1962 Baseball Baedeker – Chicago (White Sox)

This is the second post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located. #1 – Baltimore (Orioles) #2…

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1962 Baseball Baedeker – Chicago (Cubs)

This is the second post (of 20) sharing the 1962 Baseball Baedeker guide to every city & team in Major League Baseball in existence at the time. The guide was designed to make it easier for players and travelers to know where hotels, restaurants and assorted other spots were located. #1 – Baltimore (Orioles) #2…

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Bagels and Yox

This is a flier for the number one entertainment for the American-Jewish people, “Bagels and Yox.” This particular run was to open on Sunday, May 11, 1952 at the Blackstone Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. I can’t find too much information on this particular run of the show. I did find a 1951 review of the…

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Barton Hotel Fire, Chicago, Illinois – February 12, 1955

WHAT: Hotel fire WHEN: February 12, 1955 WHERE: Chicago, Illinois FATALITIES: 29 HUMAN TORCH BLAMED FOR START OF FIRE At approximately 2 a.m. on the morning on February 12, 1955, C.W. Harvey, night manager of a  West Madison Street (Skid Row) flophouse called the Barton Hotel heard a commotion coming from the second floor of the 49 year-old hotel…

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Crystal Pistol – Chicago, Illinois

1452 N. Wells – Chicago – WH 4-9231 OLD TOWN’S AUTHENTIC WILD WEST SALOON Western Style Steak, home-made Chili, Steer Berger, Served by Our Pistol Packin Mamas! Featuring Largest Stein in Old Town – 12 oz. Entertainment Nightly The Crystal Pistol opened sometime in the 1960s as a sort of Old West burlesque saloon in…

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Frtizel’s – Chicago, Illinois

Fritzel’s was an incredibly popular place. For more than 30 years, the restaurant at 201 N. State Street in the Loop was the place to be seen. Friztel’s catered to the celebrity, politician, athlete and upper crust of society in and visiting Chicago. Famous sports names such as Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle would visit…

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Way Out, Man!

Mailed from Chicago, Illinois to Lyle Kline of Huron, South Dakota on November 28, 1959: Palos Park, Ill Friday Night Hi! We’re having a good regional council meeting, but I’d much rather be downtown – so many “big name” stars are in Chicago this week! Went to a “real cool” jazz place last night –…

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Greyhound Bus Station – Chicago, Illinois

The Greyhound Bus terminal, located at Clark and Randolph, was originally planned to open in the early 1940s. The land was purchased in 1941 for $2,250,000 but World War II interfered with the plans. In 1945, plans were started again in earnest. It was announced that when the new hub opened both of the Greyhound stops…

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There is Pep All The Time

Mailed from Chicago, Illinois to Mr. & Mrs. Burt Cedars of Kokomo, Indiana on August 26, 1940: Greetings! We are way up high! Went to the Brookfield Zoo yesterday – ’twas fun to see all the many animals and a bear fight! I may be home Wed, but am not sure. It is so cool…

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