| Oct 13, 2013
Who can participate
Whatever your role in the metropolitan area, we invite you or your organization to help craft a new Plan of Chicago. This is the Tribune's RFP, a request for your proposals to address the intertwined problems this series of...
| Oct 13, 2013
When faced with daunting social and economic challenges, those of us in and around public policy have a duty to respond using the best assets at our disposal.
Last Sunday, the Tribune used its best assets — powerful rhetoric, passionate commitment...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 1:37 AM
Back when I lived in Chicago's West Lakeview neighborhood, practically in the shadow of the Gothic steeple of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 1429 W. Wellington Ave., it was easy to spot the disconnect between the ever-more-lavish private homes going...
| Apr 30, 2011
April 4, 1989: Elected mayor over Timothy Evans with 55.4 percent of the vote.
April 24, 1989: Inaugurated as Chicago's 45th mayor, Daley pledges in his inaugural address to justify voters' confidence in his "common sense" style of leadership. He also...
| Apr 30, 2011
Because I cover the conflict-ridden fields of architecture and urban planning, I've had more than my share of memorable run-ins — er, moments — with Mayor Richard Daley. None was more revealing than the interview that former Tribune reporter...
| 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...
| Nov 27, 2010
Last year the main branch of Joliet Public Library completed a three-year renovation that modernized an institution steeped in the past. The building was constructed in 1903 by Daniel Burnham and was redesigned in 1991 to double its size. Both the '91...
| 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...
| 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...