Hidden History of Old Town

Hidden History of Old Town

by Shirley Baugher


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New York has Greenwich Village; New Orleans has its French Quarter; Paris has Montmartre. And Chicago has its own little piece of charm that rivals them all. Chicago has Old Town an oasis in the steel and stone heart of the city, an old-fashioned, do-it-yourself neighborhood beloved by artists and entrepreneurs as the perfect place to find a muse and raise a family. And while a casual, inobservant visitor can feel the magnetism of the place, lifelong residents may still be unaware of the hidden bits of history Old Town has drawn into itself. Until now.

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ISBN-13: 9781609492076
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Shirley Baugher has been an Old Towner for more than thirty years. Through the years, Shirley has served her adopted neighborhood as a volunteer for the various programs and activities of the Old Town Triangle Association and was president of that organization for three years. She wrote three books about Old Town, describing its history, its architecture and its famous (and near-famous) inhabitants. In 2006, she won a Landmarks Preservation award for her history of Old Town. In 2011, she was recognized by Mayor Richard M. Daley as one of Chicago's outstanding women during Women's History Month. Shirley came to Old Town from Evanston, a city almost as familiar to her as Old Town.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction. The Hidden History Tour Begins 15

1 The Story Begins, Way Up Yonder in the Cabbage Patch 23

2 Give Me That Old-Time Religion 30

3 There Is a Tavern in the Town: The Saloons and Breweries of Old Town 39

4 A Hot Time in Old Town: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 51

5 From Resting Place to Recreation Space 60

6 Hollywood by the Lake 67

7 Gay Old Town 75

8 Telephones, Technology and the Shady Ladies of Old Town 86

9 Leo Weissenborn, 1877-1967: Just an Ordinary (Old Town) Man 96

10 Extraordinary People 111

11 Wells Street, That Swell Street 143

12 The Haunting 154

Bibliography 167

Index 171

About the Author 175

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