The magnificent City of Chicago has a history that is equally magnificent. Visionaries journeyed to the shores of Lake Michigan because they believed it was a promise land of infinite possibilities. In the coming year, this column will research topics that explore what makes Chicago great. It will also investigate past events that keep Chi-town from growing and flourishing.
In the coming year, the remaining communities of Pullman, Roseland, Hegewisch, Riverdale and West Pullman will be explored. After these communities are investigated, Chicago history will have completed the series about Chicago’s 77 communities that began last year.
Chicago’s resources will be probed from the end of the Ice Age to the present. These natural resources enticed Native Americans and later European explorers to the Chicago area and enabled them to make a living here.
In the year ahead, businessmen, businesswomen and their companies will be chronicled from Chicago’s beginnings. Some helped build Chicago with their bare hands as they laid a foundation for businesses that followed. They shaped and reshaped the land to make it more hospitable for settlement. These heroes should be known.
Chicago’s exciting government will also be covered in the coming year. The positions the city’s leaders hold will be described so they can be understood. Hopefully, the government in Chicago will be described so it can seem less mysterious.
Happy New Year, Chicago history fans! May the Chicago history articles of 2013 inform, inspire and delight you.
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