A Look Back at the People and Events that Shaped Chicago Through the Vintage Tribune


Today is a momentous day in history for the city of Chicago. Today marks the anniversary of Super Bowl XXX for The Chicago Bears. It also commemorates the anniversary of the “Blizzard” which has brought record-breaking snowfalls and snowfalls to this famous city. The Vintage Chicago Tribune newsletter dedicated it’s previous issues to celebrating the significance of these events. A unique idea was presented by co-curator Marianne Mather when she suggested revisiting the wintry outdoor activities which were loved by many generations of Chicagoans. This research led to some breathtaking images by the Tribune archives.

With the snow falling and temperatures expected to drop less than freezing in the next few days it’s crucial to make the most of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Subscribe to The Chicago Tribune for $ per year for online access. In addition, you can follow us on Instagram at @vintagetribune to receive the latest news about our publication. Furthermore, tune-in to WLS-AM’s “The Steve Cochran Show” on Mondays at 7:30 am to hear about noteworthy events in Chicago’s history , with guests Visual Reporter Kori Rumore. Thanks for supporting us! Sign up to other newsletters, and engage in other puzzles and games. Additionally, you will receive an electronic version of the current newspaper.

Curling is a form of sport which first became popular in Chicago towards the start of the 20th century was the catalyst for the development of the Chicago Curling Club and is still in existence today. A photograph from Washington Park illustrating this new trend and the caption along with it read: “The man with the broom plays a most important part in the game. It’s his job to clear every second obstruction that blocks the way of the stone to ensure it is placed in an area that is one of the scoring zones.” Also youngsters could be observed skating in the South Pond.

In the past the beginning of skating season in the Chicago Park District has been welcomed with enthusiasm. People in the area loved winter sports such as skiing, skating on formal ice skating rinks or on lakes. The very first Chicago Ski Tournament took place at Soldier’s Field on February 2, an event that is significant. Eugene Wilson (a Minnesotan unemployed road worker aged 58) was the winner of the competition with his incredible -foot jump. The event became an event that marked the return of Midwest sports and ski competitions.

On January 1 The Men’s Two Mile Silver Skates Title Race at Garfield Park reached its halfway point with four leading skaters–James De Swarte Bill Carnduff, Al Perry and Chuck Edwards –as seen in the photo accompanying them. They weren’t able to place in the final event despite sitting at the forefront of the race. Del Lamb, from Milwaukee (as depicted by the arrow) won victory easily, moving up the ranks throughout the competition. The Chicago International Skating Competition attracted a lot of interest to speed skating, it is an incredibly recent sport. The Tribune reported that the inaugural World Championship was held there.

The Silver Skates Derbies, a race that was sponsored by Tribune, began to gain popularity when they began to attract large audiences to Chicago to race local events from the beginning . The report states that about , people were present at the time of Arthur Staff’s triumph at the inaugural Silver Skates tournament held at the Humboldt Park Lagoon in January . The event was further expanded when adding a boys division in and subsequently welcoming women in as well as girls into . This event has lasted for a long years, and continues to run today. additional details can be viewed by looking at more pictures. Cammi Granato was the Olympic medalist visited Highland Elementary School in Downers Grove on February 1st to display the school’s determination.

Learning Outcome

The Garfield Park speedkating competition of 1922 marked a turning point for the sport’s history. the sport. It earned international fame and notoriety. It was a fierce competition and Del Lamb, Milwaukee’s winner had a clear win. The event had also an influence on the speedskating the culture of Chicago as numerous skating organizations and clubs formed shortly after the event which further boosted the popularity of this sport throughout the city. It is still remembered fondly by many speedskaters as one of the great races of all time.