WIKIPEDIA: Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District is the oldest and one of the largest park districts in the United States. As of 2016, there are over 600 parks included in the Chicago Park District as well as 27 beaches, several boat harbors, two botanic conservatories, a zoo, and 11 museums. The Chicago Park District also has more than over 230 field houses, 78 public pools, and dozens of sports and recreational facilities, with year-round programming. The district is an independent taxing authority as defined by Illinois State Statute and is considered a separate (or “sister”) agency of the City of Chicago. The district’s general superintendent and CEO, Michael P. Kelly, was appointed by the mayor of Chicago and confirmed by the board of commissioners in 2011. The district’s headquarters are located in the Time-Life Building in the Streeterville neighborhood.

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Jun Fujita: Remembering a Forgotten Photographer of Chicago History

He took photographs of the Eastland disaster, the race riots, and every picture you’ve seen of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Jun Fujita was also the country’s first Japanese-American photojournalist.

Chicago Tonight unearths the buried legacy of the great photographer, and explores the multifaceted background of a man who was also a poet, a carpenter and visual artist.

BOOKS: ‘The Jungle’, by Upton Sinclair

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The Jungle is a 1906 novel by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. His primary purpose in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance socialism in the United States. However, most readers were more concerned with several passages exposing health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meat packing industry during the early 20th century, which greatly contributed to a public outcry which led to reforms including the Meat Inspection Act. Sinclair famously said of the public reaction, “I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”

Inside an indie: Making a film from scratch without a Hollywood budget

In the winter of 2014, I stood on a bridge in downtown Chicago surrounded by the flashing lights of police cars. It felt like it was negative a billion degrees, and my cop outfit didn’t provide much warmth. I also had blood dripping down my nose and was yelling at one of my oldest friends to step back from the edge while a dozen other cops pointed their weapons at him. Strangely, I was having fun.

CHICAGO: Wikipedia Meet-Up, January 26, 2019

Come join us for  Wikipedia Day 2019 Chicago, hosted in downtown Chicago by Wikimedians of Chicago User Group!

  • Date: Saturday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: The University of Illinois at Chicago Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607 USA, Room 1-470
  • Cost: Free, but please let us know if you can come below so we can know how much food to order!