The Chicago Alderman Who Outlawed Tall Hats and Tried to Outlaw Football

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1930 N. Cleveland, once home to Alderman Plotke [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

At 1930 N. Cleveland St, a white Italianate cottage (above) stands as an ornate link to Nathan Plotke, a mostly forgotten Chicago alderman and Illinois state legislator, who, in 1897 made national headlines with two articles of legislation.

He gained notoriety for his efforts to prohibit the wearing of tall hats in a theater, and later ridicule for his attempt to outlaw football in the city of Chicago. He was additionally remembered by his children for making an incorrect prediction about the Great Fire in 1871.

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Art Deco Redo

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Art Deco/Moderne re-do of a commercial corner on an 1895 residential building at 530 W. Armitage.


Stained Glass Tulips

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Dazzling stained glass tulips framed in green with Romanesque limestone surrounds at 1309 W. Ohio Street.


Neighbors Launch Preservation Push in Bronzeville: Save Our Stable!

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As we reported in September, a long-vacant building designed by Holabird and Roche in Bronzeville is facing imminent demolition. On Tuesday night, a group of stakeholders and neighbors gathered to discuss the history of the building and chart out a vision for its rehabilitation.

The permit was issued in late October; time is quickly running out. But with the help of Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois, the ad-hoc group has a plan and an online petition to save it.

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