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Tag Archives: Around town

Chicago’s New Mafia Invades

A force that the Chicago Police can’t make inroads against is formidable indeed. We use the word “gangs” in connection with the thugs who are shooting to kill on Chicago’s … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The City Beautiful That Day

I love this old photograph looking south on Michigan Avenue toward the Jewelers Building, taken in 1951.  It’s surprising how little this particular stretch of Michigan Avenue has changed in … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Big Bill Haywood

There’s something raw about the history of the 1910s, a period of depression and unrest, when Americans were engaged in an anxious quest for alternatives.  It was a period of … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Grand Old Chicago Post Office

Between 1899 and 1965, this building served as the federal courthouse and main post office in Chicago.  Built as the population of the city was burgeoning in the decades following … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Chicago Food and Craft Cooperative

No, it doesn’t exist, but it should. If I possessed unlimited means, I would buy the old Main Post Office Building—the massive old structure straddling the Congress Avenue parkway—and turn … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 13 Comments

The Bridges

On a good day, my husband gives me a ride to the office, and I take pictures from the car. One of my favorite moments in any commute is crossing … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

Florence and Margaret Make a Play for Freedom

The athleticism of the women competing in the London Olympics—and their outfits—underscore how dramatically women’s dress and freedom have changed in the century since women like the American tennis great … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 2 Comments


Can’t let the month go by without sharing these few photographs, taken at a friend’s place on the Fourth of July.  He lives on the west side, near the police … Continue reading

July 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ferris: His Wonderland

Around this time of year in 1893, millions of people were flocking to Chicago to see the great world’s fair the city was hosting.  Formally known as the World’s Columbian … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 6 Comments

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