These colorful images of kids on the streets of Chicago reveal how much childhood has changed in America.Read More
Making it to Broadway was his childhood dream, but in Chicago, “I fell in with bunch of funny people like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall”Read More
Harvey Pullings’ visual book, Inner City, is a series of photos and essays inspired by the writer, musician, and film director Gordon Parks, and by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
Based in the Rogers Park neighborhood, Pullings was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of Columbia College. He developed Inner City while living for more than a year on the south side, in the Chatham area.
“My love for urban environments and cultural dynamics are the foundations for all my work,” Pullings writes in an essay in the book. “I only wish to capture the beauty that many often neglect, and few even know exist.”
Pullings is also a filmmaker. See the full album of photos and essays, and links to his indie magazine, The Statement, here.
One constant through the shifts in patterns of housing development has been the meaning of homes. Owning one has long been at the heart of “the American dream.”Read More
Chicagoans will find much that is familiar in photographer Maciek Stankiewicz's images—an EL train, a mural, a store window. Yet, the images invariably draw the viewer’s eye to something peculiar or unique: a comedic juxtaposition or an intriguing character.Read More
Women wearing pink "pussy" hats will fill the streets of Chicago today...
Chicago has long been a site of political protest and upheaval. Here are some images from a few of Chicago's iconic protests. Through the years the issues are shockingly similar: race; policing; war; and class conflict.Read More
The New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling spent a year in Chicago in the early 1950s and wrote a three-part essay about the experience. The title of the book that followed from it, Second City, gave the city its nickname. It captured the urban rawness that poet Carl Sandburg had celebrated half a century earlier, but had a much less celebratory take on it.
Here are images from that era in Chicago that Liebling captured so memorably in prose.Read More
The longtime WTTW personality talks about some of his favorite Chicago stories and reveals why Marina City was a "mind-blowing" innovation.Read More
Chicago’s Maxwell Street, which cuts east-west across Halsted, is synonymous with blues, commerce, and sausage. Here are some scenes from this American street.Read More
Chicago Landmark Navy Pier has been a defining feature of the lake shore for a century. It was built to handle waterborne freight as well as to provide wholesome recreation for tourists.Read More
Poet Mel Goldberg grew up in Chicago, attended the U of I at Navy Pier, graduated from Northern Illinois University, and spent 30 years teaching in Waukegan. He currently lives in Ajijic, Mexico, where he is a member of The Not Yet Dead Poets’ Society.Read More
Like a Dog recounts Francone’s journey from the south suburbs of Chicago, where he grew up, to the north side, where he moved in early adulthood. The path is strewn with a series of bad jobs—mail-sorter, book clerk, furniture mover, typist, and legal assistant, among many others—that he endured while taking solace in literature and liquor. The title nods to the final words of Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s The Trial.Read More
Eddie Quinones started taking pictures of Chicago streetscapes around 2000. These photos are from his ongoing “The Onion Field” project, which documents the life of the city through street scenes.Read More
Professor Christina Bueno teaches The History of Food and Drink at Northeastern IL University in Chicago. Here she considers: how cooking with fire made us into humans; the crunch of the Dorito; and eating organic foods.Read More
At the end of Isaiah 65, it says someday—someday—children will not be born “doomed to misfortune.” And so we work for that. Someday people will grow their own food and have meaningful work and live out their days in peace. Someday.Read More
"You get anxious and excited to play. It usually takes place in your bowels. We call it the pre-show shit. It’s like 'oh wow, we’re going on in a minute, I’ve got to take a shit!'"Read More
Studs Terkel broadcast an hour-long program on 98.7 WFMT Chicago each weekday from 1952 until 1997. In the radio world today, Studs is as close as there is to a founding figure of pod-casting and radio storytelling.Read More
"It’s almost frightening, the depth of the silence and attention kids will give a good story."Read More
"I think it’s really interesting that all of these women, repeatedly, get to the same conclusion: I’ve done my city living. This has been really cool and hip. And now it’s time for me to find a white suburb."Read More
In 2010, bassist Beau Sample founded the Fat Babies, an eight piece jazz band interpreting the classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Sample also plays in Devil in a Woodpile and The Modern Sounds. A native of Texas, he now lives in Chicago. He spoke to Storied Chicago about working as a musician in the city.Read More