| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| Oct 16, 2013
"Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife."
-- John Dewey
Students and parents across Chicago have thoughtful concerns about their schools but often feel that they have no way to effect change within the Chicago...
| Nov 24, 2013
Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...
| Oct 13, 2013
In 1909, when Daniel Burnham issued his Plan of Chicago, city schools bustled with 300,000 children. Before the first day of school that year, the Tribune declared: "The children of all the world … the child of the tenements and the child of...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2013
For many people the defining moment in the Field Museum's recent history was the bid at a 1997 auction that made Chicago home to the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as Sue.
But that choice could have far less impact on the Field's future than another...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 6:20 PM
The Evanston City Council, stung by the public outcry over a proposal to convert a historic lakefront mansion into a private boutique hotel, will seek ways to solicit community input — and fundraising ideas — when creating a new plan for the...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
Thank you for the pieces of the thought-provoking series on A New Plan of Chicago that have been appearing on the Editorial, Commentary and Perspective pages and in the Voice of the People in the Tribune. I think that Jane Addams would be pleased to see...
| Dec 3, 2013
Parenting requires that there be an adult at home with integrity, a strong sense of personal boundaries, maturity and balance. Quite simply, parenting requires parents.
With both the civil and canon law supporting parents as the "primary educator of the...
| 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.