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  • Circle Interchange renamed in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne

    Circle Interchange renamed in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne
    Former Mayor Jane Byrne made a rare public appearance Friday as Chicago’s main confluence of major highways was renamed in her honor, a nod to her status as the only female ever elected to the city’s top political post.
  • Water Tower park to be renamed for Jane Byrne

    Water Tower park to be renamed for Jane Byrne
    The plaza where the old Chicago Water Tower sits is a place where residents and shoppers briskly walk through and where tourists stop to hop in horse-drawn carriages. But it holds a special place for Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane...

    Jane Byrne, Chicago's only female mayor, gets her due

    Jane Byrne, Chicago's only female mayor, gets her due
    Her mark on Chicago is here. Just not in writing. Yet. Her mark is visible most conspicuously on snowy days when city officials stand before television cameras with sweaty brows answering questions about crews and salt and overtime. It is visible up and...

    Literary Saloon: Dispatches from near and far

    Literary Saloon: Dispatches from near and far
    Here's another look into the rich trove of Chicago literature that makes its way regularly to my desk. Txtng Mama Txtng Baby by Esther Hershenhorn, Sleeping Bear Press, 16 pages, $8.99 "I have the heart of a Luddite," says Esther Hershenhorn, a highly...

    Marathon dug deep roots in Windy City and world marathon scene

    When locals and out-of-towners alike think “Chicago,” certain things inevitably come to mind – the Cubs, the Blackhawks, Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, Michael Jordan – the list of iconic images goes on and on. Since its debut,...