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Pope inspires black Catholics despite complicated history
Sep. 23, 2015
The arrival of Pope Francis has triggered discussions of the Catholic Church's historic treatment of the African-American faithful, and has sparked hopes for a better future.
New book recounts the forgotten history of autism
Sep. 21, 2015
We tend to think of autism as a modern disease — “the unique disorder of our uniquely disordered times," as author Steve Silberman writes in a new book. But that idea, he says, doesn't quite square with the facts.
Nice pipes: The innards of Buckingham Fountain
Sep. 4, 2015
The lowdown on how the fountain shoots water so high, and why it was built to impress in the first place.
Are there fallout shelters left in Chicago?
Aug. 19, 2015
There are plenty, but let’s just say they’re not ready for a nuclear apocalypse.
Black business' slow flight from Bronzeville
Jul. 30, 2015
In its heyday the neighborhood was flush with black-owned businesses. Where did they go? And, did the end of legal segregation play a part?
Were Chicago Public Schools ever good?
May. 13, 2015
We start an era-by-era search for the district’s ‘golden age’ and wonder: Could it be right now?
Uptown's moment as a 'Hillbilly Heaven'
Apr. 29, 2015
Why tens of thousands of white Southern migrants made the North Side neighborhood home, only to leave a short time later.
Retired Chicago cop got the job done
Mar. 27, 2015
Pat Hays dealt with criminals, victims and the unwanted advances of her fellow officers in three decades on the Chicago police force. “A lot of times it was just brains over brawn.”
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