| Jan 18, 2009
The cascade of extraordinary scenes will officially begin Tuesday, with the nation's first inauguration of an African American president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, in a city south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the oath of office is sworn on Abraham...
| 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...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 9:56 AM
The triumphant final chords of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto brought a storm of applause from the audience, assembled for the first public rehearsal and concert by Chicago's new orchestra. But the sense of triumph that pervaded the Chicago Auditorium...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 7:19 AM
For the fourth time, Montgomery Ward was entangled in a lawsuit over the destiny of the lakefront. For the fourth--and, as it turned out, the last--time, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld Ward's position. Grant Park must remain clear of buildings, 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.
| 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...
| Jul 11, 2004
Alex Piper and her husband, Jonathan, moved to Evanston four years ago for the same reasons many young families do: good schools, cozy neighborhoods, a short walk to a Lake Michigan beach, a fast commute to downtown Chicago.
"It was," she remembers,...
| Jun 12, 2014
Architecture in Chicago is no small thing. It stands more prominently in the public conscience than arguably any other American city. And now, regrettably, so does one sign.
The recent installation of nearly 20-foot-6-inch-high letters spelling "TRUMP"...
| Jun 15, 2014
We invite you or your organization to help craft a new Plan of Chicago. Our goal is to address the city's current challenges holistically, not one by one. Among them: violent crime, underperforming public schools, joblessness, troubled families,...
| Jun 15, 2014
Chicago has been under consideration as a host for the 2017 America's Cup regatta, one of the world's premier sporting events, since winter, said Don Wilson Jr., who is leading Chicago's host committee.
"This winter, we were contacted by the America's...
| 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...