175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago
Chicago (Zbigniew Bzdak / July 1, 2011)
1995: Heat wave kills hundreds.
1996: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin dies.
1996: Museum of Contemporary Art's new building opens.
1997: Orchestra Hall renovated, renamed Symphony Center.
1997: Studs Terkel retires from WFMT radio after 45 years.
1997: Field Museum buys fossils for T-Rex named Sue for $8 million.
1998: First season for Chicago Fire soccer team.
1999: City implements 3-1-1 system.
1999: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum opens.
2000: T. rex named Sue on exhibit at Field Museum.
2000: Goodman Theatre opens new Loop building.
2001: Boeing moves headquarters to Chicago.
2002: Former Chicago gang member Jose Padilla arrested at O'Hare in terrorism case.
2003: Mayor Richard M. Daley shuts down Meigs Field.
2004: Millennium Park opens.
2005: White Sox win first World Series in 88 years.
2006: Immigration reform rally draws up to 100,000 to Loop.
2007: Bears reach Super Bowl but lose to Colts.
2008: First Chicagoan elected president: Barack Obama holds Grant Park victory rally.
2009: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is impeached and tossed out of office.
2010: Blackhawks win Stanley Cup.
2011: Rahm Emanuel elected mayor.
2012: Chicago prepares to host its most important global meetings ever — G-8 and NATO summits.
Editor's note: What did we leave out? We're sure there are significant events we have omitted. Send ideas for our Chicago timeline to Stephan Benzkofer at email@example.com. Please keep in mind this is a Chicago-specific list, not a Chicagoland celebration. We'll blow those candles out another time.
Sources: Tribune archives, Encyclopedia of Chicago online; "History of Chicago," by Alfred Theodore Andreas; "The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History," by Libby Hill; Chicago Public Library online and dozens of websites of Chicago institutions.