Archive for the ‘Old-Timey’ Category

African Steam Safari via Luxury Train


141106161010-rovos-rail-steam-safari-horizontal-galleryThere’s hardly anything more old-timey than booking a cabin and enjoying the journey of an old steam train. All aboard to Africa for Rovos Rail’s luxury steam excursions! Traverse throughout the continent on your own personal safari, but leave your …

A Victorian Mansion Christmas



Silver and gold means so much more when I see silver and gold decorations in 19th century Gilded Age mansions. Fortunately, the Chicago area has several of these architectural representations with holiday events.

Downtown, the Dreihaus Museum (40 E …

Q Brothers for the Gentleman’s Face


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A gentleman’s face requires maintenance. The clean-shaven have a daily razor regimen. The mustachioed man who follows the Chap Manifesto dictum, “Thou shalt always cultivate interesting facial hair,” needs waxes. The contemporary “lumbersexual” keeps up appearances with beard oil. Chicago …

Steampunk Day at the Field Museum


fb-banner-01 Steampunk Chicago is pleased to present in partnership with Chicago’s Field Museum Magic of the Midway, celebrating their 1893 World’s Fair exhibit!

Calling all steampunks in, around, and beyond Chicago! Come to the The Field Museum for a one

Mecca Flat Blues


MeccaGot the Mecca flat blues and somebody’s goin’ to pay.

Harper’s Magazine called Bronzeville’s Mecca Flats building “The Strangest Place in Chicago.” With a history stretching back to the 1893 World’s Fair, it inspired a 1920s blues classic and poet …

A Day After Valentine’s Day Poetry Bordello


BorelloThe tradition of Valentine’s Day cards derives from the Roman Lupercalia fest. As part of the February 15 celebration, young men would pull a lady’s name from a box and pair off with her. This February 15th, 2014, …

The White City Then and Now


Postcard 1Due to a host of scheduling issues, it took months for me to finally go to The White City Then and Now tour at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. There was only one tour per month. I was …

Lil’ Devils


Les-Odalisques-de-Satan-half-800pxTechnology met mythology in the 1860s and they produced a diabolical vision. Charles Wheatstone invented the stereogram in 1838, which allowed people to see three-dimensional images compiled from two flat images. Paris in the 1860s produced stereoscopic photographs of devils …

Carnivale Delirium IV and So Much More!


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This Friday we entreat you to return to our spectacular fall event – Carnivale Delirium!  Our giant yearly show is upon us again, and don’t miss out!

This year we welcome back Eric Stern, front man of Vagabond

League of STEAM kicks off their third season with a new Kickstarter!



I first met the members of The League of STEAM at Steam-Con Two about what feels like ten or fifteen hundred years ago (though I think it was actually only three).  They immediately grabbed me, literally grabbed me, and introduced …