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Chocolate Dipped: The Popularity Of Custom Candy In 1940s Chicago

The Atlantic | Posted 03.31.2012 | Chicago

I had the chocolate symposium and Women's History Month on my mind when I came across this image from the museum's photo history collection of glass p...

Jane Addams Hull House Closes Doors After More Than 120 Years

AP | By TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Hull House, the Chicago social services organization founded more than 120 years ago by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, closed Fr...

Joseph Erbentraut

Local Poet On Howard Zinn And Why The Time For Change Is Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

"To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory." Though the late historian Howa...

PHOTOS: The History Of Snow In Chicago

Posted 01.12.2012 | Chicago

Though Thursday's snowfall marked the first significant snowfall of Chicago's surprisingly mild winter, the maximum eight inches of snow expected to f...

Ida B. Wells Sculpture To Be Built In Chicago

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — For six decades, civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells was woven into the fabric of Chicago's South Side as the namesake of a public housi...

PHOTOS: Christmas In Chicago Through The Years

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

in 1951, Chicago not only had a white Christmas, but a full-blown blizzard. Between Dec. 14 and Christmas Eve that year, 33 inches of snow covered the...

Second City Takes On Chicago History

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Imagine a city where winters are frigid enough for polar bears, where a baseball team is so woebegone it hasn't won the World Series s...

WATCH: Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Notorious Gang Leader Who Turned His Life Around

Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

In 1998, notorious Chicago gang member Charles Edward Bey stood in front of the congregation at the Progressive Community Church on the South Side and...

Jane Addams Tribute Relocated, Rededicated

Posted 11.25.2011 | Chicago

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of the Windy City Times: The Chicago Park District held a dedication ceremony for the relocated city tribute to socia...

PHOTOS: Illinois' Most Successful Building Preservations, Then And Now

Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago

To commemorate the 40th anniversaryof Landmarks Illinois, a statewide organization that advocates for the preservation of historical state landmarks, ...

Al Capone's Handgun Sells For $110,000 At Auction

AP | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

LONDON — A handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone sold for nearly $110,000 Wednesday at an auction in London. The Colt .38 revolver was manuf...

Did Cubs Throw The 1918 World Series Against Red Sox?

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — If Chicago has been willing to believe that a cow caused the Great Chicago Fire, maybe it will buy this one: The White Sox got the ide...

Landmark Church To Be Rebuilt Soon

AP | Posted 06.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The on-again, off-again reconstruction of a landmark Chicago church known as the birthplace of gospel music is on again. Church leade...

The Word 'Hipster' Shall Always Be With Us

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Being a word geek, this is the sort of scenario in which I'd advise caution; I was genuinely curious what we writers would be losing if we threw out "...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Endangered Historic Buildings

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A massive fire that ravaged the city in 1871 may have destroyed some valuable pieces of Chicago history, but in the years following the notorious blaz...

Off Target? Superstore To Move Into Historic Downtown Building

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An iconic building in the heart of downtown Chicago is soon to be occupied by a Target. The former Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company store on the corn...

Find The Bodies If You Can: Should The John Wayne Gacy Case Be Reopened?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

By Chris Maloney of ShadowReports.com John Wayne Gacy. Three words synonymous with evil. Even 31 years after his conviction in Chicago for murderi...

Historic Soul Food Spot Closes Due To Economy, Owners Hope To Bring It Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since 1945, Army & Lou's has been a South Side soul food destination. Rich in history and known for its amazing smothered fried chicken, one of the ol...

The Woman Behind The Beehive

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ELMHURST, Ill. — Before Marge Simpson, Amy Winehouse or Audrey Hepburn wore their hair in the famous beehive, there was Margaret Vinci Heldt and...

PHOTOS: Inside A Gold Coast Mansion Built In 1883

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Victorian mansion in the Gold Coast, built in 1883, is now for sale--and its detailed woodwork makes the space even more appealing. The 7 bedroom ...

DuSable Museum Founder Dies, Leaving Lasting Impact On Black Culture

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A founder of one of the oldest African-American history museums in the country has died. A spokesman for the DuSable Museum of Africa...

WATCH: Family Explains History Of New Daley Plaza Christmas Tree

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A McHenry family has won Chicago's Christmas tree contest--and their 70-foot blue spruce is now on its way to Chicago's Daley Plaza. After years of ...

Edna's Closes: Historic Soul Food Spot Shuts Its Doors After 44 Years

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A month after Edna Stewart's death, her namesake restaurant on the West Side -- responsible for feeding the civil rights movement including Martin Lut...

Chicago Avenue: A Neighborhood In Limbo

Gapers Block | Shipping Included | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Avenue used to have it all -- shops, theaters, department stores and restaurants. People used to hang out on the stretch of road between Damen...

Bronze, Steel And Controversy: Chicago Statues Not Always Met With Open Arms

The A.V. Club Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last week, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the Burnham Memorial, a privately funded $5 million tribute to architect Daniel Burnham. The memorial ...