| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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 3, 2012
| 9:32 PM
It would not be fitting to rename the Chicago Cultural Center for Maggie Daley. Though that seems to be the sentimental choice around town, the late, widely admired wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley is, at best, third on......
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:04 PM
Chicago has been very good to Erik Larson, even though it greeted his latest visit with a nasty rain and temperatures more common to November than to mid-May, which was why we were talking in the bar of his downtown hotel rather than wandering city...