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Sunday, July 14

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As President of the Chicago Historical Society, Lonnie Bunch has a unique view of Chicago. For him, the city is not merely a place with an interesting past, it's history in the making. Dave sat down with Lonnie to discuss Chicago's troublesome history of segregation, a massive artifact that isn't what historians of the past thought it was, and the incredible affection that Chicagoans have for their city.

Chicago's "revolutionary war chain" on display
at the 1921 Memorial Day Parade.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society.)

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About the Author(s)

David Elfving is a Chicago history buff and proprietor of Greasy Skillet.

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