Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
June 21: Ye Olde Libations: The Classic Bars of Old Town (walking tour)
July 19: Taverns & Tales: A Literary Pub Crawl (trolley tour)
August 16: Lincoln Park Ale Trail (walking tour)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
POSITION: Editor in Chief for The Next American City magazine
Position Type: Full-time, permanent staff position
Position Location: Philadelphia, PA
Anticipated Start Date: August/September 2007
Position Summary: The Next American City is a non-profit magazine for and by the next generation of urban thinkers, leaders, and activists. We offer a fresh perspective on the people, projects and policies that are shaping the future of America's cities and suburbs. In five years, The Next American City has grown from a few urban professionals with an idea into a magazine with a national presence. The magazine and other related initiatives focus on socially and environmentally sustainable approaches to economic growth.
We are seeking an Editor in Chief with vision, enthusiasm, management abilities, and a grasp of urban affairs to grow our magazine.
The position demands strong leadership and excellent editing and interpersonal skills. The EIC will have an active role as the public face of the magazine and will be the sole full-time editorial staff. He/she will work closely with magazine staff to redevelop The Next American City's online presence, and to plan and produce online content. Where possible, the EIC will work with writers and volunteers, to develop, pitch and place op-eds based on magazine content in major newspapers and on radio.
- Develop and manage departmental budget, editorial calendar and long-term editorial plan.
- Manage paid and volunteer editorial staff, freelancers and interns to write, edit, fact check, coordinate and produce all magazine content.
- Provide overall editorial planning and execution ensuring accuracy and clarity of content.
- Solicit pitches and interact with writers to produce high-quality manuscripts to deadline and within a small editorial budget.
- Collaborate with Art Director in the development of content design to ensure consistency and appropriateness of magazine's design.
- Oversee house style guide and ensure adherence to house style by all freelancers.
- Work with business staff to provide input and support for The Next American City's related initiatives and projects and coordinate in-house content for magazine.
- Coordinate with business staff on marketing and promotion of magazine and Web site.
- Professional print journalism experience.
- B.A. or greater in English or related field.
- Proven background in effective team leadership and management, budgeting, project management, multi-tasking, organization.
- Demonstrated track record in high-quality editing, rewriting, and writing for a broad, popular audience.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe InDesign 2 is essential.
- Knowledge of urban issues, planning, and related fields necessary.
Compensation: Current position salary is in the mid-40s and we expect a similar salary range for the successful candidate. Comprehensive medical/dental/vision and holiday/vacation packages.
To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, clips and salary requirements to email@example.com or to Michelle Kuly, Publisher, The Next American City, PO Box 42627, Philadelphia, PA 19101. No calls please. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 30th.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
For anyone who needs A Cook's Guide fix, author Marilyn Pocius has a new, not-Chicago-specific website, acooksguide.com, devoted to helping turn your kitchen into a workshop of worldly cuisine.
"On May 1, 1897, Louise Luetgert disappeared. Although no body was found, Chicago police arrested her husband Adolph, the owner of a large sausage factory, and charged him with her murder. The eyes of the world were still on Chicago following the success of the World's Columbian Exposition, and the Luetgert case, with its missing victim, once-prosperous suspect, and all manner of gruesome theories regarding the disposal of the corpse, turned into one of the first media-fueled celebrity trials in American history.
Newspapers fought one another for scoops, people across the country claimed to have seen the missing woman alive, and each new clue led to fresh rounds of speculation about the crime. Meanwhile, sausage sales plummeted nationwide as rumors circulated that Luetgert had destroyed his wife's body in one of his factory's meat grinders.
In this narrative history of the Luetgert case, Robert Loerzel brings 1890s Chicago vividly back to life. He examines not only the trial itself but also the police department and forensic specialists investigating the case, the reporters scrambling for details, and the wider society who followed their stories so voraciously.
Weaving in strange-but-true subplots involving hypnotists, palmreaders, English con-artists, bullied witnesses, and insane-asylum bodysnatchers, Alchemy of Bones is more than just a true crime narrative; it is a grand, sprawling portrait of a city-and a nation-getting an early taste of the dark, chaotic twentieth century."And the ghostly side of things, from Ursula Bielski's More Chicago Haunts: Scenes from Myth and Memory:
"When, in 1897, Chicago sausage mogul Adolph Luetgert was convicted of murdering his wife, Louisa, and sentenced to life imprisonment at Joliet State Penitentiary, the word on the streets was that Louisa’s scheming husband had, according to an evil children’s rhyme, 'made sausage out of his wife.'
