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A story of star-crossed suburbs
Dec. 29, 2014
The Chicago suburbs of Romeoville and Joliet were once named Romeo and Juliet. We explored why.
Tensions and torches after the Great Fire
Oct. 7, 2014
The collective myth is that the blaze of 1871 brought together Chicago’s rich and poor. It did, but it also drew dividing lines following what one resident called an ‘awful democracy of the hour.’
The tale of the two-flat
Aug. 20, 2014
Skip the skyscraper! The most interesting building in Chicago is tied to its neighborhoods and its working class.
Cabbage War: West Ridge vs. Rogers Park
Aug. 13, 2014
How conflicts over booze, parks and taxes prompted two Chicago neighborhoods to break into all-out vegetable warfare.
Chicago's tattoo holdout
May. 14, 2014
Why was it that — for a time — just one shop took care of the entire city’s inking needs? To find out, roll up your sleeves!
Extra play! Chicago as pinball capital
May. 13, 2014
Here’s why the city’s hold on pinball industry and artistry continued through the game’s heyday.
Haymarket: Anarchism, the bomb and its aftermath
Apr. 29, 2014
The 1886 bombing transformed labor politics worldwide, but it also left hometown Chicago with plenty of scapegoating and soul searching.
Blue Island's 99-year rebuff of Chicago
Feb. 24, 2014
In 1915, Chicago tried to convince the neighboring city of Blue Island to become part of the Second City. Blue Island voted no, and the stubborn suburb hasn’t looked back.
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