It's finally cooling off and now it's time to talk about Oktoberfest! @berghoffchicago has it from now until October 7th with live music and specials. This Butternut Squash Lasagna with manchego, grilled asparagus and glazed walnuts is a MUST when you visit. It's delicious and was by far my favorite. The blog is updated 👆🏼on my entire dining experience with a little history lesson 😃. Such a Chicago icon, it's definitely a place to stop in to try some of the contemporary and Old World dishes yourself 😜 #theberghoff#oktoberfest#lasagna#ontheblog#chicagogrammers
Founded in 1892 as the Elm Street Mother’s Club, the Hamlin Park Woman’s Club focused its attention on community service, English classes for second language learners, and public welfare among other issues. In 1928, the Chicago Tribune noted, “One of the most interesting features of the club schedule is the problem department, which, as its name indicates, is a symposium in which the problems of the community are discussed and often solved, following each meeting.” Photo of the club taken about 1915, and it is part of the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection at Chicago Public Library via Chicago Collections. #womenshistory#chicagohistory#chicago#chicagocollections
When it's your day off and the temperature makes it feel like July, you walk to the library to pick up your books on hold (plus a few more) and reward yourself with a Dairy Queen malt.
Image one: Holding my chocolate malt, the DQ logo facing the camera, in front of a neighbor's garden with yellow flowers.
Image two: My haul of six books from the library--(clockwise) The Complete Guide to Houseplants, Anne of Green Gables, A Novel Idea, Hidden History of Lincoln Park, Lost German Chicago, and Chicago's Polish Downtown.
I frequently pass by 1435 Astor and still shake my head in wonder. The former O.W. Meysenburg Mansion (1892, Thomas & Rapp - with a 1902 Henry Ives Cobb addition that matched in detailing and materials exactly the original for second owner David B. Jones) has gone from a single family home to apartments, to condominiums, and back to a single family (at 20,000 square feet, mind you) manse again. I remember the days when the gates were rusted and their hinges were pulling away from the columns - which were leaning precariously. The place had a dramatic decayed grandeur to it back then, but it’s heartening to see it restored. #chicagohistory#chicagoarchitecture
Beat the heat at @warwickmelrose with a hot offer for a cool stay! Enjoy a refreshing glass of complimentary Signature Warwick Melrose Lemonade at the landmark hotel when you book the 'Keep Cool Package' here: http://bit.ly/2fvAD80 🔆🍋🔆 Don't miss out on the tasty deal!
Sitting on the edge of Old Town, this building has long intrigued me. For the better part of 25 years, I've known it as the Ruben Salazar (Ruben Salazar Elementary Bilingual Education Center) School, and of course given the Italianette style of the building, I knew it had a history.
This is actually one of the city's oldest public school buildings. In 1881, members of the Board of Education determined that the city needed three high schools to accommodate the growing population of older students. At this corner: Wells and Wendell (then considered the city’s North Side), they built what was first known as North Division High School. School architect J.S. Ender designed the 3-1/2 story Italianate style high school, and it opened in September of 1883.
By 1899 the school was overcrowded, and the decision was made to close it and transfer their students elsewhere. (Incidentally, one of the basement rooms had been equipped for use as a manual training and woodworking room, making North Division one of the first vocational training schools in Chicago.) In 1902, the building reopened as Sexton Elementary School, named for James A. Sexton (1844–1899), an orphan who became a successful manufacturer. The building served as an elementary school for many years, and in 1964 Sexton also housed an Educational and Vocational Guidance Center.
The school’s elementary function ceased in 1966, and the building closed in 1974 for the second time. Four years later, it reopened as the Center for Urban Education (which is carved in granite above the main entrance, explaining that mystery to me), a planning, conference, and training facility for teachers and students. That same year, the Board of Education thoroughly rehabilitated the school. which was designated a Chicago landmark.
Salazar moved in in 1993, and continues healthily to this day. If you look closely, you will see one of the workmen who are in the process of replacing the school windows.
With so many school closings and the constant approval of demolition permits, it's heartening to see this bright spot, now literally right in my back yard. #chicagohistory
Built in 1929, pre-birth of the State of Israel, Anshe Emet Synagogue in historic Lakeview neighborhood is inscribed with longtime Jewish call to prayer: "If there's no Torah, there's no way to the land [of Israel]." @atlasobscura #chicagohistory#chicagoarchitecture
The Mister Kelly's team is thrilled to be working with the great Art Shay on our project, whose brilliant photography documented Chicago and American history in the twentieth century. #MiserKellys#ArtShay#chicago#chicagohistory
For our next #AskACurator video, we caught up with @tempestthazel, Director of the Chicago-based arts publication @fromthecenter and guest curator of the @dusablemuseum's upcoming #ArtDesignChicago exhibition “Holdings.” “Holdings” will challenge Chicagoans to consider the ways in which individuals, artists, and institutions collect, shape, and embody history. We asked Hazel: What does it mean to curate for a Chicago audience?
Watch the full video to learn more about “Holdings” and stay tuned next week for our last #AskACurator sneak peek! Link in profile.
Back in the late '90s, Aurora-based @montezdedurango helped create a new genre of music called "Duranguense" that fused traditional roots Mexican music with fast-paced '80s synthesizers. The result? Audience members invented a dance to go along with the music called the "pasito duranguense," a faster version of the polka-like "Norteño" with added hip and stomping movements. Check out that and other Chicago-invented dances on our site and Facebook page! #tbt#chicagohistory#dance#duranguense#pasitoduranguense