city: chicago

robert taylor homes (former)

from open mike eagle, brick body kids still daydream posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

Open Mike Eagle's 2017 record Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is a concept album about the high-rise Robert Taylor Homes on the South Side of Chicago where he lived until he was 13.

Robert Taylor Homes were built in the early 1960s as public housing, and life there, ruled by gang violence and drugs, was bleak. The last of the buildings was demolished in 2007 to be replaced by residential homes.

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the corner

from common posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

It might not be the corner, but Chicago native Common kicks a verse or two on the corner of S Evans and E 79th in the video for 'The Corner' off his 2005 album Be.

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the murder castle

from chicago world’s fair, serial killers posted in history by pete_nice

Owner and operator of a drug store at this intersection, Dr. H. H. Holmes bought the adjacent lot and proceeded to construct a mammoth building. The three-story building had a 162' x 50' footprint, and was dubbed "The Castle" in the neighborhood. Holmes named it "The World's Fair Hotel", and it served as a hotel during the World's Columbian Exposition (aka The Chicago World's Fair) in 1893.

Holmes constructed a variety of rooms with the intent of killing his boarders, and carried out numerous murders in "The Murder Castle." He sold the skeletons of his victims to medical schools, while stealing the belongings of the deceased.

The "Murder Castle" was burned from the inside by arsonists in 1895, but the building survived and remained in use until it was torn down in 1938.

The story was retold in Erik Larsen's book The Devil and the White City, and an adaption of this work by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio is in production.

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ambassador east hotel

from travels with charley, john steinbeck posted in literature by nevereatshreddedwheat

I think I am well and favorably known at the Ambassador East, but this need not apply when I arrive in wrinkled hunting clothes, unshaven and lightly crusted with the dirt of travel and bleary-eyed from driving most of the night.

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

The Ambassador East was sold in 2010, renovated and reopened as the Public Chicago Hotel.

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electrical audio

from steve albini posted in music by pete_nice

Former Big Black frontman and legendary producer Steve Albini founded the Electrical Audio studio in the mid-90s. Studio space and sound engineering are available for booking.

This studio was featured in the first episode of Sonic Highways.

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