History in the Chicago Loop

400 South Wells Street

Adel Daoud Attempts to Bomb Cal's Liquors

Chris Meadows, a bartender at Cal's Liquors at 400 South Wells Street in the Loop Chicago, was smoking a cigarette outside at about 8:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, September 14, 2012, when a veritable swarm of undercover agents told him to leave the scene.  

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30 North Michigan Avenue

Leopold & Loeb - A Critical Clue

Nathan Leopold had been suffering from headaches, so he visited an optometrist named Emil Deutsch at 30 North Michigan Avenue, who prescribed a pair of reading glasses for him.  Leopold purchased the glasses, which had a patented hinge connecting the earpiece and the nosepiece.  The New York company that manufactured the hinge had only one Chicago distributor - Almer Coe & Co.

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Northwest corner of Lasalle and Madison streets

Leopold & Loeb - Leopold is Questioned

State's Attorney Robert Crowe questioned Nathan Leopold at the Lasalle Hotel at the Northwest corner of Lasalle and Madison streets on May 29, 1924, about the pair of glasses that linked Leopold to the murder of Bobby Franks.  Leopold maintained that the glasses had fallen out of his suit pocket while he was on one of his "birding" expeditions.  

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History in the Chicago Loop

70 North Wabash Avenue

First Ever National Men's Bowling Tournament

Chicago was a bowling hotspot in the early 20th century.  The American Bowling Congress held its first ever national men's tournament in the Welsbach Building at 70 North Wabash Avenue in January 1901.  Forty-one teams from nine states bowled for turkeys during four days of competition.  Chicago was "one of the nation's leading bowling centers," according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago.  

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Ontario Street and Michigan Avenue

Ogden Park

Ogden Park at Ontario Street and Michigan Avenue was the venue for about half of the games played by the 1870 Chicago White Stockings, the predecessors of today’s Chicago Cubs.  The other half of the team’s games, typically against “national” teams, were played at the Dexter Park race track. The following season, the White Sox joined the National Association Of Professional Base-Ball Players and moved to the Union Base-Ball Grounds.

area bounded by michigan avenue on the west, randolph street on the north, and washington street on the south

The Union Base-Ball Grounds

The Union Base-Ball Grounds, also known as White Stocking Park, was the venue for the home games played by the 1871 Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs).  The field was located on present-day Grant Park in the area bounded by Michigan Avenue on the west, Randolph Street on the north, and Washington Street on the south.  The ball park burned in the great Chicago Fire after the first season, and the team was homeless for the next two years. 

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History in the Chicago Loop

Wabash Avenue and Lake Street

1977 Loop Train Derailment

Eleven people were killed and more than 180 injured when two Chicago CTA trains collided in the Loop neighborhood, causing the first four cars of the rear train to derail and fall to the street below just before 5:30 p.m. on February 4, 1977, in what was the worst accident in CTA history.

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24-28 West Randolph Street

Iroquois Theater

The single deadliest building fire in U.S. history claimed 602 lives at the Iroquois Theater at 24-28 West Randolph Street on December 30, 1903.  The fire, which was caused by an electrical shorting, prompted the reform and creation of a new set of fire codes and safety measures for theaters all over the country and even some cities in Europe.  

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Northeastern corner of LaSalle and Madison Streets

LaSalle Hotel Fire

On June 5, 1946, a raging fire at the stately, luxurious, and upscale LaSalle Hotel, at the northeastern corner of LaSalle and Madison Streets, claimed the lives of 61 people, including numerous children and one of the firefighters.  The 23-story hotel was erected in 1909 and trumpeted as the most modern hotel in the country outside of New York City.  

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LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard

Wingfoot Air Express Crash

Thirteen people were killed outright and 27 were injured when an airship caught fire and crashed through the glass roof of the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank building at LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard on July 21, 1919, in what was the worst dirigible disaster in U.S. history up to that point.  The Wingfoot Air Express was transporting passengers from Grant Park to the White City amusement park on the South Side when the balloon ignited around 4:55 p.m.

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