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
Chicagoan Addie Wyatt was a minister, labor activist and civil rights activist who founded the Vernon Park Church of God in 1955 with her husband, Claude Wyatt. The Vivian G. Harsh Collection recently completed the addition of more than 2,800 photos documenting the Wyatts' family life, ministry, and labor and civil rights work from the […]Read More from Labor of Love: Revs. Addie and Claude Wyatt Photographs
In the early 1960s, the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was working on designs for Daley Plaza. Architect William Hartmann helped convince Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to design a sculpture for the space. Picasso would not accept payment, making this artwork a gift to the people of Chicago. Constructed from the same Cor-Ten steel used in […]Read More from Happy 50th to the Chicago Picasso!
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 […]Read More from Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Chicago Cubs?
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 […]Read More from Quiz: How Well Do You Know the White Sox?
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 […]Read More from Strike a Patriotic Pose for July Fourth
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 […]Read More from Gwendolyn Brooks: Chicago’s Poet
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. […]Read More from Do I Hear a Waltz? Teens Dancing in Chicago
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, […]Read More from Chicago’s Long Love Affair with Bikes
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. […]Read More from Mother, My Dear: Historical Greeting Cards