Chicagoans also had front-row seats for both the pivotal events that have shaped conventions and the surrounding excitement: from the open-air speeches and torchlight parades of Lincoln's era, to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's landmark convention acceptance speech, to the first nationally televised conventions in 1952 and the tumultuous demonstrations of 1968.
Both Republicans and Democrats favored Chicago as a convention site in the early to mid-1900s.. Franklin Roosevelt received the Democratic nomination there three times Republicans chose the city to nominate William Taft twice. (CHS)
Al Capone - Chicago Black Sox - A Century of Progress - Chicago Fire
The World's Columbian Exposition - Parades, Protests and Politics
The Pullman Era - The Stockyards
Fort Dearborn (Coming Soon!)
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