February Travelogue: Belgium and Luxembourg

The next travelogue in our 2017 Winter Series is tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at 1pm in Chicago Cultural Center’s Renaissance Room to hear Ralph Danielsen’s presentation on Belgium and Luxembourg. More information about the talk can be found below:

“Belgium & Luxembourg are a perfect microcosm of the best of Europe, with a long history right up to and especially including last century’s world wars.

We’ll visit some of these battle sights and somber monuments, as well as the world’s most beautiful town squares, marvelous medieval towns, imposing castles, ancient art, and dramatic architecture. Highlights include EU capital Brussels, Bastogne, and bewitching Bruges.”

We will see you there!

December Travelogue invites you to explore Holiday Time in Chicago

Macy’s window, Chicago, IL, 2012. Photo credit: Judith K. Bock.

The holidays in December and January are special times for celebrations and sharing time with family and friends. Many of our ethnic and religious customs transcend cultural boundaries and have become annual events, creating a magical time of year in Chicago.

Presenter Judy Bock will offer a look at the origins of some of our holiday traditions and how Chicagoans celebrate them today.
Join us as we celebrate the season – Chicago Style!
Refreshments will be served.
1 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington Street

Use Randolph Street Entrance. There is no cost for attending the presentation.

Tuesday News and Links

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  • Join us and the DePaul Geography Department on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5:30- 7:30 at the DePaul University Student Center (2250 N Sheffield, Room 220), as we screen The Illinois Geographical Society’s documentary “Remembering Jewish Lawndale.” This documentary is the first in the Giants of Geography Series which feature prominent Illinois Geographers of today. The film highlights Dr. Irving Cutler – former Geography Chair at Chicago State University – and his work with Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood and its Jewish past. After the screening, we will have a Question and Answer session with Dr. Cutler and the producers of the documentary. Refreshments will be provided. GSC Members, DePaul students, Facility, staff: FREE. Non GSC Members: $10 at the door.
  • 40 Maps that Explain the World. Great if you have an hour or two (or three) to kill.
  • Check out these amazing photos of Saturn’s insane hexagonal hurricane.
  • And finally… 13 Picture of Goats on Cliffs.

Quote from last week’s New York Times Magazine Cover Story on Chicago’s Housing Crisis

“We’re not like Detroit, cordoning off sections of the city,” Benet Haller, Chicago’s principal adviser for planning and design, told me. “But we are like London or Jakarta, with a hyperdense core — a zone of affluence — and something else beyond.” What the housing crisis has revealed, in stark relief, is a Chicago that already looks increasingly like this vision of a ring city, with the moneyed elite residing within the glow of that jewel-like core and the largely ethnic poor and working-class relegated to the peripheries, the banlieues.

…which is an observation that was previously illustrated and elucidated on this blog.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.