Chicago History

All about Chicago history.

Lake Shore Drive

If ever asked to take a trip on LSD, Chicago is the safest place in the world where you can answer “yes.”

The Chicagoan

Between 1926 and 1935 ran a magazine called the Chicagoan. Published in the same vein as the New Yorker as a cultural spotlight on the Second City, the periodical fizzled out in less than a decade.

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview Park, once located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, was one of the greatest of all amusement parks, and still holds a special place in the heart of all those who remember.

Chicago’s Public Transit Train: A Brief History of the “L”

Love it or hate it, the “L” is an integral part of Chicago history and culture.

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.

Required Reading: Sin in the Second City

In Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City readers can learn about the Levee, Chicago’s red-light district. At the heart of it all was the Everleigh Club.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.

Miegs Field: Chicago’s Third Airport

Operating for over 50 years, Miegs Filed was an integral part of Chicago history and the most scenic landing strip in the United States.

Let’s Make a Deal: Maxwell Street Market

Before there was Target or Wal-Mart, even before clearance items or sales racks, there was Maxwell Street Market. A bargainer’s haven, the little thoroughfare on the near west side is open every Sunday.

5 Kickass… Records from Chicago’s Past (The 1990s)

5 Kickass… Records from Chicago’s Past (The 1990s)

Local rock station Q101 may be just a memory, but the amazing music that poured out of the city in the ’90s still sounds great. Here’s 5 kickass albums by Chicago bands from the 1990s. Enjoy!

Required Reading: Chicago: City on the Make

Required Reading: Chicago: City on the Make

The definitive introduction to Nelson Algren’s work is his essay / love song / poetic anthropomorphization of the city he once loved.

Marshall Fields – A History

Before boasting the big red Macy’s star, Marshall Field’s was a Chicago shopping staple. Check out the history of this famed department store.

The Smashing Pumpkins: Chicago’s Musical Juggernaut

The rise and fall (and rise again) of Chicago’s very own Smashing Pumpkins. An epic love story by Gene Wagendorf.

The Newberry Library

Walter Loomis Newberry is one of those famous Chicagoans we sure owe a lot to. He helped spur Chicagoan’s interest in the literary arts and open one of Chicago’s first libraries.