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Baldwin Ice Cream factory

The Black- and Woman-Led Success of a Chicago Ice Cream Company

Baldwin Ice Cream began as a parlor opened by seven African American postal workers on the South Side and eventually grew to offering ice cream in major Midwestern grocery stores and at O'Hare, thanks in part to Jolyn Robichaux, its president for more than two decades.
A dry parade organized by the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Chicago in 1908. Photo: Charles R. Childs, Chicago Historical Society

The Century-Long Clash Between Chicago's Temperance Advocates and Beer Lovers

The year Chicago was incorporated also saw the founding of the city’s first temperance group and first brewery, and the two factions grew and clashed for the following decades, leaving their mark on the city and suburbs, until temperance briefly won out with the ratification of Prohibition 100 years ago.
Statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Photo: Getty Images

What Americans Get Wrong About North Korea

Bruce Cumings, a historian of modern Korea who often bucks conventional wisdom on North Korea, explains the U.S.'s role in North Korea's nuclearization, digs into how the dictatorship has lasted 70 years, and expresses cautious optimism about the future of U.S.-North Korea relations.
Houses along the 2500 block of West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL

The Story of the Iconic Chicago Home

Chicago is renowned for its architecture, but a small-scale, domestic building unique to this city often goes unrecognized: the Chicago bungalow. The history of this style of house encompasses the story of Chicago's immigrants and infamous discrimination.
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

The Businessman Philanthropist You Haven't Heard of Who Shaped Chicago

Julius Rosenwald used the fortune he amassed leading Sears to found the Museum of Science and Industry, establish schools for rural African Americans and YMCAs across the country, support newly arrived Jewish immigrants, and more.
Edward Kemeys's Lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago, c. 1900. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago

The Story of the Art Institute's Iconic Lions

The Art Institute of Chicago's Michigan Avenue Beaux Arts home opened 125 years ago after being used for the 1893 World's Fair. But what about the museum's iconic bronze lions? What are their origins?
Encyclopedia Britannica

250 Years of the Encyclopaedia Britannica – And Chicago's Role in Its Success

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was first published 250 years ago, became a proud emblem of the American middle class during the 20th century in large part thanks to the efforts of Chicago institutions and people. 
Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, c. 1989.

Remembering George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on Friday at the age of 94. Remember his legacy as a non-ideological contrast to his predecessor Ronald Reagan and as overseer of a number of significant foreign policy achievements.
The Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago

Angels Too Soon: The Tragic Our Lady of the Angels School Fire

60 years ago, 92 children and three nuns died in a fire at the Our Lady of the Angels school on Chicago's West Side. The tragedy could easily have been prevented, and had a wide-reaching effect on fire safety measures across the country.
Photo: Warren Perlstein, courtesy American Indian Center

"We're Still Here": Chicago's Native American Community

After their removal from the region around Chicago in the early nineteenth century, Native Americans began returning to the city in the 1950s under the federal government's ill-planned relocation policy. Chicago has the oldest urban Indian center, and the third largest urban population of Native Americans.
A train of 4000-series cars stops at Clark/Division in April 1943 on an official "inspection trip," showing guests progress on the subway's construction months before its completion and official opening in October. Photo: CTA

A Chance to Ride (or See) a Historic CTA Train Car

In celebration of the opening of Chicago's first subway transit line 75 years ago, the CTA is sending out two vintage train cars that ran from 1923 to 1973 and are the same model of car that was among the first to run on the State Street subway line.
Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing and Studs Terkel

A New Podcast Bringing Studs Terkel into the 21st Century

Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing takes interviews between the legendary Studs Terkel and people such as James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry and pairs them with contemporary conversations and musings on the same themes from Studs's kindred spirit Eve Ewing. 
A demonstration for German Day in 1931 in front of the Field Museum. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1990-073-12

Fascism in Chicago

From the feted arrival of an Italian Fascist in Chicago during the Century of Progress World's Fair (commemorated with the renaming of a street and a monument donated by Mussolini) to the infamous controversy where neo-Nazis tried to march in Skokie, learn about fascist flare-ups in Chicago.
The Bahá’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, north of Chicago. Photo: Courtesy of the US Bahá’í National Center

What the Bahá’i Temple Reveals About the Bahá’i Faith

The Bahá’i House of Worship on the lakefront north of Chicago is sometimes called the "silent teacher" for the way that it illustrates principles of the faith, many of which are incorporated into the striking, innovative, ornate design, which took 50 years to realize.
The Eastland Disaster on the Chicago River

Chicago's Deadliest Disaster

One hundred and three years ago, on July 24, 1915, more than 800 people lost their lives in Chicago's deadliest tragedy, when a top-heavy boat rolled onto its side in the Chicago River only twenty feet from the shore. Watch an archival Chicago Stories episode about the Eastland Disaster.
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