Wayback Wednesday: A Skyline Frozen in Time
Jan29

Wayback Wednesday: A Skyline Frozen in Time

A polar bear-style dip into the archive this week brings us to January 29, 2005: Fifteen years ago today. That’s the day we crunched through the snow-crusted grounds of Soldier Field to take this snap of the Chicago skyline. Soldier Field, January 29, 2005...

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Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East
Jul01

Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East

Chicago and cars have an interesting history together. Both blossomed around the same time, and the early automobile industry left an impression on the city. The first auto race in America was held in Chicago (to Evanston and back). Car racing was a staple in the early years of Solider Field. Some of the South Loop’s best historic architecture is preserved in the showrooms and garages of Auto Row. And there is still a small...

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The Legacy of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid
Aug05

The Legacy of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid

The Summer Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janiero today. And amid the pageantry and intrigue and brand logos are the lingering worries about the game-centric infrastructure. Much has been written about how Rio simply doesn’t have its act together. Twitter is full of horror stories from Olympians longing for the days before it was required to hold the Games in every third world craphole around the globe. But then again, Rio Olympic...

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Pressure Pack Posits Parks in Peril
Nov25

Pressure Pack Posits Parks in Peril

We’re used to thinking of parks as forever places.  Permanent municipal installations that often have been here since we were born, and will remain long after we’ve passed. But not so fast, says Friends of the Parks, the Chicago group that pops up every time someone even thinks about placing a brick near Grant Park.  Taking a page from Preservation Illinois, it’s put out a list of the city’s most endangered...

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