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  • Preserve parkland that would be used for Obama library

    Carving off 20 or so acres from public parks (such as Washington Park and Jackson Park) for the Obama presidential library flies in the face of the guiding principle of Daniel Burnham: that land should be set aside for all the people and not a privileged few. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District commissioners (who are appointed and not elected by residents of the city of Chicago) are serving the privileged few. Especially on hot summer days, parks are the refuge for people without air-conditioning in crowded conditions.
  • The Plan of Chicago journey, so far

     The Plan of Chicago journey, so far
    "A century ago civic architect Daniel Burnham mapped a physical future for this city. He had intended to design social remedies as well but didn't deliver. Today, with education failures, joblessness, crime and other intertwined challenges confronting...

    A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston

    A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston
    How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility...

    Chicago Literary Club celebrates 140 years of intellectual pursuit

     Chicago Literary Club celebrates 140 years of intellectual pursuit
    "The Chicago Literary Club is neither literary nor a club. Discuss." So posits Bill Barnhart in a paper he prepared for presentation at the April 28 meeting of the club. The paper, titled "Clubbing," recounts the history of one of Chicago's august...

    Building a better Chicago starts with listening to the neighborhoods

    Building a better Chicago starts with listening to the neighborhoods
    Since October we've fielded more than 1,000 ideas from Tribune readers about how to build a better Chicago. The range of proposals is impressively diverse. But one luminous thread twists through essay after essay, as if many writers had secretly convened:...