| May 9, 2014
"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...
| 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...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Dec 16, 2011
| 8:58 AM
Hotel Burnham possesses an Old World style and grace that could put any modern-day skyscraper to shame. Designed by Daniel Burnham's firm and completed in 1895, the former Reliance Building is considered a predecessor to the skyscrapers of today with...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Chicago officials on Thursday continued the time-honored tradition of imprinting the city’s public buildings with the names of former leaders, dedicating the Richard M. Daley public library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood.
It could be the...
| Jan 8, 2012
As Chicago waits for the latest renovation plans for Navy Pier, it is safe to say that whatever is unveiled, it won't be any wackier than what the pier already has seen in its 95 years.
Navy Pier has been an entertainment venue, a university, a naval...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 7:01 PM
Navy Pier is in store for a makeover, and the changes could be dramatic.
On Tuesday, five teams of celebrated designers from Chicago and around the world will begin to unveil competing plans for remaking the public spaces of Illinois' most popular...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:03 PM
"America's Great Railroad Stations"
Despite the best efforts of numerous government officials and agencies, American train travel is not what it used to be. That's the bad news.
The good news is that there still are many people out there who...
| May 28, 2012
Holly Agra tilts her head upward, letting sunlight settle on her face.
She stills her fingers from fiddling with her iPhone. She gazes at the bridges and the current of the river, relishing the vista from the deck of Chicago's Leading Lady, the biggest...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving playgrounds to the front of the line for the Chicago Park District’s limited construction money, with other big-ticket projects like new fieldhouses moving back in the queue.
For the mayor, it’s about getting the...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Until recently, the Vera Wang bridal shop in Singapore imposed a non-refundable $482 fee to try on dresses. And last month a health food retailer in Australia posted this notice on its door: “As of the first of February, this store will be...