Rush Street: The Place to be in 1950

Rush Street Sign

Rush Street is a narrow street stretching from the Chicago River (400 North) to Cedar Street (1138 North). Rush was named after Dr. Benjamin Rush, a famous Revolutionary War doctor. In the mid-twentieth century, Rush Street meant nightclubs. Chicago: Confidential! describes Rush Street in 1950: East of Clark Street is Rush Street. Clark gets the […]

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Discuss Part 6: The League of the Golden Key

What are your thoughts on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay? Part 6, “The League of the Golden Key,” is the final section of the novel. How did you feel at the end of the novel? What did you think of the various “golden keys” given to characters throughout the section, from the discovery […]

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Graphic? Memoirs With Pictures

Wheelchair

Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is her memoir of caring for her ailing parents, who in general do not think death will occur if it isn't talked about. Chast, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, combines text with graphics to tell the story of her parents' decline and its effect on her, their anxious, […]

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The Winner of the Greatest Ever Chicago Book

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The Chicago Reader has finally decided the winner of the Greatest Ever Chicago Book NCAA-style tournament and it is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson's history of the Great Migration beat out Studs Terkel's Working, a book about the lives of working people. It was a close race, however, with six judges selecting […]

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Trapped

Trapped

It's easy to feel trapped by circumstance. Something goes wrong in your personal life, and suddenly you have nowhere to go and there's nothing you can do about it. But books about people who were actually trapped can teach you how lucky you are. In 2010, reporters all over the world were enraptured by the story of 33 Chilean […]

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More Great Reads for Fans of Wolf Hall

Painting of Thomas Cromwell

Wolf Hall is everywhere lately, with adaptations of Hillary Mantel's prize-winning novels about Thomas Cromwell (Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies) on both PBS and Broadway. The third novel in the trilogy (reportedly to be titled The Mirror and the Light) has not yet been published, but fans of these addictive tales of court intrigue set during the reign […]

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Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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HiSet and TASC: Alternatives to the GED

Joining many other states throughout America, Illinois will begin to offer adults alternative choices to the GED to earn their high school equivalency diploma in 2016. These alternative exams will be the HiSet (High School Equivalency Exam) and the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The announcement comes in response to the huge amount of adults […]

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Harold Washington Plaque

Portrait of Harold Washington

Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American Mayor, was born on April 15, 1922 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. To mark his birthday, a plaque paying tribute to Harold Washington has just been placed at the library’s State Street entrance beneath the arch with his name carved in stone. A graduate of DuSable High School, Roosevelt College and Northwestern […]

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Guest Blog: Laura S. Washington on Mayor Harold Washington

Laura S Washington

As part of One Book, One Chicago, we're featuring a series of original essays titled Chicago Heroes: Real & Imagined! Each month through spring 2015, meet a local hero as introduced by a local author. Chicago authors will reflect on heroes from the past, present or even imagined in these new short essays. This essay is in […]

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