Mistaken Identities at the Eastland Morgues

Workers set up arc lights to continue searching for bodies on the night of July 24, 1915, when the Eastland capsized.From the Chicago Examiner of July 25, 1915 From the Chicago Journal of 7/26/1915.We’ll be posting many photos from defunct papers on Friday. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Eastland disaster, in which a badly-oversold boat Read More…

The Ghostly Nun Who Turned to Stone

Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days you follow a story about the Couch Tomb and up with a story about nuns who turned to stone, then allegedly came back from the dead to express anti-semitism. That’s life in Mysterious Chicago. An image of Mother Galway found in Holy Family Parish: Read More…

Why “the Windy City?”

Note: This article was first published Mar, 2013, and revised in Sept, 2017 – more newspapers are being digitized all the time, making searches for the term more fruitful!   One of the questions I get asked the most is “Why do they call Chicago the ‘windy city?’” And the truth is, I have no Read More…