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Homebrew Harvest 2015

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The first week of October Julie and I co-hosted with Todd the 4th Annual Homebrew Harvest. This year the weather was a little colder than usual and we dealt with a little rain. The beer was some of the best and the turnout was probably a largest yet.

A good time had by all.
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Science and Industry Museum: U-505

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Last week Julie and I finally made it out to the Science and Industry Museum primarily to see the captured German submarine U-505. We got to the museum first thing in the morning so we missed much of the school tour rush. We were able to tour the sub with only two other people which I think made all the difference.

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One of the reasons the capture of U-505 was kept secret until after Germany surrendered was due to the capture of a working Enigma Machine.


This is video from the capture of U-505 on June 4th, 1944 (two days before D-Day).


This is video of U-505 being relocated from it’s original place outside the museum to it’s current indoor exhibit.

The rest of the Science & Industry Museum
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In addition to the submarine, the Science & Industry Museum has a German Junkers Stuka Dive Bomber, one of only two still in existence. A somewhat related piece of transportation history is the Apollo 8 Command Module which would have never made it to space without the German Scientists that were secrelty relocated to the United States after the war during Operation Paperclip.

CAF: Open House Chicago – 2014

Edgewater Beach Apartments
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Last Saturday Julie and I took advantage of the Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s Open House Chicago and made it to six locations. Once again the weather was pretty rough but we had a mapped out plan and kept moving.

We started at the Edgewater Beach Apartments on the far Northside of the city. The building was completed in 1928 as part of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. The building has been well maintained and has many of the original features including the indoor pool.

Polish General Consulate
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We had to make an appointment for our next stop at the Polish General Consulate Chicago. The Consulate is housed in one of the seven remaining Lake Shore Drive mansions.

The Allerton Hotel’s Tip Top Tap
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The Allerton Hotel’s Tip Top Tap room was probably the only disappointment of the day. The Tip Top Tap used to be a lounge but is currently just an event space. The views aren’t that good because of how the windows are situated and other than that, it’s simply an empty room.

The Blackstone Hotel
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The Blackstone Hotel had opened their Presidential Suite which has actually been used by many a President over the years.

Hilton Chicago (Formerly the Stevens Hotel)
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The Hilton Chicago Hotel, which was originally the Stevens Hotel, opened one of their two Imperial Suites for the tour. The suite is located on the top of the Hotel with views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park.

Cliff Dwellers Club
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The Cliff Dwellers Club is located on the top of the Borg Warner Building on Michigan Avenue. The club has a roof deck patio that looks out over Grant Park.

Side Notes:
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*  With Julie’s CAF Membership we were able to access the Member’s Only sites as well as skip all of the lines at any sites.  This is really key if you’re trying to make a day of Open House Chicago.
** Julie’s photographs are here.