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The CTA Green Line at 51st Street. Photo: Cragin Spring/Wikimedia Commons

When the Green Line Shut Down for More Than Two Years

Daniel Hautzinger

If weekend closures of Red Line stations are an inconvenience, comfort yourself with the thought that it could be worse. More than 25 years ago, the Green Line—like the Red Line today—needed maintenance and modernizing. Back then, the CTA shut down the whole line—for more than two years.
Chicago Union Stock Yards

How Upton Sinclair’s 'The Jungle' Unintentionally Spurred Food Safety Laws

Meredith Francis

Muckraker journalist Upton Sinclair started a national movement for food safety after the publication of his 1906 novel, The Jungle, although that wasn't his aim. “I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach,” he said. 
Central Standard Building

How Chicago Played a Major Role in Setting America’s Time Zones

Meredith Francis

Before our clocks fell back and sprung forward, there were dozens of time zones in the United States. Chicago, once a major railroad hub, played a key part in standardizing time across the country.
Frances Willard, Grace Wilbur Trout, Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells

The Chicago Suffragists Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote

Meredith Francis

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote. Chicago was home to some of the leading suffragists in the nation, and they brought Illinois women a limited right to vote years before 1920.
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