Buildings of the Chicago University, Chicago. Metallurgical Laboratory in the university campus. Eckhart Hall in the foreground. Ryerson Hall Physical Laboratory in the background. A man comes out from the entrance to Ekhart Hall. Lettering 'Eckhart Hall' above the entrance.
U.S. Army soldiers at a baseball game in Yokohama Park Stadium, Japan, during postwar occupation following World War II. The stadium had been renamed and a sign on it reads "Lou Gehrig Stadium." U.S. soldiers enter the ball park to watch the baseball game. A crowd of American soldiers in the stands. Baseball game in progress. First Lieutenant Don Pinciotti, assigned to ASCOM-C 8th Army Headquarters, as Athletic Officer in charge of all Recreational Activities, for USA troops in and around the Yokahama area, is seen playing as catcher and manager of the 8th Army Chicks. Japanese bat boys sit near the dugout. (Note: Pinciotti returned to the United States in August 1946 to complete his studies at the University of Dayton, where he also played football and made All-Ohio and Catholic All-American in 1946. He graduated in June 1947. Prior to graduation, he signed a contract to play professional football with the Detroit Lions and after graduation, he signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox.)
Buildings, bridges and monuments of historical importance in Chicago, Illinois. View of bridges over the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. In the Wacker historic district, close-up view of the Heald Square Monument featuring George Washington, Robert Morris, and Haym Salomon. Lion sculpture and entrance area of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tourists viewing displays and artwork inside the Art Institute. Exterior view of the Museum of Science and Industry. People entering the museum. A woman with her woman in a stroller or pram, drags the stroller backwards up the steps of the museum.
Film opens with hazy aerial views of Chicago Illinois. Scene shifts to views from vehicle driving on Chicago highway. A road sign reads"Des Plaines River Rd exits 1/2 mile ahead." A Boeing 727 commercial airliner is seen overhead with wheels down as it descends to land. Some 1960s cars drive past. View back, of the airliner descending above the highway, and of truck and cars passing the camera vehicle. Overhead road sign reads "Chicago Downtown 15 Miles." View of the Chicago skyline of buildings on Lake Michigan waterfront. View from slow moving aircraft of the Wrigley Building; the Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River; and the Tribune Tower. Camera continues to pan to East and then at building with "United Insurance" written near its top. Camera then swirls downward to river and bridges directly below and then back up from street and down again, ending on avenue near building displaying two American flags.
Men walking towards the West Stands of Stagg Field, where the Institute for the Study of Metals, occupies the southern half of the abandoned stands. To the North, where the center of the building protrudes toward Ellis Avenue, is the squash court area in which the famous Chicago Pile number 1 was built, and achieved controlled, sustained nuclear fission, on December 2, 1942. Scene shifts to different area where a sign reads: "5655, Institute for the Study of Metals, Delivery Entrance." Scene shifts again, to Dr. Enrico Fermi and two assistants in front of a facsimile of the Chicago Pile 1. One assistant holds a simulated "control rod" that he "withdraws" from from the pile, while Dr. Fermi glances at a geiger counter and makes notes in a book. This is repeated for several takes, including one taken much closer. Dr.Fermi and his assistant smile as they take these actions. The second assistant, sits at a desk, where a slide rule is visible, and makes notes in a book. A large geiger counter is seen with lights flashing. Above the lights the counter is labeled "Interpolation," and the numbers: 1,2,4,16, and 32 appear above the lights, respectively. Dr. Fermi is then seen in another part of the lab, where he is making adjustments on some unseen device and annotating a book. Piping of various sizes is seen in background. He repeats these actions a number of times for the camera.
American aviator Howard Hughes at an airfield in Chicago Illinois. Hughes poses in front of his parked, rented Northrop Gamma 2G (NR13761), as he prepares to set a new flight speed record from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. Men stand nearby. Airport terminal buildings in the background. Hughes boards the airplane. Hughes in the cockpit of the Northrop Gamma 2G aircraft. Several men stand near the airplane. The airplane taxis and takes off and in flight overhead. It reached Los Angeles in 8 hours and 10 minutes, setting a new speed record for east-to-west flight between Chicago and Los Angeles.