Adolph’s methods weren’t quite as extreme, however, as the city’s nose-diving sausage sales suggested. Louisa did enter her husband’s sausage factory in one piece on the night of May 1, 1897, never to be seen whole again. But the job Adolph did on his bride was a private affair, discovered by determined detectives—not unsuspecting diners.
That spring before Louisa’s disappearance, heated arguments had for months cut through the neighborhood surrounding the Luetgert house, near Hermitage and Diversey Avenues. Brash and unembarrassed, the words between the Luetgerts made clear the couple’s trouble: Louisa’s niece, Mary Siemering, had come to work for the Luetgerts as a housekeeper. Demure and darling, she had captured the fancy of the man of the house, and Louisa was on to their trysts. Friends and relatives of Louisa were alarmed then when one morning Louisa was simply gone. She had, without notice, decided to take a trip to visit an aunt in Kenosha. Or so Adolph explained.
Wasting little time, friends of the absentee housewife besieged police, laying their unease on the table, backing up their fear with frank tales of the Luetgerts’ marriage woes. Well aware of the couple’s instability, the law latched on.
Gaining access to Adolph’s sausage works, detectives soon discovered two gold rings in a 12-foot-long potash vat, one of them inscribed with the initials L.L. Fragments of a human skull were tediously removed from the smokestack, from which an anonymous witness had seen smoke pouring on the night of Louisa’s disappearance, even though the factory had been closed for some two months due to reorganization. Circumstantial evidence piled high enough to suffocate Adolph Luetgert, who was arrested within the week and taken to a holding cell in the east Chicago Avenue police station to await trial.
No witnesses testified to Luetgert’s guilt; still, the rings, the unidentified but obvious remains, and the ready tools of death in the shape of meat saws, furnaces, and boiling vats convinced all but one jury member of Adolph’s evil deed. The jury was dismissed and Luetgert was retried a second time. The has-been meatmaker was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, despite the fact that Louisa’s body had never been found.
Adolph Luetgart spent a scant two years in prison, but what years they were. From his cell far south of his old factory, he wailed through the days and nights, crying for release, claiming his innocence. Inmates believed in Luetgert’s guilt, convinced that Louisa’s spirit was incarcerated with him—taunting him, terrorizing him. Relatives and other visitors who witnessed Luetgert’s scenes became convinced of the truth of this tale—but not Adolph’s defense attorney, Lawrence Harmon. Harmon was determined to prove that Luetgert was innocent of his wife’s murder; to this end, he spent thousands of dollars of his own savings in his personal hunt for the “lost” Louisa. Ultimately, he entered an insane asylum. Luetgert himself died at the turn of the century, haunted to death, they say, by his vengeful wife.
After Adolph’s passing, rumors arose that Louisa’s ghost had returned to the couple’s home adjoining the sausage factory on Chicago’s North Side. There, the new owner would catch frequent glimpses of her standing by the mantel in the parlor. Legend says that he was so annoyed with this pesky boarder that he actually had the house removed from the site, relocating it to a lot on Marshfield Avenue. After the house was gone, Louisa began appearing to security guards in the old sausage factory next door, where she would wander between the basement incinerator and the vat where her rings had been found by police. When, in 1902, the factory burned down in a freak fire, Louisa actually moved again—this time back to her old house, now on Marshfield. Frustrated by the phantom’s return, the owner sought to placate Louisa by moving the building a second time, back near its original spot at Diversey and Hermitage, in order to give the ghost some peace and, hopefully, get rid of her for good.
She’s still there.
The author was alerted to the Luetgert hauntings by Dylan Clearfield’s Chicagoland Ghosts. An engaging account of the murder itself can be found in Richard Lindberg’s Return to the Scene of the Crime."
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Meet our authors at the Lake Claremont Press booth (DD1) at on Dearborn, just north of Polk, at this weekend's Printers Row Book Fair:
Saturday, June 9
Arnie Bernstein, author of three Lake Claremont titles: Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago & the Movies; The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections; and "The Movies Are": Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews & Essays, 1920–1928.
Ursula Bielski, author of Chicago Haunts, More Chicago Haunts, Creepy Chicago, and co-author of Graveyards of Chicago
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Karen Hanson, author of our latest release, Today's Chicago Blues
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Christopher Lynch, Chicago's Midway Airport: The First Seventy-Five Years
Sunday, June 10
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Ted Okuda, co-author of The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television and co-author of the forthcoming book Chicago TV Horror Movies Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie
Mark Yurkiw, co-author of the forthcoming Lake Claremont Press title Chicago TV Horror Movies Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie
Kathie Bergquist, co-author of A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian Chicago
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Joseph Schwieterman, The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Jack Mulqueen, co-author of The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television
And on the Good Eating Stage...
Sunday, June 10