Great Depression, 1930 ( Photo courtesy Chicago Herald and Examiner ) A young woman buys an apple from an unemployed veteran on South Wells Street in 1930. With the onset of the Great Depression, unemployment hit 25 percent nationally.
The 1892 Chicago "hotel" meticulously designed by serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes and later dubbed "Murder Castle." First floor retail (practical!) disguised a maze of hidden rooms, gas chambers and body chutes on the floors above. Blocks from the 1893 World's Fair, a steady stream of tourists and Holmes employees, mostly female, ended up in the basement with the crematory, dissection tables and acid vats. After his arrest in 1895, the hotel was burned to the ground, likely by the neighbors.