Exploring Environmental Restoration on Chicago’s Southeast Side

This year's One Book, One Chicago selection, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, really blew me away. For the first time, I encountered the idea that millions of years in the future all that will remain of our human world is an archaeological stratum for some potential, post-human species to excavate. And that's regardless of whether…
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Remembering the Future: Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair

This One Book, One Chicago season we've been imagining the future, but we are not the first Chicagoans to do so. Eighty-five years ago, Chicago hosted its second major World's Fair, the Century of Progress. Opened in 1933, and held again in 1934, the fair commemorated a hundred years since the 1833 incorporation of Chicago…
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Lincoln Park Zoo Turns 150

The Lincoln Park Zoo has been a staple of Chicago for longer than anyone alive today can remember—150 years to be exact. Beginning in 1868 with a donation of four swans from New York’s Central Park Zoo, the zoo has morphed and expanded countless times. These changes display both the zoo’s push toward modernization and zoology’s…
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