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A Pulitzer Prize medal

Chicago's Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism

Daniel Hautzinger

Over the 102 years that the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded, four distinct Chicago newspapers have won, for a total of 47 Prizes. Explore the journalism winners, from someone who received a Prize posthumously to the only person to receive two Pulitzers at a Chicago paper.
The 1963 boycott and march against segregation in Chicago Public Schools. Photo: Kartemquin Films

Chicago's Forgotten Civil Rights Demonstration Against Segregated Schools

Daniel Hautzinger

In 1963, some 225,000 students, or 47%, were absent from Chicago Public Schools in a boycott protesting segregation, the culmination of several years of protests against the school board's failure to address the needs of black students – including one in which a young Bernie Sanders was arrested.
A James Beard Award

Chicago's 2019 James Beard Award Finalists

Daniel Hautzinger

This year's finalists for the James Beard Awards, often called the Oscars of Food, have been announced. As usual, Chicago has its fair share of nominees: fourteen, in eight distinct categories, plus two more for cookbooks. Find the list, plus reviews, interviews, and recipes from the finalists here.
A laser pie from Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago's Chatham/Grand Crossing

Representing Her Community Through Baking: Stephanie Hart's Southern Desserts at Brown Sugar Bakery

Daniel Hautzinger

Stephanie Hart, a semifinalist for the national James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker, conjures up childhood memories with her luscious cakes at Brown Sugar Bakery – and she's trying to use her success as a prominent African American bakery to revitalize neighborhoods.
Jane Byrne at a 1979 WTTW mayoral forum

Chicago's First (And Only) Female Mayor

Daniel Hautzinger

As Chicago prepares to elect its first female African American mayor, take a look back at Jane Byrne, the first woman to break the mayoral glass ceiling, standing up to the powerful Democratic machine in the process and winning in Chicago's biggest political upset.
Alderman Leon Despres in the Chicago City Council chamber

The Only Alderman Who Stood Up to Richard J. Daley

Daniel Hautzinger

“[Leon] Despres has been told to shut up – in one form or another – more than any grown man in Chicago," Mike Royko once wrote. "Throughout his career, he has been in the forefront of just about every decent, worthwhile effort to improve life in this city."
A Pullman porter. Source: Library of Congress

How Pullman Porters Laid Groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement

Daniel Hautzinger

While serving as a porter on a Pullman Palace car was one of the better jobs available to African American men, it still had its indignities. Frustrated that they did not share in the gains of their white colleagues, the porters formed the first successful black union in the country. 
Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke's Beginnings in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

The "King of Soul" grew up in Bronzeville and cut his teeth performing in churches and on streets in the city, striving to be the next Nat "King" Cole, who had attended the same high school as Cooke. 
Etta Moten Barnett singing "My Forgotten Man" in "Gold Diggers of 1933"

The Many Pioneering Lives of Etta Moten Barnett

Daniel Hautzinger

She went from being a young mother from Texas to becoming one of the first black women to appear onscreen not as a stereotype and the first to sing at the White House. Gershwin wanted her for Porgy and Bess – and later she became a liasion to Africa and a Chicago cultural patron.
Baldwin Ice Cream factory

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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.
Chicago Cookbooks

Best Chicago Cookbooks for Your Chicago-Loving Chef

Jessica Pupovac

Chicago is a great food city, and, over the years, we've produced a bounty of cookbooks. Local chefs, restaurants, organizations – even baseball teams and politicians – have gotten in on the action. Behold, the cream of the Chicago-made cookbook crop. 
Encyclopedia Britannica

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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. 
The Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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.
The CTA Holiday Train. Photo: CTA

The CTA Holiday Train and Bus Are Returning!

Daniel Hautzinger

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the CTA Holiday Train will begin bringing joy to "L" riders, and the Holiday Bus starts service the next week. Find their schedules here so that you can get a chance to enjoy the lights and take a photo with Santa!
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