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Orson Welles at Woodstock
Jun. 20, 2013
A teenage prodigy launches a legendary career close to Chicago.
Tentative plans for the Zulkey inauguration
Jan. 22, 2013
There will be constant Air Force jet flyovers with colored smoke, because those are awesome.
Chicago's real-world 'Funny Girl'
Sep. 13, 2012
In 1927, Fanny Brice ended her tempestuous marriage to Nick Arnstein — the real story behind the 1964 Barbara Streisand film
On the South Side, Marx Brothers' Chicago home
Jul. 31, 2012
From 1912 through 1920, the three-flat graystone was home to Sam and Minnie Marx and their sons, better known by their stage names – Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo.
Fiasco: Chicago's first opera
Jul. 30, 2012
On July 29th, 1850, the world knew that Chicago wasn’t just some backwater little village. An opera company had come to town! But things didn't go according to plan.
The Chicago Drive-in Theater
Jul. 6, 2012
At one time there were more than a dozen drive-in movie theatres around Chicago. Most were in the suburbs, but there was one in the city itself, on Columbus Avenue on the Southwest Side.
'Recovering groupie' Cynthia Plaster Caster molds a rock-star weekend
Dec. 16, 2011
A warning--some listeners may want to put their ear muffs on.
s best known for making plaster castings of the “naughty bits” of male and female rock 'n rollers.
Where the Disney story began
Dec. 5, 2011
The house at 2156 N. Tripp Avenue looks unremarkable, yet it is part of history. Walt Disney was born here on December 5, 1901--110 years ago today.Elias and Flora Disney, Walt's parents, arrived in Chicago from Florida in 1890.
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