SUNDAY, October 9 at 2:00 pm

"In Old Chicago"

Originally broadcast: October 9, 1944

What happens when you take the greatest city of the 19th Century, you add a compelling story of an Irish family trying to make their mark--one brother turns to defending the law, while the other turns to a life of crime. While bother faces off against brother the City of the Century continues to grow and thrive--creating a tangled web of politics and the underworld, greasing palms and calling in favors to establish power as well as law and order.Until... a cow.
Of course it's now been long proved that the O'Leary family and their legendary cow were actually not to blame for the fire that destroyed Chicago back in 1871. But in 1937 a movie came out that presented a completely fictional story of the O'Leary boys and their loving mother--"In Old Chicago", starring Tyrone Power, Don Ameche and Alice Faye--and how their fire against each other nearly took down the greatest city in the world.
Then, in October of 1944, the Lux Radio Theater revived this powerful tale to listening audiences around the world. Proving, like the city itself, you can't keep a good thing down. It will always come back.
And so today, October 9, 2016 we will bring back this classic story (albiet completely fictional, except that there was an O'Leary family who lived in the neighborhood at the time) and recreate it for you exactly as it aired, on the radio--with music, sound effects and giant flames.
And our show will occur exactly 145 years from the date of the actual fire.
So please join us for this historic moment as we remember one of the greatest tragedies in our modern history, and celebrate the City of the Century as we travel back, "In Old Chicago".

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Presents…

In Old Chicago

All performances at:

The Oak Park Arms
408 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is a radio troupe comprised of professional actors and voice-over artists and has been providing top-notch entertainment to Oak Park Arms residents and the near by community for 14 years.


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