Women of Terrible Virtue

Margaret Sanger came by her beliefs honestly. After watching her mother suffer through nearly 20 pregnancies and listening to her ex-Catholic father's radical speeches (often at the neighborhood watering hole), she took up the cause of women controlling their own sexuality and fertility. Ellen Feldman's biographical novel, Terrible Virtue, captures her zeal. Told mostly in…
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The Legacy of Ebertfest

Roger Ebert's passing left a hole in the world of film criticism, but his legacy will never die. "Roger, you would love Ebertfest 2016," his widow, Chaz Ebert, wrote in her blog. The festival's programmers have stayed true to his vision, curating a diverse and interesting lineup in his honor. If you can't attend Ebertfest…
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Caught Reading: Chicago Public Library, April 2016

April Fools' Day, Earth Day and National Poetry Month are some of the celebrations happening in April. But did you know April 10-16 is National Library Week? National Library Week recognizes the important contributions of libraries and library staff. Celebrate with us by stopping by your neighborhood branch to check out a good book. Don’t know what to…
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Milo Quaife’s Chicago Highways Old and New, A Chicago History Classic

Last month I had a horrible flight. The plane taxied out late. Next, the crew announced that they were done flying for the day. Back to the terminal. We ate stale eight-dollar sandwiches. Five hours later the new crew took off into heavy turbulence. The seats were cramped and hard. The 1185-mile trip cost $69…
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AME Church Celebrates 200 Years of Spiritual and Social Salvation

This month, the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates its 200th anniversary. The church has a long history of social activism and spiritual edification. Many AME churches served as stations on the Underground Railroad, helping to usher fugitive slaves to freedom in places like Michigan or Canada. One such station was Chicago’s own Quinn Chapel AME Church…
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