Category Archives: Architecture

Day 307: Perry Farm

Now I know that this isn’t exactly in Chicago, but it’s close enough to where you can drive.  This is a restored horse barn located at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais IL (also known as “Bear”bonnais as the Chicago Bears hold … Continue reading

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Day 305: Blue Chicago

Located at 536 N. Clark St,  Blue Chicago offers an authentic blues club experience. This River North establishment features local Chicago blues bands along with the best female blues voices in the city.

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Day 304: HDR

Since I got my new Nikon I have been experimenting with the use of HDR and thought I would showcase some of my photos. So, November is HDR month…Each day in November I’ll feature a photo that is done in HDR. … Continue reading

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Day 302: Cook County Hospital

Once the country’s largest hospital, Old Cook County, an impressive 1912 Beaux-Arts structure, became familiar to millions of Americans as the setting for numerous films and TV programs including “The Fugitive” and “ER”. The facility was long the primary source of health … Continue reading

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Day 301: Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery, on Chicago’s north side, came about thanks to the closure of the old Chicago City Cemetery around 1870. This earlier burial ground was removed after fears of epidemics and water contamination convinced city leaders that it should be … Continue reading

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Day 300: Oriental Theater

The Iroquois Theater in Chicago was completed in November of 1903. The opening night play starred Eddie Foy in a musical called Mr. Bluebeard. Attendance was poor at the play until an afternoon matinee on December 30th when the house … Continue reading

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Day 299: The Congress Plaza Hotel

Once owned by Al Capone, who lived in suite 800, the Congress Plaza Hotel has an eerie reputation for being haunted . The first annual Chicago Ghost Conference was held at this haunted hotel at the end of October, 2007. … Continue reading

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Day 298: Liars

                    Brad and Barry Klinge, the founders of Texas-based Everyday Paranormal, bring their team to the Liar’s Club, during season 1 episode 3 of Ghost Lab that aired on October 20, … Continue reading

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Day 296: Harpo Studios

In the early 1900s, the Harpo building was Chicago’s Second Regiment Armory. After the Eastland steamer capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, the armory was used as a temporary morgue for victims of the disaster. Today, some say the Harpo building … Continue reading

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Day 295: Biograph Theater

This historic 1914 brick building, designed by architect Samuel N. Cowen, originally was known as The Biograph Theater, and was one of at least four movie theaters which opened in Chicago during 1910-1914. It had a large stage and auditorium, … Continue reading

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