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Henry Blake Fuller isn't necessarily a well-known name in literature. But his book Bertram Cope's Year is considered by many to be one of the first American novels to feature gay characters. Fuller also played a big role in making social realism the literary style of Chicago.
Alligator Records was born when a young hippie decided he had to record an unusual artist he had seen "50 times" at a Chicago club. Fifty years later, it has recorded legends, fresh upstarts, the Queen of the Blues, and more, all while retaining a family feel.
Esquire recently pointed out that, while Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and other streaming services have been making waves with documentaries over the past few years, PBS has been offering top-level documentaries for decades.
The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives contain everything from the costumes of drag queens to the papers of early gay rights activists, as well as books available for circulation. "One reason we're here is because it’s important for people to connect with people that have similar stories."
Armenians have been present in Chicago for much of its history and found success in trades such as oriental rugs. Over the generations, they have also maintained a connection to their homeland, despite distance and the trauma of the Armenian genocide.
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon take on "the greatest of all time" in their upcoming four-part documentary, examining the three-time heavyweight champion who was also a lightning rod for controversy around activism, pacifism, religion, and race.
A look back on a comedy troupe whose influence has been likened to that of the Beatles on music, some Pride Month programming, a new Masterpiece drama, and more.
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, in honor of the June, 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York that was a turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights and recognition. Celebrate with our programming.
Meet the performers of the 32nd annual National Memorial Day Concert, pre-taped this year instead of broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol, as it honors America's servicemen and -women.
Miyoko Ito’s life was full of tumult, roiled by an earthquake, internment, health issues, and a bizarre coda, but you might not guess it from her quiet artwork. At a time when Chicago art was focused on figuration, she embraced cool, controlled abstraction.
FDR's health rapidly declines as victory approaches in Europe. Olav begins to reassess Märtha and attempt to resolve his differences with her, while she worries for the children after years living abroad, in the finale of Atlantic Crossing.
Olav struggles with his marriage while being stuck away from his family alone in London, and begins lashing out at Märtha. A plot against their family is barely foiled, while good news finally comes in the war.
You can find stately Christian Science churches tucked away in neighborhoods as well as downtown, although most now serve other purposes, whether re-developed as residential spaces or concert halls or as a worship space for another denomination.
Märtha's relationship with FDR comes under increasing suspicion both in the public and amongst their families, while a possible conspiracy threatens the safety of her and her children.