| 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...
| Apr 14, 2013
Greg Borzo believes, and rightly so, that much of our city's history "hides in plain sight."
There is, for instance, the small building in the accompanying photo, Borzo standing near it.
Sitting prominently at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hyde Park,...
| 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...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill famously coined the phrase "All politics is local," but for dedicated staff and volunteers at historical societies across the city and suburbs, so is all history.
They are the ones who keep the flame of the...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Until recently, the Vera Wang bridal shop in Singapore imposed a non-refundable $482 fee to try on dresses. And last month a health food retailer in Australia posted this notice on its door: “As of the first of February, this store will be...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...