Irving Park Road follows the general line of a local portage, which is the soggy land between two rivers. So when a park was planned for Irving Park and Central in 1912, it was called Portage Park. That’s also the name of the neighborhood around it, Community Area 15.
Facing a boycott backed by two Chicago aldermen, a Northwest Side bakery owner on Thursday afternoon apologized for comments some Puerto Ricans had called racist.TipsyCake proprietor Naomi Levine posted the apology on Facebook, calling the comments “insensitive” and acknowledging she “never took any
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.
One of the country’s oldest outdoor murals covers a storefront on Chicago’s Northwest Side. People who care about the 40-year-old painting are finishing a facelift. The mural restoration is doing more than brightening up a gritty stretch of North Avenue.
Chicago is gearing up to celebrate the 175th birthday of the Henry B. Clarke House. Located a mile south of the Loop, it's usually cited as the city's oldest building. But out in the Norwood Park neighborhood, at 5624 N. Newark Avenue, there's an even older house.Mark Noble was English by birth.
The northwest corner of Diversey and Pulaski is a parking lot today. But at one time it was the site of a lovely Chicago landmark.In 1935 the Olson Rug Company was expanding its Diversey Avenue plant. Company president Walter E.
Like any great city, Chicago is always changing. Familiar landmarks are destroyed. Lost Chicago, by David Lowe, is the classic book on our vanished local heritage.But what about those well-remembered Chicago oddities that never made the guidebooks, even when they were around?