| Mar 18, 2013
When Chicago's Rev. Addie Wyatt died last year at 88, I wrote that she was a dynamo in the labor, civil and women's rights movements. That was a mere snapshot.
On Saturday, an exhibit of her life will open at the Chicago Public Library's Vivian G. Harsh...
| Mar 4, 2013
Last week, I enjoyed joining a lunch discussion with a few dozen community leaders who were interested in education, volunteerism, and the community. The goal of the lunch was to brainstorm ways together to inspire students, parents and policy-makers to...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The main scenic elements for "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence," the latest in a sudden string of intense Chicago productions aiming to engage us in the crisis of youth violence, have a distinct resemblance to the Crown Fountain in...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir that essentially legitimized cartooning as a literary form, will kick off this year's Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 8, as winner of the Chicago Public Library's Harold...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:25 PM
When I started reading Anchee Min's latest memoir, "The Cooked Seed," I presumed there would be many commonalities between her life journey in America and mine.
We both emigrated from Shanghai — Min came over to the United States as a student in...
| Feb 25, 2013
National science fairs, spelling bees and spoken word contests seem to get their share of attention. But over the next few days, schools in the Chicago area will host a less-heralded competition — their history fairs, with students hoping to win and...
| May 8, 2013
| 2:20 PM
When Trib Nation put out the call to people interested in violence and why it has festered in Chicago, we found immediate and strong interest.
Readers wanted to join the conversation. So did the heads of organizations, victim advocates, people who...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 4:23 PM
I am a vocal proponent of having a library card. Obviously, books are awesome, but in addition to having loads of reading material at your fingertips, at the Chicago Public Library you also have movies, music, museum passes and more accessible to you. I...
| 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.
| Mar 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
To help “eliminate barriers” for its patrons, the Oak Park Public Library has begun issuing library cards with no expiration dates. In the past, cardholders …...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Evanston’s new public library director says that the city’s library should be the third most important place for citizens, after work and home, or school …...