For nearly a decade, the website Forgotten Chicago has documented the city’s storied past through vivid historical photos, in-depth feature articles and even scheduled tours of overlooked Chicago sites.
For younger Chicagoans, the website opens a door to what seems like an entirely different city, where residents without indoor plumbing washed themselves in bath houses named after politicians.
Forgotten Chicago’s mission to “discover and document little known elements of Chicago’s infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods and general cityscape” resonates with its more than 75,000 Facebook followers, who are encouraged to submit content of their own.
The website’s co-founder and editor, Jacob Kaplan, joins host Phil Ponce on Thursday to share some interesting Chicago history.
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