible idea to put all of those low-income people into big buldings, in apartments one on top of the other. Public housing was nice until Mayor Daley begging using to segregate the city's rapidly …
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I remember reading somewhere that putting lights in the alleys and ensuring weekly garbage pickups as scheduled were two of the main campaign promises made by Richard J. Daley that got him elected Mayor of Chicago, but I don't know which election. I also don't recall where I read this. It was in 196…
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%DETAILS% It is my understanding that the Lake View community is bounded by Fullerton Avenue on the South, to Devon Avenue on the North, and from the Lakeshore to Western Avenue on the West.In the book �Historic City: The Settlement of Chicago� published by the City of Chicago in 1976 (Librar…
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John T. McCutcheon - Injun Summer see: Purdue.edu   NICE FRAMEABLE COPIES OF THIS CARTOON "INJUN SUMMER" done in 1903, copyright 1912 BY JOE (JOHN)T. MCCUTCHEON ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE STORE BY MAIL OR IN PERSON. It is also available on the web as: stonemarche.org Another n…
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Named after William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the US. In regards to the follow-up question: "Is there a definitive listing of the origins of Chicago street names?" The now out of print book - which should be available at public libraries - "Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Name…
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Latin King Gang The Latin Kings have a huge effect on the Humbolt Park area. Even bigger than most people would like to believe. The fact that they rule that area and control it show how powerful they are against the law. They can make anyone living in that area not talk. If the people are …
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i do not have an answer to this either,but i do have a picture of the white house painted on bubble glass that says "copyrighted in 1917" by Chicago portrait co. i also have the original frame. any help at all would help.i have no e-mail but you may call 219-762-3304 thank you
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%DETAILS% Answer This is a very remote possibility; however, there is a William M. Scudder briefly mentioned in the book The Chicago Historical Society 1856-1956: an Unconventional Chronicle by Paul M. Angle (published 1956), in regards to his description of the destruction of the house belon…
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William, The answer is yes; Wellington Avenue is located at 3000 North, from 300 West to 7500 West. As I replied earlier today, regarding your previous question about Irish communities within the Lakeview community; Wellington Avenue, from my estimate of the color-coded area on the map for the ye…
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%FOLLOWUPS% For some reason, I thought the family came from the Oak Park-River Forest area, and in googling, I found the following in the special collections of the Chicago Public Library:Bowman Dairy Reitzel, J. A. The Flourishing Tree: A History of the Bowman Dairy, 1874-1949. Chicago, 1949. Ra…
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%DETAILS% the hotel's name was likely The Graemere,go to digitalpast.org and under Search, type in graemere, it should provide 2 images of postcards, one of the lounge, the other of the hotel & surrounding area. I believe it was in Garfield Park area.   I believe the hotel was abandone…
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%DETAILS%%FOLLOWUPS% If your ancestor was a prominent Chicago citizen you might try The Chicago Historical Society. Otherwise, you are talking about genealogical research and your best bet will be to get in touch with others who may be researching the same family lines. Go online to USGenWeb for …
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N O ! , Chicago is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes. No, but we've got one heck of a Lake.
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Richard J. Daley served the following:Terms of Office1st term: 1955-1959 2nd term: 1959-1963 3rd term: 1963-1967 4th term:1967-1971 5th term: 1971-1975 6th term: 1975-1976 (died in office)see also, Chicago's Mayors, Chicago Public Library at: ChiPubLib
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I grew up 100 miles W of Chicago and would go to Chicago on the old Kate Shelley railroad (CNW) to see my aunt.....the Sauer's restaurant was one of her favorite places to take me for a burger - there and a place on Wells Street with peanuts all over the floor....?John Barleycorn's?? Oh, how time pl…
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read them they are good books
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%FOLLOWUPS% I don't know if you are looking for a bakery that was owned by Edward Koptik or not but a reverse on glass sign just showed up with his name on it. Perhaps this is your family?
