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The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Even the Biggest Fire That Day

You’ve surely heard the story of the Great Chicago Fire (which wasn’t really started by a cow). Strangely though, the fire really wasn’t that big—at least when compared to many of the others that broke out on that same terrible night of October 8, 1871. The story you probably haven’t heard is how that 24-hour period [...]

A Day Trip to Chicago

What do you do with only one day in Chicago? My family recently went there for a biannual reunion that I explained in a similar post a few years ago. Since then, the families have grown by one husband (mine) and five stepchildren (although only the youngest goes to the reunions). With only one full [...]

Why Chicago Should Be Called Phoenix

In honor of our upcoming field trip to Chicago, we’re going to be posting some Chicago-centric stories. If you live in that part of the country, we’d love to meet you this weekend! by Christopher Zara This is the heroic tale of skyscrapers rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, and how they inspired change [...]