How Chicago Gained a Park and a Strip Mall, but Lost a College

A recent series of articles in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the fact that much of Chicago lacks adequate parks and greenspace.  One way to deal with that problem is through the creation of pocket parks.  One such park exists along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Mautene Court (1260 North Milwaukee Avenue) is unfortunately mostly paved, but it’s at least a small chunk of public space slightly away from the noise and commotion...

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Where Bohemians Go To Die

I recently had an opportunity to take a tour through Chicago’s Bohemian National Cemetery (5255 North Pulaski Road) in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood.  While not as popular as Graceland Cemetery, this one is certainly worth a visit.  Highlights include: The main entrance, which is a city landmark. Tomb of Anton Cermak, the Austro-Hungarian mayor of Chicago who took a bullet for FDR in Miami. The columbarium. The Tomáš...

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