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December
23
December
23

The “Zen Master”

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December 23 marks the anniversary of two milestones for Phil Jackson, the Chicago Bulls’ head coach from 1989 to 1998. Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, in 1945 and went to high school in North Dakota, where he was a multisport athlete. He played basketball for the University of North Dakota and in 1967 More

    December
    22
    December
    22

    A Reminder of a Tragic Fire

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    On December 22, 1910, one of the greatest disasters to strike an American fire department took place in Chicago. Around 4:00 a.m. that day, a night watchman noticed black smoke pouring out of the six-story Nelson Morris meatpacking company’s Beef Plant No. 7 in the Stockyards District. Several fire companies rushed to the scene, and More

      December
      19
      December
      19

      Mary Livermore & the Great Northwestern Fair

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      On December 19, 1820, Mary Livermore was born in Boston, where she spent her early years working in a secondary school. She, her husband Daniel, and their family planned to move to Kansas in 1857 with other abolitionists, intending to secure it as a free state, but their daughter became sick and the family decided More

        December
        18
        December
        18

        A Chicago Holiday Tradition

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        The Marshall Field & Co. department store (now Macy’s) has always gone big for the holidays, and in 2020, things will continue with the 113th annual Great Tree, the fifty-third annual animated holiday windows, and the forty-two trumpets along State Street. Along with the decor, a visit to their Walnut Room is normally part of More

          December
          17
          December
          17

          Stepping Stones to Suffrage

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          In December 1869, the Territory of Wyoming passed the first women’s suffrage law in the US, forty-four years before Illinois women would be granted limited suffrage in June 1913 to vote for local offices and in presidential elections—the first steps on the path to a national amendment. Suffragists faced serious opposition, but without the vote, More

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