| May 2, 2014
| 1:26 PM
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:...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Survey modern Chicago — its abundant natural resources, its muscular skyline and powerhouse institutions — and you might conclude that the city was destined to rank among the world's elite.
Not necessarily. Chicago is an engine powered by...
| Jan 24, 2014
On the occasion of its 40 years in publishing, Chicago Review Press recently bought itself an anniversary present: Academy Chicago Publishers, one of the city's oldest independent publishers.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Jan 26, 2014
More than a century ago, civic architect Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago helped set this city on course to grow and thrive. Burnham understood the power of big ideas to fire the imagination, to dial up the civic flame and create a city of prosperity and,...
| Feb 2, 2014
Chicago's heart-stopping lakefront, thrumming Loop and brawny riverfront did not happen by accident or sheer luck.
This city rose from swamp to global elite because people — including famed architect Daniel Burnham and a legion of politicians,...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Chicago’s most important long-term asset is its young people. While Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago boldly transformed the physical landscape of Chicago, it fell short in terms of mobilizing our human capital. This can change. Chicago can and...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama made official today that $70 million in federal money will be heading to Chicago to help create a manufacturing innovation hub.
Speaking from the White House, Obama lauded the newest hubs that are being created in...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Imagine city leaders surveying Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871, a landscape of ash and ruin. Their task, as daunting as it must have been exhilarating: Build the city again, from the husk of what was. Build it better.
Thirty-eight years later,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 11:00 AM
When, in the 1920s, the pioneering Southern California social critic Louis Adamic called Los Angeles "the enormous village," he didn't mean it as a compliment. Rather, he was referring to L.A.'s insularity, its status as what Richard Meltzer would later...
| Oct 6, 2013
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...
| Nov 24, 2013
To our readers:
In a series of editorials over the past two months, the Chicago Tribune called for the creation of a new Plan of Chicago to address the city's interconnected challenges in a holistic way. And we asked you to help us.
Our goal is to...