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Lakeview was an incorporated town from 1887 to 1889 when Chicago annexed it into the city. People were living in the area from 1830. Lakeview's name came from a hotel built near what is now Sheridan and Byron. Walter Newberry of library fame, suggested the name to the owner James Rees. If you go to …
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%FOLLOWUPS% I have still not seen the tunnel you refer to, however, I have spoken with a couple rail people, and the have told me that it was highly unlikely that this was a freight line due to the fact that the railroads had right of way to go above ground, and they usually avoid tunneling in ca…
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What really happened in a Trumbull Park Twin Brooke is a man got murdered and know one knows who did it or if he commited suiside so it is dangerous to go at least at 11:00pm because i used to live right across and now i moved all because him and i was probly the richest person in trumbull jk tht i …
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I've never heard of such a room at the Blackstone, but a guest did die under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s at the Congress Hotel. The door that would have been numbered 666 has been locked & sealed, and the people working at the front desk claim not to know why may have become commingl…
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That was my Uncle's bakery, then my father's, then my brother's. Are you still interested. I did not make the cookies, but perhaps my brother knows the recipes. Let me know (rpuetter@att.net)
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I don't know the full range of their business, but I do know Albert Pick & Co manufactured better-grade dishware etc. for the hotel and restaurant trade, everything from cups and saucers to serving dishes and glasses. I also know they were doing business by the early 20th century. A good referen…
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%DETAILS% Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) a physician � He signed the Declaration of Independence. � Served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. � A friend of Thomas Paine. � Chicago�s Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke�s Medical Center was named in his honor. �   It's my understandi…
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%DETAILS% In 1895, a house there was bought by Eugene Field, dubbed "the children's poet" by someone (mebbe his own publisher) or some group. Field died only 5 months after buying the house. In 1926, a large apartment building was constructed on the site, and given the street numbers of 4240-48. …
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Answer It's located at the junction of the Chicago river and a natural harbor on Lake Michigan. Back in the 1800s, waterways were common travel routes and town frequently sprouted up at such natural intersections. Answer You may also be interested in reading "Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and …
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I am also interested in the House of Baldwin art gallery. I have two original watercoloring paintings that have the House of Baldwin sticker on the back. I would like to find out about them. They belonged to my mother-in-law who is now deceased. Any info would be appreciated..My grandfather was an a…
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The entire building was designed by Marshall and Fox architectural firm.
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On the far south side Chicago a building bears the name bears the name Bowman Dairy. It is located at the intersection of 103rd South , Beverly Ave. ( Ashland Ave.) , and Vicennes ave. The name currently covered with a hanging temp sign but I ride pass it daily. Channel 11 aired a fund raiser to pur…
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%REPLIES% Answer You may be interested in viewing photographs of people and winter sports - speed skating, cross-country sking and ski jumping within Humboldt Park between 1902 to 1933 from the Chicago Daily News at: memory.loc.gov enter the search words: Humboldt Park There are at least o…
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My father worked at that dairy from 1950 to 1963. He used to be a route driver who delivered milk door to door. As a little girl I would go with him on his route on Saturdays. I remember it as if it were just yesterday. Sadie, I am one of the sons of one of the owners of the Dairy. My father was Da…
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%DETAILS% Answer Forkosh Memorial Hospital Answer The name is/was Forkosh Memorial Hospital. The son of the founder was Dr. David Forkosh, his (David's) mother's name was Bertha. I believe the correct address is/was 2544 W. Montrose Ave. To the left of the entrance was a sculpture made…
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Not to shure on that but i do know that the Trib was printed in the basement up un till the 80's then they moved it to Fredom Center (it has been called that since it opened)
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%REPLIES% Answer The most significant artifact left from the World's Columbian Exposition is the Museum of Science and Industry. The buildings that stand on 57th Street near South Shore Drive became the museum in the 1930s if I'm not mistaken. If you want to know the full history of the Exposit…
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Adventureland operated from 1961 until 1977 and was located in Addison, IL. There was indeed alot of racial tension as stated below. (I worked at Adventureland during the 1975 & 1976 season). I personally believe the reason the park closed was partially due to Great America opening but also due …
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