| Aug 8, 2013
By Jessica Reynolds Citing outdated infrastructure and accident-prone sections of roadway, city and state officials are planning a redesign of North Lake Shore Drive. The project, explained thoroughly in this piece by Tribune transportation reporter Jon...
| 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.
| Jul 5, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Don't look now, but Maryland's state insect is fluttering away.
The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly, named for the state's founding Calvert family, has dwindled to just a handful of places, mostly in Western Maryland. Experts worry that the butterfly,...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Chicago’s largest museums are offering many free days to Illinois residents this month, with most of them following up with more free days in February.
The free days are the result of a revision of a state law regarding the Chicago Park District...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:54 AM
Despite the so-so economy, attendance at Chicago's museums and zoos, held steady last year.
Overall attendance at 14 area institutions was 14.4 million, virtually identical to the 2010 totals, according to the group Museums Work for Chicago.
| Oct 2, 2012
| 12:08 PM
By no means am I a confrontational person. I don’t get in random arguments with people over a perceived slight or social faux pas. Like most, I’m a fan of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where Larry makes it his...
| Jun 23, 2012
| 7:40 AM
A 14-year-old boy was killed and 13 other people were wounded by gunfire across the city Friday night into Saturday morning, including a gang-related shooting near the Lincoln Park Zoo, authorities said.
Antonio Davis, of the 8000 block of South Eberhart...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:06 PM
Let's pretend for a moment that you're raising your kids the way people did in the olden days, before traveling taekwondo clubs and chess club championships and daylong birthday parties at paintball shooting ranges.
In other words, let's pretend you'...
| Mar 30, 2011
The paintings in Philip Enquist’s exhibit—mostly excerpts from his personal travel journals—show a softer side to one of Chicago’s best-known architects....
| Apr 5, 2011
Stinkeye the bearded dragon and Leu the sinaloan milk snake were only two of about 30 animal attendees at the monthly meeting of the Herpetological Society, which aims to help dispel myths about cold-blooded creatures....