Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category

Louis Lingg Goes Out with a Bang

Nov
10
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Condemned for a crime he (probably) did not commit, Louis Lingg escaped the hangman’s noose when he chose to eat it. Literally. He blew a blasting cap in his mouth.

Lingg was one of the eight anarchists who were …

Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century

Oct
27

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The Art Institute of Chicago will exhibit Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century. Stieglitz helped to elevate photography to fine art and contributed to the Pictorialist movement.

Born on January 1, 1864, Stieglitz was educated among the New …

Oc-Tea-Bar!

Oct
06

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What’s with the pumpkin spice hate this season? The aetherweb seems to be abuzz with complaints about pumpkin lattes.

Regardless, they don’t have ’em at Geek Bar Beta. However, they make a batch of tea-infused specialty cocktails at the …

Sep-tea-mber

Sep
22

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Oh. September, you muddled month! You awkwardly transition summer into autumn with your indecision about hot and cold.

Escape the weather with a gathering of steampunks at Geek Bar Beta on September 26, 2016, from 3-6pm. Specially blended tea-based cocktails …

Remember Haymarket!

Sep
01

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On Tuesday May 4, 1886, workers striking for an eight-hour day gathered at Haymarket Square in Chicago. A bomb went off, seven cops were killed and seven anarchists were sentenced to death. A combination of a partisan judge and a …

Tea and Geek Love

Aug
18

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Things were looking a little hairy for the monthly Steampunk Tea Party at Geek Bar Beta. Purse strings were tightening. Financial difficulties loomed. However, community and private support have provided tenability for the bar and future tea parties.

Fleet Admiral …

A Weekend to Remember!

Jul
28

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The dance card for the weekend segueing July into August 2015 is booking up quickly! Just look at the itinerary of things to do.

Eli August

Thursday July 30: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings play Martyr’s with Spears & Gears and …

The Wingfoot Air Express Disaster

Jul
21

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Some twenty years prior to the Hindenburg, Chicago had its own airship disaster. Thirteen people were killed and twenty-six were injured when the Wingfoot Air Express dirigible crashed into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building.

On July 21, 1919, the …

Mid-July Mirth

Jul
14

 

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Heavens to Betsy! Have I failed to mention the games and activities that are available at the July Steampunk Tea Party?

The Geek Bar offers game rentals. There are $1 dice games, $1 card games and $2 board …

Navigating Steamscapes

Jul
07
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Eric Simon, aka Fairman Rogers, is the Lead Developer for Steamscapes, a steampunk setting for the Savage Worlds role-playing game. He was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the game for us.

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