A successful day for Chicago-area Boy Scouts was almost upended by a movie.
"The Boy Scout leaders did not mess up your movie!" This was the cry heard 'round Chicago's Hamilton Park 100 years ago today.
When Hollywood changed film stock in the late 1920s, makeup mogul Max Factor, who maintained an office in Chicago, helped save the day.
Would you protest if you weren't allowed to see movies on Sundays?
In the United States, movies and religion have virtually always been at odds. One early point of contention between the motion picture industry and religious people, mostly Protestants, comes in the form of blue laws.
If you owned a lavish new movie theatre during the Great Depression, how far would you go to sell a prison drama?
Picture it. It's 1930, and you have just purchased your 25-cent ticket to MGM’s new prison drama The Big House, now playing at Aurora’s brand-new Tivoli Theatre.
Many talented actresses hail from Chicago, but few have influenced me in both childhood and adulthood.
Today is International Women's Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
What can we learn from an old map about a suburban Chicago prison featured in dozens of popular movies and TV series?
Before embarking with me on your walking tour of Old Joliet Prison, take a look at this map from 1886 (click it to enlarge). Then, let’s see what we can learn from it.
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