In honor of Chicago’s 177th birthday, here’s a booklet from the 1933 World’s Fair "The Century of Progress". Due to the efforts of African-American educator Annie E. Oliver, Chicago’s first non-Native American settler, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, was represented at the fair with a special exhibit as well as a replica of his cabin.
The architecture firm of Holabird & Root designed two modern storefronts for Socatch Bakery and Walden Book Shop, which were located in their now demolished Michigan Square Building; Chicago; ca. 1930.
In honor of Casimir Pulaski Day, here’s a newspaper cartoon depicting the controversial renaming of Crawford Avenue. PWA president Emilia Napieralska had asked Mayor Edward Kelly to rename the street after the Revolutionary War hero, which Kelly did in 1933. Local opposition led to a legal battle that continued for 19 years until the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in favor of keeping the street name change.