Showing posts with label Other Stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Other Stuff. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Publicity This Week

A few days ago, I was interviewed in Chicago Journal, a neighborhood paper serving the Near West and Near South sides. You can read the interview here.

I will also be on the radio program "Outside the Loop" this Friday on WLUW, 88.7 FM. The program starts at 6:00 p.m., though I'm not sure what time my segment will air.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

South Loop Tour Next Weekend

Readers who are interested in visiting famous crime scenes in the South Loop will want to mark their calendars for this FREE event. I'm planning to go; so should you!

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 1:00 P.M.
Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State Street

Take the Reggie's Rock Bus for a tour around the South Loop and see the stomping grounds of Al Capone, the Levee District and the Everleigh Club. See where the Chicago Blackhawks once called home ice, where Jimi Hendrix and the Doors played shows, the Bucket of Blood, Satan's Mile, the site of the Fort Dearborn Massacre, where Geraldo Rivera thought the Al Capone treasure was hidden, and much, much more.

The tour is FREE and everyone is welcome to come back to Reggie's Rock Club afterward to enjoy great food and drink specials.

Bring your heavy rockin' attitude and open mind for this tour!

For more information, call (312) 243-2684.

Hat tip to James Skakolski.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Footnote on Street Numbering

This is not really a crime scene, but relevant for Chicago historical research. Although Chicago 's city planners developed the city on an orderly grid of streets, the naming and numbering of those streets was haphazard until the 1880s. There were many cases of multiple streets with the same name, streets that changed name between blocks, and the numbering system was idiosyncratic to each street.

In the 1880s, North-South streets on the Southside were renumbered according to the street numbers. For example, 5200 S. Blackstone would be located at the corner of Blackstone and 52nd St. Later, in 1909, Northside streets were uniformly numbered as well. Finally, in 1911, State and Madison was declared the "origin" -- the zero North/South and zero East/West point -- for the city, and Loop streets were renumbered as well. This numbering system, developed and tirelessly lobbied for by Edward P. Brennan, remains today, making Chicago perhaps the easiest large city in the U.S. to navigate.

The photo above is at 915 N. Dearborn. Before 1909, this property would have been numbered 285 Dearborn, and the remains of that old number are still visible.

A directory of the 1909 and 1911 changes can be found through the Chicago Historical Society here (1909) and here (1911). Changes to street names can be found here.