Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Chicago Cubs?

Can you smell the peanuts and Cracker Jack? It's baseball season in Chicago! Test your baseball knowledge with our Cubs quiz. (We've got a quiz for each flavor of fan, so be sure to try Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Chicago White Sox?) And then learn more about the reigning World Series champions with […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the White Sox?

How many times will you sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" this summer? Baseball helps make summer Chicago's best season. Test your baseball knowledge with our White Sox quiz. (We've got a quiz for backers of each team, so be sure to try Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Chicago Cubs?) And then pick up one […]

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Strike a Patriotic Pose for July Fourth

How do you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July? A backyard barbecue? Watching fireworks? What about gathering 10,000 or more of your closest friends to form a large patriotic symbol and then photographing it? If you chose the last one, you'll be following the tradition of Chicago-area photographers Arthur Mole and John Thomas. Mole and […]

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Gwendolyn Brooks: Chicago’s Poet

Although born in Topeka, Kansas, a century ago, on June 7, 1917, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks will always be remembered as a true Chicagoan. Brooks grew up in Chicago, where she began her writing career at 11, when she mailed a number of her poems to community newspapers. The Chicago Defender published a few of her earliest […]

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Do I Hear a Waltz? Teens Dancing in Chicago

Weekends in May mean prom for many Chicago teens. After months of planning, the big night has arrived. Now it’s time to slip into formal dresses, rented tuxedos, corsages and boutonnieres. If you look under any flowering tree on Saturday night, you’ll probably see a group of teens posing for pictures to commemorate the evening. […]

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Chicago’s Long Love Affair with Bikes

As the weather finally warms up, many Chicagoans are tuning up their bikes for the season. While there's much talk of biking in the Windy City in recent years, Chicago has always been a biking city. The cycling craze of the late 1800s saw a rapid evolution from heavy bikes that were difficult to ride, […]

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Mother, My Dear: Historical Greeting Cards

In the United States, we've been celebrating mothers on the second Sunday in May for over a hundred years. Most everyone has made or purchased a Mother's Day card at some point for their mom or a special mother figure. In the past, cards received in and from Chicago might have been published by the P.F. […]

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Remembering Martha Lavey, Former Steppenwolf Artistic Director

Martha Lavey, the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1995 to 2015, and a member of the theater's acting ensemble since 1993, died Tuesday. Lavey left her mark on Chicago's theater community and on Chicago Public Library. A champion not only of Steppenwolf, but of theaters across the city, she spoke about the importance of the […]

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#TBT, Happy Birthday, Harold Washington!

Saturday marks the 95th anniversary of Mayor Harold Washington's birth. The beloved Mayor of Chicago served the city from 1983 until his death in 1987, and made his mark on Chicago in multiple ways. Take some time to celebrate Harold's birthday by reading up on his legacy, or with a visit to the Special Collections and […]

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Underground Chicago: Gas and other Utilities

A series of posts describing Chicago’s underground networks. Previous: Railroads Gas mains and pipes: About 4,500 miles--mainly small diameter. The system started in the 1840s and is being continually upgraded. People’s Gas was chartered in 1849 by the state and does not pay Chicago a franchise fee. The other utilities either pay a franchise fee […]

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