Chicago Standard Time

I’ve seen cities from Vancouver to India claim that they were the places where time zones were invented.  But the truth is that the first nation to divide itself into sections for the purpose of timekeeping was the United States.  And the city where the decision was made was Chicago.  We even have a plaque for it:

The Grand Pacific Hotel is long gone, but the Continental Bank Building is now officially the 208 South LaSalle Street Building, but is better known as the JW Marriott Hotel (151 West Adams Street).  Too bad there isn’t a clock at this location where one can set his watch.  It might even make a logical New Year’s Even countdown party location.  I wonder if the JW Marriott is having a party?

Author: Editor

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