Gospel Music in Special Collections: I’ll Take You There

On September 16, 1966, the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place came alive with the Gospel Festival Spectacular. "Spectacular" is undoubtedly the word today’s gospel music lovers would use to describe this lineup. Among the featured groups to join the Rev. Clay Evans and his 150-voice Fellowship Radio Choir were the Rev. James Cleveland Singers, […]

Read More from Gospel Music in Special Collections: I’ll Take You There

Wheatless Mondays: The 100-Year Anniversary of WWI

Before gluten-free and soy milk became common at the grocery store, Americans needed a bit of coaxing to embrace wheatless Mondays, meatless Tuesdays, porkless Saturdays and ice cream made without sugar or cream. Like our One Book, One Chicago selection, Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, World War I or the "Great War" urgently required citizens to […]

Read More from Wheatless Mondays: The 100-Year Anniversary of WWI

Seven Degrees of Chicago, 1938

Although massive in scale, Chicago is a city with remarkably few degrees of separation. Just as the year's One Book, One Chicago selection connects diverse readers across the city to threads of history, the book, Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast, opens its first chapter by stitching together the overlapping paths shared by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and future Illinois […]

Read More from Seven Degrees of Chicago, 1938