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I've lived in the Chicago area all my life but for the most part was ignorant about much of it's history and nuances. In 2012 I started exploring the cities history and neighborhoods. I'd take my camera places wander around and take photos and short videos.

The photos I've been posting on my Flickr photostream and the vidoes go to YouTube station ChiTownView. Which is mostly Chicago stuff; gangsters, Frank Lloyd Wright and other great Chicago architecture, neon signs and much more.

We also go off on tangents like tanks (?) more neon signs, New York and well just check it out for yourself.

Movies, TV and music have been a big part of my life.
Over the years I've made music in bands like Raw Noize & Captian Zero & the Radioactive Lovers. For more than a decade worked at Val's Halla Records where I built an Elvis shrine in an unused bathroom. Ending up in the early oughts selling online as Mikes Diggs. Now I mostly just dig it and share it.


A study of Chicago history with a focus on the period prior to the Second World War.
The above is a random collection of musical memories and influencers.
A musical scapbook of blasts from the past and performers I'm checking out nowadays.
My Al Capone Museum

The biggest site on Alphonse Capone and his era!

YouTube Playlists

Chicago Bluesfest 2018

Get the complete lowdown here.

Chicago Crime Now & Then
The Chicago Neon Tour
Forest & Oak Park
Las Vegas / Chicago's 2nd City
The Sinema
Chicago, Downtown "Da Loop"
SX-70 Photos
My Photography

Forgotten Chicago Forum

This is the official Forgotten Chicago Forum

Calumet 412


Chicago Eats
Neon Signs
Open Culture
Chicago Links
Calumet 412

A pictorial love letter to the city & people of Chicago

Craig's Lost Chicago

Visit Our Zazzle Shop


Chicago / South Side
Chicago / West Side
New York City
Chicago / North Side
America's Hidden History
MindsiMedia 2012's items Go to MindsiMedia 2012's photostream
Check Out My Flckr Photostream

Check out our Pandora stations like:

New Dead Stooges Radio

Icebox Radio

Flaming Velvet Earth Radio

Miles Gershwin Radio

James Gaye Stone Radio

Liquid Eno Radio

& many others.

Crime Scene
Misc. Links & Interests
20th Century Retro
We offer relics of the century past and this You Tube station is where you can find them.
The latest addition to MindsiMedia is a collection of classic 1950's crime films and TV. It's a blast! 
Another of our now deleted YouTube stations was SilkSpot which featured vintage stripper and other mature content type videos. Many with updated soundtracks Definatly NSFW sop by and visit our Too Hot For You Tube page.
Dangerous Minds

A YouTube Playlist Of

My Music Videos

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Movies & TV

My name is Mike Beyer and I'm basically a 20th century guy with not much use for our current millennium. So as our country slides backward I like to look back at the last century. Since 2005 MindsiMedia has been exploring some of what has caught my eye. It's an eccentric collection of the odd and the unusual with a strong Chicago point of view. So welcome to my web portal where you can connect with the various aspects of my little media empire.

I am a lifelong creator, collector and purveyor of images and sounds. Both stationary and those in motion. A cultural expolrer seeking to promote an interest in history and what it might teach us. Comments, questions, suggestions? Drop us a line via email.

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