35 Things that Have Happened in Chicagoland During Blue Sky Builders’ 35 Years
As we close out another season building garages in the Chicagoland area, this year marks one slightly more special than the others. Announced earlier this year, we are celebrating our 35th Anniversary. Since 1979, we have proudly build garages for homeowners from Antioch to Oak Forest, with every city in between.
But to commemorate these 35 years, we would like to share with you 35 things that have happened in the Chicagoland area since 1979.
- 1979—The Great Blizzard of 1979 dumped 18.8 inches of snow on Chicago in two days
- 1979–Disco Demolition Night occurred on July 12, 1979 at Comiskey Park
- 1980—Taste of Chicago was Born on July 4, 1980 (source)
- 1980–Blues Brothers directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd released on June 20,1980.
- 1981—Illinois-born Ronald Reagan sworn in as 40th U.S. President on January 20, 1981
- 1981—Naperville Commemorates 150th Anniversary with Riverwalk
- 1983–Ameritech Mobile Communications (which became Cingular and then AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois
- 1984—Six Flags purchases Great America from Marriott Corporation
- 1986—Chicago Bears win Super Bowl XX
- 1986—MLB All Star Game held at Comiskey Park
- 1989—I-355 Commissioned from I-55 to I-290
- 1990—MLB All Star Game held at Wrigley Field
- 1991—Chicago Bulls begin three-peat, winning 61 games and sweeping Detroit in NBA finals
- 1992—Wayne’s World, featuring Aurora, Illinois, was released on February 14, 1992
- 1992—Chicago Bulls win NBA Championship
- 1993—Chicago Bulls win NBA Championship
- 1993—Aurora University Celebrates Centennial
- 1994—Chicago Wolves Begin Play in the IHL
- 1995—Navy Pier in Chicago, constructed in 1916 as a shipping terminal and then used for wartime navy and marine training and as a campus of the University of Illinois, is renovated and reopens with a giant Ferris Wheel, children’s museum, stage pavilion, and retail shops.
- 1996—Chicago Bulls win NBA Championship
- 1996—Area Code 630 Splits from 708
- 1997—The Field Museum of Natural History, outbidding museums throughout the United States, pays $8.4 million for Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil yet discovered.
- 1997—Chicago Bulls win NBA Championship
- 1998—Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood strikes out 20 against Houston Astros
- 1998—Chicago Bulls win NBA Championship
- 2005—Chicago White Sox win their third World Series, first in 88 years.
- 2005—Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opens
- 2006—Cloud Gate, more commonly known as The Bean, opens in Chicago’s Millennium Park
- 2006—City of Naperville Celebrates 175th Anniversary
- 2008—Then Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President.
- 2008—Carlos Zambrano throws no-hitter against Houston Astros
- 2009—Illinois native Barack Obama sworn in as 44th President of the United States
- 2010—Chicago Blackhawks win first Stanley Cup since 1961
- 2011—North Central College celebrates 150th Anniversary
- 2013—Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cup
These are just a few of the events that have shaped the area since we began. Learn more about our history at Blue Sky Builders, and see how you can be part of our growth in 2015 and beyond!