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Apr 3, 2016

Real Skate Stories is STILL Active

I'm Still Here - Real Skate Stories

Hi there!

Just wanted to let you know that I’m still here and Real Skate Stories is still active.

I haven’t been posting because I’m a team of one, although I truly appreciate everyone sharing their stories and memories during my absence.

What’s Keeping Me Busy?

  1. Working on writing projects, promoting my blogging book through workshops.
  2. Seeking a PT social media marketing or community manager position.
  3. Visiting libraries, contacting museums and researching newspapers for more information on Chicago roller skating history with a goal of completing my book before the end of 2016.
  4. Presenting Chicago roller skating history at libraries, schools and senior living centers.
  5. Considering ways to make this site more interactive.

My Ask of You

Please keep sending people to the site to share their stories and memories.

Also, I STILL NEED PICTURES. If you have any images you’re willing to share, please contact me.

Thank you for your continued support.

Feb 15, 2016

Chicago Roller Skating History Presentations

Marcie Hill - America's #1 Historian on Chicago Roller Skating

Happy 2016 all! I know I’m waaaaay behind on this site but there’s a good reason for it. I have been compiling my roller skating information and conducting more research to complete my roller book this year.

I started researching in 2009 and I’m ready to bring this baby full circle.

In the meantime, though, I am presenting roller skating history to schools, community organizations and other interested audiences, especially  Baby Boomers.

I have two roller skating presentations coming up.

February 2016

Park Ridge Library
Chicago: The Roller Skating Capitol of the U.S.
20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.
Free for Park Ridge residents; $5.00 for non-residents

March 2016

Mathers Cafe

Rolling Down Memory Lane: Skating in Chicago
33 E. 83rd Street, Chicago, IL
Friday, March 11, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.

Feel free to stop through and make sure to bring others with you.

Dec 4, 2015

Check Out Chicago Roller Skater Calvin Small on “In the Loop”

It’s a great honor to share this video of veteran roller skater, Calvin Small, on “In the Loop”. He’s been skating for a half century and was one of my skate instructors.

Calvin Small - In The Loop
Click on the picture to watch him in action.


Image: In the Loop

Mar 26, 2015

Roll Down Memory Lane on Craig’s Lost Chicago

Craig's Lost Chicago

While looking for a particular roller rink in Chicago, I happened upon Craig’s Lost Chicago.

Included in his gone but not forgotten places of amusement in this city, there were quite a few pictures of roller skating rinks and rink stickers.

Fireside Roll-Arena

Oak Lawn Roller Rink

Visit the Craig’s Lost Chicago to go roll memory lane.


Images: Craig’s Lost Chicago

Feb 19, 2015

Seeking Information on Chicago Roller Derby History


If you have any articles, images or memories of roller derby history, particularly Chicago roller derby history, please share. For as huge as it was in its heyday, I’m having challenges finding information.

I did get a few responses to a previous article about roller derby in Chicago but I need more. All help is appreciated.

FYI – I haven’t given up on my site or my roller skating research. My attention is now on selling my book, 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger’s Block, which was published in January 2015. If you are a blogger or know other bloggers, be sure to purchase a copy when you get a chance.

As for my roller skating book, I have a goal completion date of 2015 but I need help with the research. If you know of any grants or sponsorship opportunities, please let me know.

Image: Bellasarah