Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The Eastland Disaster

Jul
25

EastlandThis year saw the 98th anniversary of the Eastland disaster. On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland sank in the Chicago River, taking with it 848 lives.

The tragedy owes something to the sinking of the Titanic. After the …

Chicago by Day and Night

Jun
03

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Chicago Publishers Thomson and Zimmerman released Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America as companion to visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It combines boosterism, a dash of morality and a …

What is High Tea?

Apr
26

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’ve used the term “high tea” in the 21st century, you’ve probably been a victim of its misleading name. This tea is not what it seems.

So what precisely …

Mid-March Wonder Weekend!

Mar
11

Rouge

On March 15th prepare to experience an electro-swing cabaret unlike any other!

ROUGE!

FEATURING…

ELECTROSWING & FRENCH HOUSE by DJs

Vourteque
www.Vourteque.com

Mr. Automatic
www.Dead2MeRecords.com

LIVE MUSIC BY

The Ford Theatre Reunion
(Lexington, KY)
www.TheFordTheatreReunion.com

Environmental Encroachment
(Chicago, IL)
www.Encroach.net

Steampunks can relive the past this weekend at Military History Fest!

Feb
01

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Steampunks! You may only be slightly out of time this weekend at Military History Fest 9 in St. Charles. Nonetheless, we love history, dressing up, and acquiring new gear! No better place to acquire period gear than at a history …

Steampunks well aware of IBM predicted trend

Jan
21

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So the eggheads at International Business Machines have spun the cogs of their infernal contabulation machine, and declared that steampunk is an up and coming trend, and will reach new heights this year.

Well, yes. Of course.

Analysts have gone …

Tribune Does Not Declare Steampunk Dead!

Jan
15

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In the January 13 Chicago Tribune Magazine article “Punked,” Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz makes a tongue in cheek point about the mainstreaming of steampunk style. ModVic provides salvaged home-restoration. Sherwin-Williams has announced a line of steampunk-inspired colors. Justin Bieber’s Christmas video is …

My Field Trip to Borri Audio Laboratories

Dec
24

Princeton, IL, is a two hour drive from Chicago. Down the street from the antique shops, upstairs from the dance studio and down the cramped hallway, you can find Borri Audio Laboratories. It’s the home of Shawn Borri, who …

A Mansion Off the Magnificent Mile

Nov
15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson Mayo commissioned his mansion in 1879. Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Dreihaus founded his museum there in 2003 to preserve architecture and design of the Gilded Age.

The …

Don’t Blame Mrs. O’Leary!

Oct
08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Chicago Fire burned Sunday, October 8, 1871, through Tuesday, October 10. 3.3 square miles burned and estimated 250-300 people died. We can stop blaming Mrs. O’Leary