Banned Books on Stage: Celebrate Banned Books Week and the Year of Chicago Theatre

During the last week of September, libraries, schools, bookstores and readers across the nation celebrate Banned Books Week by standing up and speaking out for the freedom to read. In Chicago, our theaters are known for standing up and speaking out. In fact, the tagline for 2019's Year of Chicago Theatre claims the stage is…
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Chance the Snapper Isn’t Chicago’s First Notorious Gator

With news of Humboldt Park’s newest notorious (and likely temporary) lagoon resident -- alligator Chance the Snapper -- I was curious if other gators had made headlines in Chicago. A quick search of the early 20th century newspaper Chicago Examiner uncovered more than 300 alligator articles.  Chicago may be in the midst of #gatorwatch2019, but…
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Pomp and Circumstance: Historical Graduation Cards

The school year is winding down. Students across Chicago are studying and preparing to take final exams. Seniors are preparing for graduation. Many graduates will participate in long celebrated traditions like wearing black or school-color gowns and flat mortarboard caps at commencement ceremonies, then celebrating their academic achievement with friends and family. If you walk…
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