Crossing Randolph at Dearborn, 1956, Chicago.

Crossing Randolph at Dearborn, 1956, Chicago.

44th and State, 1941, Chicago. Edwin Rosskam

via Shorpy

44th and State, 1941, Chicago. Edwin Rosskam

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I recently had the pleasure of taking a private tour of the Palmer House with their Director of PR, Ken Price, the famed hotel’s 29-year-resident historian.

Ken not only is a wealth of knowledge on the Palmer House, which has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States, but he also knows virtually EVERYTHING about Chicago history. Ken’s enthusiasm is infectious.

Included in the tour was the Palmer House History Museum, housing artifacts and memorabilia, some dating back 180 years to the birth of our city. 

I was also given unfettered access to areas not often visited by the general public, including The Empire Room, the Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room and the kitchens.

The good news is that you too can take this tour through a special luncheon offered at the hotel called, History is Hott!!. It is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:15pm. 

For more information, please visit: http://palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/events/history-is-hott/

I highly recommend a visit with Ken!

I recently had the pleasure of taking a private tour of the Palmer House with their Director of PR, Ken Price, the famed hotel’s 29-year-resident historian.

Ken not only is a wealth of knowledge on the Palmer House, which has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States, but he also knows virtually EVERYTHING about Chicago history. Ken’s enthusiasm is infectious.

Included in the tour was the Palmer House History Museum, housing artifacts and memorabilia, some dating back 180 years to the birth of our city.

I was also given unfettered access to areas not often visited by the general public, including The Empire Room, the Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room and the kitchens.

The good news is that you too can take this tour through a special luncheon offered at the hotel called, History is Hott!!. It is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:15pm.

For more information, please visit: http://palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/events/history-is-hott/

I highly recommend a visit with Ken!

Looking south west from N Michigan and Chestnut, 1965, Chicago.

Looking south west from N Michigan and Chestnut, 1965, Chicago.

White Trains, (Chicago), 1956, Chicago. Robert Frank

White Trains, (Chicago), 1956, Chicago. Robert Frank

Eleanor and Barbara, 1953, Chicago. Harry Callahan

Eleanor and Barbara, 1953, Chicago. Harry Callahan

Collage of Chicago neon, 1934, Chicago. George Miller

Collage of Chicago neon, 1934, Chicago. George Miller

Northbound bus on Sheridan, picking up passengers at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Sheridan and Berwyn, 1919, Chicago.

Northbound bus on Sheridan, picking up passengers at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, Sheridan and Berwyn, 1919, Chicago.

Oak and State, 1909, Chicago.

Oak and State, 1909, Chicago.

The Ingenues, All-Girl Jazz Band, 1928, Chicago.

The Ingenues were from Chicago and are said to be the inspiration for the Chicago all-girl band (including Marilyn Monroe) in the 1959 film, Some Like it Hot.

Dugan’s Bistro, 420 N Dearborn at Hubbard, opened in 1973, Chicago.

The premier gay (and mixed) club in Chicago, Bistro was disco heaven.

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Light on the South Side, 1975-1977, Michael Abramson

Over 2 years, Michael Abramson documented nightlife at several south side discos and clubs.

The book and accompanying vinyls are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Light-South-Side-Book-Vinyl/dp/B002PJ8AGA

Sad news for those of us of a certain generation: Frankie Knuckles (born, Francis Nicholls), the much beloved Godfather of House Music, passed away yesterday at the age of 59.

Frankie got his Chicago start at a disco at 206 S Jefferson, in the late 1970’s. It was here that he honed his skills, mixing acoustic disco with electronic music. It is often cited that the term “house music” got its name directly from the name of that dance club, The Warehouse.

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Comiskey Park, 1997, Chicago.
Happy Opening Day, everyone!

Comiskey Park, 1997, Chicago.

Happy Opening Day, everyone!

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.