Playlist Chicago Stories
Things to Watch and Read on Veterans DayDaniel Hautzinger
November 11, 2022
November 11 is Veterans Day. WTTW and PBS have covered veterans, their lives, issues, and the wars they fought in extensively, but we have pulled together a small selection of those stories for you to watch and read today.
A Q&A with the Producer of 'Chicago Stories: The Birth of Gospel'Daniel Hautzinger
May 5, 2022
"The story of gospel music is actually a more universal story of American music and our country’s history," says the producer of a new Chicago Stories documentary about the genre's origins in Chicago.
A Q&A with the Producer of a New Jane Byrne 'Chicago Stories'Meredith Francis
March 29, 2022
Jane Byrne was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Chicago and the first woman to lead a mayor U.S. city. A new Chicago Stories documentary follow's Byrne's rise to power and tenure as mayor.
Exploring the Surprising Chicago Roots of ImprovMeredith Francis
October 13, 2021
Improv "was born out of a need to communicate with a new immigrant population, from a woman who loved theater," says the producer of our new upcoming documentary Inventing Improv: A Chicago Stories Special.
Ida B. Wells' Lessons for TodayDaniel Hautzinger
April 28, 2021
The writer and producer of a new WTTW documentary about the groundbreaking civil rights activist, journalist, and suffragist discusses Wells' relevance today, at a moment when Wells is becoming more and more recognized for her work.
Revisiting the Great Chicago Fire 149 Years LaterMeredith Francis
September 22, 2020
The Great Chicago Fire: A Chicago Stories Special reveals new details with recreations and animation that bring the fire to life. Executive producer Dan Protess and producer and writer Peter Marks talked about their approach to telling the old story in a new way.
Chicago-based Dancer Ruth Page's "Bewildering Array of Activities"Daniel Hautzinger
August 21, 2020
Anna Pavlova, Irving Berlin, Serge Diaghilev, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev: the choreographer and dancer Ruth Page worked with them all, plus brought Americana into ballet, built artistic institutions in her home base of Chicago, and choreographed over 100 ballets.
The Killing of Fred HamptonDaniel Hautzinger
December 4, 2019
50 years ago, the promising young Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was killed during a police raid. Hampton's organizing and the outcry after his death helped lead to the election of Harold Washington and Bobby Rush, who was a Panther at the time of the raid.
The Chicago Archaeologist Who Changed the Way We Study CivilizationMeredith Francis
October 9, 2019
In 1919, James Henry Breasted founded the Oriental Instiute with what was at the time "a radical idea," that scholars should look toward the ancient Middle East to understand western civilization. Now, 100 years later, OI is celebrating its past by looking toward its future.
Looking Back At ‘The World’s Busiest Airport’Meredith Francis
September 24, 2019
As both of Chicago's airports look toward the future of air travel, here's a look at the ups and downs of Midway's past. When it was the world's busiest airport, Chicagoans would flock to watch airplanes take off and land in the airfield.
The Story of the Iconic Chicago HomeDaniel Hautzinger
January 3, 2019
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.
The Businessman Philanthropist You Haven't Heard of Who Shaped ChicagoDaniel Hautzinger
December 11, 2018
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.
Chicago's Deadliest DisasterDaniel Hautzinger
July 24, 2018
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.
When Chicago Was 'Hog Butcher to the World'Daniel Hautzinger
June 21, 2018
A square mile of the city just upstream from downtown devoted to turning livestock into products that saw 18 million animals in a year at its peak: the Union Stock Yards are almost unimaginable now, but they once epitomized Chicago, and gave us the assembly line and refrigerated rail cars.
"Respect Yourself": The Power of The Staple SingersDaniel Hautzinger
June 8, 2018
The Staple Singers combined the Delta blues of Pops Staples' birthplace with the gospel of his adopted home in Chicago to become international stars and civil rights activists. Hear Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte reminisce on the Staples and learn their history before Mavis headlines the Chicago Blues Fest.
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