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The old Water Pumping Station was saved from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 by a group of men who wet down several canvas ship sails and covered the building with them to blunt the fire's effect. The Pumping Station and the Water Tower across the street were 2 of the few structures in the path of the fire which survived.

Very impressionable to public art, Michael poses before the 1998 Hubertus von der Goltz sculpture "The Crossing," just north of Chicago's Loop on LaSalle Street.

Michael embodies a unique and remarkable blend of riveting performer and serious scholar and weaves together fascinating stories of the city's architecture, art treasures, and movie locations with hilarious tales of its colorful past.



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