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5 Lessons The World Can Learn From One Of History's Most Intrepid Cities

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.18.2014 | Good News

This post is part of HuffPost's Good News USA series, which showcases both past and present ways cities across the country have created a positive imp...

Distinctive Bronzeville Building Once Facing Demolition Has Big Plans

Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago

Though the century-plus Forum in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood has sat practically vacant for decades it appears to be on the verge of a reincarn...

New Photo Book Captures Uptown's 'Invisible' People In The '70s

Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago

Story by Adeshina Emmanuel, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: UPTOWN — Bob Rehak's heart was pounding as he stepped off the "L" at the Wilson Red Line st...

LOOK: Treat Yourself To A Peek Into Chicago's Candy-Laden Past

Posted 10.31.2013 | Chicago

Is Chicago still the sweetest place on earth? On a day when treats take center stage, we wanted to take a look back at the Windy City's sugary pas...

50 Years Later, Remembering The '63 Chicago School Boycott

Posted 10.30.2013 | Chicago

Fifty years ago Tuesday, more than 200,000 Chicago children stayed home from school and hit the streets as part of a massive protest against segregati...

Chicago Went Up In Flames 142 Years Ago Tuesday

Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago

Tuesday marks the 142nd anniversary of an event that forever altered the course of Chicago's development as a then-young American city, steering it to...

Map Shows What The City Looked Like Before The Great Chicago Fire

Posted 08.29.2013 | Chicago

Time travel is still a long way off, but thanks to a new interactive map from the Smithsonian, history buffs and curious Chicagoans can get a glimpse ...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Hot Dog History

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to Chicago food, it doesn't get more iconic than the "life-changing" Chicago-style hot dog. And, as expected, that deeply-entrenched ...

PHOTOS: Vintage Scenes Of Chicago At The Beach

Posted 07.11.2013 | Chicago

With the humidity in Chicago temporarily subsiding Thursday, making for a rather lovely end to the work week, it's the perfect time to head to the bea...

PHOTOS: Meet The Real-Life Woman Who Inspired 'Gatsby'

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 05.13.2013 | Chicago

She was a rich debutante named after a da Vinci painting. She was F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love. And she was reportedly the woman who served as the...

PHOTOS: The Iconic Buckingham Fountain Through The Years

Posted 05.02.2013 | Chicago

One of the world's largest fountains -- which symbolized Chicago on a national stage for a time when it was featured prominently in the opening credit...

First McDonald's Franchise Opened In Des Plaines 58 Years Ago Monday

Posted 04.15.2013 | Chicago

Fifty-eight years ago Monday, McDonald's founder Ray Kroc opened the now ubiquitous chain's first-ever franchise restaurant (and first ever location e...

VIDEO: A Chicago Mayor's Shameless Easter PR Fail

Posted 03.31.2013 | Chicago

Chicago may be the city of progress, but vintage video from a 1981 Easter scene shows even in the Windy City, the more things change, the more they s...

Wicker Park Taco Stand's Rehab Reveals Hamburger History

Posted 03.28.2013 | Chicago

Story by Alisa Hauser, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: WICKER PARK — Tacos on the northeast corner of Ashland Avenue and Division Street are being repl...

City's First Black Firefighters Museum Clears Big Hurdle

Posted 03.26.2013 | Chicago

Story by Wendell Hutson, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: BRONZEVILLE — The creation of the first black firefighters museum moved one step closer to rea...

Obsessed Cubs Fan Who Shot Player, Inspired Movie Died Last Year

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she'd never met into a hotel room...

PHOTOS: Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibit Opens Saturday

Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

In their latest special exhibition, the Chicago History Museum is paying homage to the Ebony Fashion Fair. The traveling show began in 1958 and, th...

A New Look at Hinky Dink's Star

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.05.2013 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

One of Chicago's most famous City Council members, Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an "alderman's star." It looks like a police officer's badge -- except that it's made out of solid gold and studded with diamonds.

Celebrating The City's 176th Birthday The Best Way We Know How

Posted 03.04.2013 | Chicago

For all this talk of how miserable you are, and considering your age, you're looking good, Chicago! Monday, March 4 marks the Windy City's 176th bi...

Reagan's Boyhood Chicago Home Faces Demolition

Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill. | Derek Barichello | Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

DIXON -- Chicago is not in any rush to compete with Dixon when it comes to preserving Ronald Reagan's history. One of Reagan's little-known boyhood h...

WATCH: WW2 Fighter Plane Pulled From Lake Michigan

Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

Updated story On the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a World War ll artifact is back on dry land after spending nearly seven decade...

PHOTOS: Happy Repeal Day! The Prohibition Era In Chicago

Posted 12.05.2012 | Chicago

Wednesday is Dec. 5, a truly significant date in American history. No, we're not talking about Johnny Rzeznik's birthday here. We're talking about Rep...

PHOTOS: Remembering Harold Washington, 25 Years Later

Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Harold Washington, Chicago's first African-American mayor, abruptly died of a heart attack shortly after his reelection ...

PHOTOS: Stanley Kubrick Shoots Chicago, 1949

Posted 10.17.2012 | Chicago

The man ultimately responsible for such timeless works as "The Shining" and "A Clockwork Orange" was once a staff photographer for Look magazine and, ...

PHOTOS: 150+ Sites Partake In Open House Chicago

Posted 10.13.2012 | Chicago

Ever wonder what that funky mansion down the street looks like on the inside? What about the corner bank that was built over a century ago? Or the cit...