| 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 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...
| Feb 6, 2013
Diagraming sentences, it's fair to say, lacks the magic to stir men's blood.
A documentary about diagraming sentences? Well, that's a horse of a different color.
Minnesota couple David and Elizabeth O'Brien have big love and big plans for the...
| Dec 17, 2012
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work." — Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)
Those inspired words by the architect who created urban...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:07 AM
Give the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events this much: It listened to what Chicagoans said they wanted in a Cultural Plan and wrote it down.
And then wrote some more.
Released Monday, the Cultural Plan's 48 pages...
| Oct 18, 2012
Barack Obama was more assertive and combative in the second presidential debate Tuesday, but the inspiring orator of 2008 still had trouble painting a vivid picture of what his second term will look like. He wants to strengthen manufacturing and promote...
| 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...
| May 15, 2012
| 4:34 AM
Glenview officials on Saturday will dedicate a plaque to commemorate the village’s first home to be designated a local historic landmark. Laurie Weber, who owns …...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Frances Coleman Powell traveled widely during her long life, bringing back fond memories of places that remain well off the beaten path. “When we talked …...
| 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.