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Remembering the Little Giant of the Loop

While Lincoln Village Theater may have been Oscar Brotman’s greatest gift to Hollywood Park, it was far from his greatest gift to Chicago. Lincoln Village Theater was just one in a multifaceted chain of Brotman-Sherman movie theaters. They had art houses (Carnegie, Cinema); drive-ins (Oasis); historic icons (Portage, Tivoli, Aragon); modern conveniences (Hillside), and, in […]

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Cubs Heaven

The ivy is from Wrigley Field. So are the box seats. Ditto the dugout bench. Ditto the sod. Ditto the pavers. It doesn’t get more real, unless you’re actually at Wrigley Field. But I wasn’t. I was on a walking tour of the Bohemian National Cemetery. When you’re walking past rows of monuments in sombre grays and […]

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What we remember

As regular readers of this blog know, I grew up in Chicago on North Central Park Avenue across from the grounds of the Municipal TB Sanitarium. Entirely hidden by a border of towering trees and overgrown shrubs, the TB Sanitarium was such a mysterious place I barely noticed the other large, fenced-in parcel of land in the neighborhood. The signs on […]

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A Garden Grows in Chicago

It’s been a long time since anyone has seen a community garden on the corner of Peterson and Campbell avenues. Nearly seventy years, in fact. For four growing seasons, 1942 to 1945, this corner was part of a WWII victory garden. Descendants of horticulturalist Pehr S. Peterson owned the lot and donated use of it […]

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Smelt Fishing in Chicago

Unlike Richard Brautigan, who learned about trout fishing in America as a child, I was an adult when I first heard about smelt fishing in Chicago. It was 1979, a spring evening of course, and I was walking along the bike path north of Irving Park Road. At dusk I arrived at what looked like […]

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Another Taste of Chicago

  Recently I discovered Chicago now has a public food market at the suburban concourse of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, the block bordered by Clinton, Canal, Washington and Randolph. While the Chicago French Market is no Reading Terminal Market and not even the L.A. Central Market, it’s ours, it’s wonderful and it’s open seven six days a week. […]

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Forbidden Places–Epilogue

As mentioned earlier, I uncovered the history of Chicago’s Municipal TB Sanitarium but learned little about the purpose it served. Guest blogger Dr. Gilberto Gonzalez, a retired general surgeon, offered to fill in the blanks for me. Dr. Gonzalez trained at Mercy Hospital in Chicago for three years, the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium for one year (1961-62) and […]

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Two blogs I follow have posts up on old Chicago movie theaters. They’re worth checking out. Inside Stories from a Hollywood Outlier Blueprint In addition to the theaters mentioned in these blogs, I also remember, not for their architectural significance, but for the movies they screened, the Davis, Edens, Old Orchard, Lincoln Village, 400 (was that the name–on Sheridan?), […]

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