Today the great City of Chicago celebrated its 175th birthday. The Chicago History Museum and the DuSable Museum honored this day with actors dressed as famous Chicagoans.
So what has happened in the past 175 years? Here are a few highlights that come to mind:
1866 Cook County Hospital Opens
Tunnels are built to draw “pure water” from the lake.
1868 Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes a pair of swans.
1869 The Chicago Water Tower was built.
1870 St. Ignatius University opens its doors. Today it is known as Loyola University.
1871 The Great Chicago Fire
1876 A baseball team wins the National League title.
That team will be eventually named The Chicago Cubs.
1878 A Chicago firehouse invented the first fire pole.
1882 The cable cars begin operation.
1893 The Columbian Exposition
1958 Our Lady of Angels Grade School Fire
1967 Chicago is hit with a blizzard that dumped 23 inches of snow on Chicago.
1968 Chicago Democratic Convention
1976 Mayor Richard J. Daley died.
1979 American Airlines Flight 191 crashes at O’Hare.
1981 Jane Byrne is elected mayor.
1983 Harold Washington is Chicago’s first black mayor.
1986 Chicago Bears win Super Bowl XX.
2005 White Sox win the World Series.
2010 Black Hawks win the Stanley Cup!