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Disastrous Decisions Impacted Chicago During the 1918 Flu Epidemic

The 1918 flu outbreak, both globally and in Chicago, is the event which most clearly...
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How Has Chicago Responded to Historic Epidemics?

How has the city of Chicago responded to previous epidemics in our history? The current...
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Four Female Architects Who Shaped Chicago

Female architects have shaped Chicago for generations, yet their work is frequently overlooked and under-appreciated....
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4 Badass Women to Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month has nearly ended, but we still want to take this chance to...
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The End of the Chicago Trolley Era

The Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company ceased their tour operations at the end of...
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Sip Hot Chocolate in These 4 Historic Spots

Cozying up with a mug of hot chocolate is an absolute must in the midst...
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Five Bars for a Pedway Pub Crawl

A Pedway pub crawl strikes us as the perfect way to bring some cheer to...
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Eat These Six Chicago Holiday Foods

A curious gourmand can find no shortage of interesting and diverse Chicago holiday foods. Our...
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Visit the Chicago Board of Trade

A visit to the Chicago Board of Trade is a must, especially in conjunction with...
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Discover the Traces of Military History in Chicago

For Veterans Day I want to highlight some of the traces of military history in...
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Take a Free Self-Guided William LeBaron Jenney Walking Tour

William LeBaron Jenney designed the world's first steel-frame skyscraper in 1885, creating a new style...
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Where’d Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Come From?

Chicago deep dish pizza is our city's most famous culinary creation, but layers of mystery...
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Peek Behind the Scenes of Chicago Theatre History

2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre, so we're looking back on the history of...
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Detour: Take an Indiana Dunes Day Trip

For over a century, an Indiana Dunes day trip has been one of the best...
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Chicago’s Radical History and the Origins of Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is usually filled with cookouts, cold drinks, and last-minute summer trips, yet...
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Witness the 1919 Chicago Race Riot in Jun Fujita’s Photos

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Chicago race riot. One mostly-forgotten man's...
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Five Things to Do in Chicago’s Financial District

Chicago's Financial District, centered on LaSalle Street in the Loop, is the fulcrum of the...
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Four Truly Patriotic Forgotten Chicago Figures You Must Know

We're celebrating the Fourth of July by acknowledging four forgotten Chicago patriots. These long-gone American...
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