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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Illinois? Test Your Knowledge Here

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.01.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

You probably know which presidents are from Illinois, where the capitol is located and which great lake forms our eastern border. But how much do you really know about the Land of Lincoln? Can you name the state bird or how many counties are in the state?

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 Went Up In Flames 141 Years Ago Monday

Posted 10.08.2012 | Chicago

Around 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 1871, a small fire started on the city’s Southwest Side. Dry and windy conditions quickly fanned the flames driv...

If Elvis Can Get His Own Stamp, Why Not Mother Jones?

David Macaray | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
David Macaray

Although the word "iconic" tends to be overused these days, the term certainly applied to Mother Jones. For roughly 60 years she was the working man's spiritual leader and benefactor -- part Madonna, part mediator, part rabble-rouser -- a labor icon in every sense of the word.

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Haunted Places

The Huffington Post | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

Halloween is a time when even the most timid Chicagoans may go hunting for thrills and chills. While amusement parks and "haunted" houses may pop up i...

Dating blog #4: Burn Me Once Shame On You. Burn Me Twice Shame On Me!

Gena Grish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Gena Grish

Last month, I had a date with this incredibly handsome, funny and intelligent firefighter named Chris, whose body was the stuff that the "Chicago Hunk Firefighter" calendars were made of. You know what I'm talking about, right?

Putting Carter to Rest

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

President Obama seems committed to shifting federal urban policymaking from a reactive, "Marshall Plan"-type strategy to a proactive, cooperative approach.