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
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
These colorful images of kids on the streets of Chicago reveal how much childhood has changed in America.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
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
"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
Native Americans are often described as people from rural places. But, many migrated to big cities like Chicago at the the turn of the 20th century. The "City Indian" is the subject of a recent book by Rosalyn LaPier and David Beck.Read More