Chicago Tribune, May 3, 2014 — Chicago’s fastest, rudest bicyclists were called “scorchers.” They hunched over their handlebars as they raced in the streets. Read my story in the Chicago Tribune.
WBEZ’s Curious City, April 29, 2014 — No one knows who threw the bomb near Haymarket Square on the night of May 4, 1886. It’s one of Chicago’s most vexing unsolved mysteries. But there’s little question that this violent act had huge repercussions — not only in Chicago but around the world… Read — and hear — my… Continue reading After Haymarket: Anarchism on trial and a city in search of its soul
WBEZ’s Curious City, February 10, 2014 — Tracy Miller noticed something about Chicago when she moved here nine years ago. “I meet many people who say they are native Chicagoans,” she says. “It seems like there are more natives still residing here than in other cities I have lived in.” … Read — and hear… Continue reading Native numbers: How many Chicagoans were born in the city?
Chicago magazine, September 5, 2013 — The Hyperloop may be in the news now, but shuttles powered by a burst of air were supposed to be the future of transportation in Chicago a century ago… Read my story for Chicago magazine. Photo: Chicago Tribune archives
City marked 1871 fire with a party in 1903 — and it’s gearing up for another fest next year This article by Robert Loerzel was originally published in the Chicago Tribune on May 5, 2013. In a city where the history books are filled with calamities, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is the most… Continue reading Hot time in the old town again
WBEZ’s Curious City, April 30, 2013 — For a long time, Chicagoans were scared of Dunning. The very name “Dunning” gave them chills. People were afraid they would end up in that place… Read — and hear — my story for WBEZ’s Curious City. Chicago Daily News photo
The Huffington Post, March 5, 2013 — One of Chicago’s most famous City Council members, Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an “alderman’s star.” … Read my blog post for the Huffington Post. Photo from the Chicago History Museum’s blog
Time Out Chicago, April 3, 2012 — Historian Robert Loerzel digs through historical documents to find out just why the Cubs were once called the Microbes. Read the story at Time Out Chicago.
The Huffington Post, October 31, 2011 — It isn’t easy pinning down the details of a ghost story. Rumors and urban legends circulate, but how often do you read a firsthand account from someone who says they actually saw one of those supposedly famous ghosts? Read my blog post at the Huffington Post.
The Huffington Post, July 6, 2010 — Did the word puppeteer originate in Chicago? The evidence suggests that it did, although it’s never easy to close the book on any etymological investigation. Read my blog post at the Huffington Post.