Archive for the ‘History’ Category

A Funeral for The Alley

Jan
12

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The Alley has supplied Chicago land with dark couture for almost forty years. It has been a mainstay of punks, goths, freaks, geeks, poseurs, and devotees of unpopular culture. Owner Mark Thomas closes shop on January 19, but not before …

Nietzsche’s Nervous Breakdown

Jan
05

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“From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.” –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols.

On January 3, 1889, philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche saw a man about a horse. He was staying in Turin, …

Happy New Year!

Dec
30

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Steampunk Chicago wishes you a Happy New Year!…

On the Origin of Species

Nov
24

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On November 24th, 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It upended notions of our classifications of living things. The impact …

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 …

Over She Goes!

Oct
20

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Going over Niagara Falls in a barrel doesn’t sound like a secure retirement plan, but it was the course of action for trendsetter Anne Edison Taylor. On October 24, 1901, her 63rd birthday, the daredevil plunged into the Niagara …

Remember Haymarket!

Sep
01

Haymarket Monument

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 …

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 …

The Lager Beer Riot

Apr
16

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Raise a glass to the Lager Beer Riot! It exposed a strain of bigotry that ran through the Temperance movement and opened doors to recreation.

In the 1840s, Chicago’s population expanded with the influx in immigrants. Irish escaped the Great