Historian John R. Schmidt explores hidden Chicago landmarks: the Balbo Column

Justin Kaufmann and Historian John R. Schmidt in front of the Balbo Column, Chicago, August 2019

In this Extension 720 series, Chicago historian John R. Schmidt takes us on a tour of Chicago’s “Hidden Chicago Landmarks.” Tonight, John and Justin get out of the WGN studio to learn more about the Balbo Column. John tells us about the history of the Balbo Column, what caused Chicago to go “Balbo crazy,” why Benito Mussolini sent the Balbo Column to Chicago and why the monument remains in Chicago despite being tied to a Fascist regime.

This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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