The city of Chicago should be happy to celebrate today as an important day. Today marks the anniversary of Super Bowl XXX played by Chicago’s Chicago Bears. It also celebrates the th year of the “Blizzard” that delivered record-breaking snowfalls to the prominent city. It is the Vintage Chicago Tribune newsletter dedicated it’s previous issues to celebrating the significance of these events. Marianne Mather, co-curator of the newsletter of the Vintage Chicago Tribune offered a novel concept when she suggested the idea of revisiting winter outdoor events shared by the generations of Chicagoans. This investigation revealed some amazing images taken out of Tribune archives.

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In the middle in the past century, the sport of curling became popular in Chicago in the early 1900s, and the Chicago Curling Club later forming and still operating today. A photograph from Washington Park illustrating this new popular sport as well as the caption alongside it said: “The man with the bristles is the most crucial aspect of the game. The job of the broom is to clear any obstacle in the path of the stone so that it will be placed within one of the scoring zones. There were also children skating around the South Pond.

The beginning of Chicago Park District’s ice skating season was celebrated right from the beginning. Such winter activities as skating on ponds and lagoons, formal ice rinks, as well as skiing, were adored by locals. The very first Chicago Ski Tournament took place in Soldier’s Field on February 2 The event was particularly significant. Eugene Wilson, a -year unemployed roadworker from Minnesota, earned the victory thanks to his incredible -foot leap that marked the revival of ski jumping contests and ski culture in the Midwest throughout the beginning of the s and the s. To view pictures of this remarkable event, click the link provided.

In January The Men’s Two Mile Silver Skates Title Race at Garfield Park reached its halfway stage with four of the best skaters in the field–James De Swarte, Bill Carnduff, Al Perry and Chuck Edwards–as shown in the image accompanying the event. They did not manage to finish in the last event despite sitting at the top of the field. Del Lamb, from Milwaukee (as indicated by the Arrow), ultimately secured victory easily, as he climbed his ranks during the race. This international skating competition that was held in Chicago, brought great popularity to the yet-to-be-established speed skating sport. The initial World Championship in the sport was featured in The Tribune.

The Silver Skates Derbies, a race sponsored by Tribune, rapidly became popular after they initially attracted large crowds in Chicago during local competitions as early as . The report states that about thousands of people turned out at the time of Arthur Staff’s triumph at the very first Silver Skates tournament held at the Humboldt Park Lagoon in January . The competition further expanded by including a boys’ division the following years, and later welcoming women as well as girls into . This event has lasted for a long decades, and is continuing to be organized today; further details can be seen through the gallery of photos. A noteworthy example of its endurance is seen by Olympic medalist Cammi Granato’s visit at Highland Elementary School in Downers Grove in February .

The Learning Outcome

To conclude, the Garfield Park speedskating event of 1922 was a pivotal moment in the world of speed skating in that it gained huge fame and global recognition. It was a fierce competition with a number of winners. Del Lamb, Milwaukee’s winner, won easily. This race had a significant contribution to Chicago’s speed skating tradition. Many clubs and organizations were formed shortly afterward that further pushed the sport. Many speedskaters still remember it fondly as one of the great races in the history of the sport.

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