| Nov 2, 2012
| 3:44 PM
David Plowden's second-floor office in his Winnetka home is not the sanctuary that was his now-shuttered basement darkroom. It is more prone to distractions, but that is just one of the allowances that the celebrated 80-year-old photographer has made to...
| Aug 26, 2012
Joe Griffith thought he could get the better of Lake Michigan. In the late 1950s, the lifeguard tried four times to swim the 38 miles from Chicago to Michigan City, Ind. Through the years, he faced stomach cramps, indigestion, 15-foot waves, navigation...
| Mar 28, 2011
Michael Abramson, a photographer who spent much of his career in exotic climes and photographing well-known people but who gained his greatest fame and personal satisfaction from photos he shot of nightlife on Chicago's South Side during the 1970s, has...
| Sep 16, 2010
The old image of looking for a needle in a haystack doesn't even come close to the realities of modern life. Simply put, the world is drowning in data. Every item scanned at every grocery store, every keystroke made on every website, every transaction...
| Dec 22, 2011
Gene R. Summers, an architect and developer who undertook the first major renovation of the historic Biltmore Hotel, reviving interest in downtown Los Angeles and helping to spark its revitalization, has died. He was 83.
Summers, who retired to the...
| Oct 30, 2011
One of three brothers who built family business empire
Robert Pritzker, 85, a billionaire industrialist and one of three brothers who built the Pritzker family's business empire, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday in Chicago, said...
| Aug 16, 2010
| 1:11 PM
Imagine raising vegetables in an abandoned, four-story manufacturing building. And doing it without soil.
An old building once used to manufacture plows for farm fields is being transformed into a dirtless vertical farm where fish and lettuce are grown...
| 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.
| Dec 14, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger will perform selections from "The Phantom of the Opera" on a 25th anniversary celebratory telecast honoring the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical....
| Mar 27, 2012
| 4:32 PM
The Internet search giant Google picks modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for its latest logo-tweaking tribute....
| Jul 8, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Some people are incredulous when Ben Tolsky, 30, of Lincoln Park talks about his sport of choice: underwater hockey....