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  • Martin Luther King Jr. brought the fight to Chicago

    Martin Luther King Jr. brought the fight to Chicago
    Two years before his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rented an apartment in Chicago. At the time, blacks and whites here lived lives as firmly separated as in the Deep South, where his civil rights crusade had begun. African-Americans faced violent mobs if they tried moving into white neighborhoods and were refused service at Loop restaurants. Gerrymandering of school boundaries kept the public schools segregated.
  • Sharon Tate-Megan Draper 'Mad Men' theory lights up the Internet

    Sharon Tate-Megan Draper 'Mad Men' theory lights up the Internet
    Is Megan Draper morphing into Sharon Tate? That's the conspiracy theory currently lighting up the Internet, thanks mostly to a T-shirt worn by Don Draper's lovely second wife in Sunday's episode, "The Better Half." “Mad Men” viewers are...

    The 'Night Stalker' and the best of true-crime cinema

    The 'Night Stalker' and the best of true-crime cinema
    The strange saga of Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the "Night Stalker," who died Friday, had all the earmarks of a grungy low-budget thriller come to life. With his random, sensationalistic crimes, his startling capture by an angry mob and...

    Jon Anderson, 1936-2014

    Jon Anderson, 1936-2014
    Jon Anderson, an unflappable Canadian with a shock of white hair, a patrician demeanor and a cheerful facility in French, quickly stood out in 1970s-era Chicago newsrooms marked by chain-smoking reporters, clacking typewriters, hurled invectives and...

    175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago

    175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago
    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. Some events...