Jim Gibbons Presents: Chicago's Yesteryear

  • When Feb 21, 2022 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM (US/Central / UTC-600)
  • Where Virtual on Zoom
  • Contact Phone 708-371-4090
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Meeting ID: 882 3659 4555
Passcode: Chicago

Chicago’s Yesteryear

The Chicagoland area is filled with memories of the past. They were fun times-- the International Amphitheatre hosting the Sportsman’s Show; Ringling Bro. and Barnum & Baily Circus; and the greatest event of the year, the Automobile Show! You might then stop for a great steak dinner at the Stockyard Inn right next door, or travel into the city to eat at The Berghoff or Won Kow’s.  

During the day, fun activities were in store for the entire family at the corner of Western and Belmont Avenues. Two Ton Baker would encourage your family to: “Come out today and laugh your troubles away at RIVERVIEW!”  You would ride The Bobs, visit Aladdin’s Castle, Shoot the Chutes, or have the floor drop right out from under you, being held up by centrifugal force riding The Rotor.    

You might decide to take the family to a first-run movie at the Woods, McVicker’s, or Michael Todd Theatre. Returning home, you turn on your television to the 10:00 news. You would first hear, “How do you do ladies and gentleman? I’m Fahey Flynn.” Into the broadcast, Flynn would turn to weatherman P.J. Hoff and ask him, “So what’s the outlook P.J?” P.J. would then show us the forecast and sketch a picture as well! Mayor Richard J. Daley respected Flynn so much that he often referred to him as, “Da Fahey!”  

You may also take a nice, relaxing vacation for the family and stay at the beautiful Edgewater Beach; The Drake; Blackstone; Conrad Hilton; or the Albert Pick Congress Hotel.

And last but not least, you may choose to visit Chicago’s showplace on the lake front, the new and totally fireproof, McCormick Place Convention Center and Arie Crown Theater.

Historian, Jim Gibbons, will bring back all the fun and excitement of the Chicagoland area past-- the theatres, museums, amusement parks, restaurants, local celebrities, television shows and much, much more!  Gibbons will show you that Frank Sinatra was right when he stated, “My kind of town, Chicago is!”

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