Why “Chicagoland”

WBEZ’s Curious City looks into “Chicagoland,” the term, its origins, purpose, and definition—its boundaries. Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. “Colonel” McCormick commissioned James O’Donnell Bennett to write a series of Chicago region travel articles. That’s how the word made its first appearance nearly 100 years ago in the July 27, 1926 edition of the Chicago Tribune. … Read more

Colosseum, Meta Sudans, and the Arch of Constantine in Rome

Colosseum, Meta Sudans, and the Arch of Constantine in Rome, around the last decade of the 19th Century or turn of the 20th Century (“[The Colisuem (sic) and Meta Sudans, Rome, Italy]” Photograph. Detroit, Mich: Detroit Publishing Co., c1890-c1900. From Library of Congress: Photochrome Prints. https://loc.gov/​pictures/​resource/​ppmsc.06599/)

The Meta Sudans … was a large monumental conical fountain in ancient Rome.


The ruins of Meta Sudans survived until the 20th century. In 1936 Benito Mussolini had its remains wantonly demolished and paved over to make room for the new traffic circle around the Colosseum. A commemorative plaque was set in the road.

“Meta Sudans,” Wikipedia