Chicago's South Loop is a vibrant residential, educational and entertainment area with an amazing history.
Self-promoting evangelist had an empire in Chicago's South Loop and appeared in James Joyce's Ulysses as a tragic character
With a background as a literature professor, Samuel Steward chronicled gay life in Chicago from the 1930s through the 1960s.
In the era of one-and-done NCAA men's basketball careers, UCLA's 88-game winning streak is a feat unlikely to be matched.
In order to really understand America, International visitors should discover Chicago.
With the enormous money flowing into college sports, why shouldn't college athletes be paid to participate in sports? Here's why.
Documentaries have a special storytelling ability. During Black History Month, these are some of the best and most powerful African American documentaries for teaching the history and sociology of African Americans in the United States.
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece "Citizen Kane" is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made. Here are several reasons to justify that assertion.
The influential 1970s and 1980s band Roxy Music is perhaps the single most glaring omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The top 10 blue-eyed soul songs from David Bowie.
In a four-year span from 1889 to 1893, architect Clinton J. Warren designed five major Chicago hotels, including two that would later become headquarters for gangster Al Capone.
The 10 most beautiful designs for American coins.
Minding the unwritten rules of etiquette when riding CTA trains can make everyone’s trip less stressful, avoid dangerous situations, and help everything run more smoothly.
Chicago architect George W. Maher was influential in the development of the Prairie Style of architecture for which Frank Lloyd Wright was more famous. This is a photo gallery of 23 of his Chicago area homes.
A ghost sign is a remnant advertising sign or labeling that no longer applies, often painted on the side of an old building. There are several good examples in Central Illinois.
People who have never seen or experienced North America's Great Lakes often underestimate their power and importance. The Great Lakes are an enormous inland sea essential to commerce, tourism, recreation, and travel.
If you want to develop an appreciation of Brazilian Popular Music, don't be frightened off by the language difference. It’s easier than you think with this handy introductory guide to Brazilian pop music.
The small town of Dwight, Illinois-- about 75 miles southwest of Chicago—has a number of priceless and fascinating architectural treasures.
If you’re planning to take Amtrak from Chicago Union Station, read the following tips to make the boarding process less confusing, less stressful, and much more manageable.
No other major architect in history has had so many prominent buildings fall to disaster as Minoru Yamasaki, the designer of the World Trade Center, the Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing Project, and several other ill-fated buildings. Was it due to his vision and design principles, working during a...
Every American knows the Wright Brothers built the first heavier-than-air flying machine. But while the Wrights were perfecting their airplane, a diminutive Brazilian inventor in France was simultaneously developing his own flying machine— successfully flown before large, adoring crowds-- years...
Chicago has been the passenger railroad hub of the nation since the Civil War. During the height of railroad travel from 1925 through 1969, Chicago had six major interstate passenger railroad stations.
An unassuming former auto parts store at 2120 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago is now a Mecca and a museum for blues, R&B, and Rock and Roll fans. This is the amazing history of Chess Records.
In the annals of punk rock, the music scenes in three major cities dominate the discussion: London, New York, and—to a much lesser extent—Los Angeles. Yet an underappreciated San Francisco band—The Tubes-- had a major impact on the creation of punk rock music.
A tall, slender, unassuming building in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood has a remarkable and little-known history. The Transportation Building at 600 S. Dearborn-- former headquarters for Eliot Ness and the Untouchables-- became an abandoned building sheltering homeless in the late 1970s...
The Loyola Ramblers were the first team in college basketball to ignore quotas limiting African American players.
An architectural tour of Chicago's historic Michigan Avenue Hotels. Part Two includes the Hard Rock Chicago, InterContinental, Allerton, and Drake hotels.
An architectural tour of Chicago's historic Michigan Avenue Hotels. This article includes the Hilton Chicago, Blackstone, Congress, and Auditorium Building.
The kitschy 1970s band Devo-- often dismissed as a gimmick or a one hit wonder-- has had a lasting and powerful impact on film, music video, and the visual arts. A new documentary examines their impressive legacy.
In the rich pantheon of truly annoying music, the 1970s stands out as the decade that produced the most diabolical efforts in harmonic irritation.
The Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area has a rich railroad history. See 100 years of railroad stations in the area in this photo collection.
Madison Square Garden in New York City was glitzier, more celebrated and much better known, but the star-crossed Chicago Coliseum had a rich and colorful history that rivals any arena in America.
If you remember 1969-- or you want to help someone remember it-- this is the ultimate 1969 playlist. There are notes on the key songs, comments on how songs fit in the context of the artists’ careers and their subsequent legacy. If you’re looking to make a birthday or anniversary gift of songs...
Chicago's Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Terminal was an architectural masterpiece in a city noted for its brilliant buildings. So why do so few Chicagoans know about this amazing building?