History & Culture

All about history and culture in Chicago, including politics, architecture, and famous chicagoans.

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Michael Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories takes us down the road of a hilarious recount of Chicago history as we’ve never seen it.

Lake Shore Drive

If ever asked to take a trip on LSD, Chicago is the safest place in the world where you can answer “yes.”

The Chicagoan

Between 1926 and 1935 ran a magazine called the Chicagoan. Published in the same vein as the New Yorker as a cultural spotlight on the Second City, the periodical fizzled out in less than a decade.

Chicago Record Labels (Part One)

Beyond the plethora of music venues, record stores and starving musicians looking to make more than a peep in this city, Chicago is one of the leading hubs for record labels.

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview Park, once located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, was one of the greatest of all amusement parks, and still holds a special place in the heart of all those who remember.

Chicago’s Public Transit Train: A Brief History of the “L”

Love it or hate it, the “L” is an integral part of Chicago history and culture.

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.

Pickwick Theatre: A Modern Jazz-Age Marvel

The Pickwick is one of the few remaining movie palaces left in Chicago still open and operating today. It allows visitors to revel in the glamour of the Jazz Age as they take in the latest films Hollywood has to offer.

Required Reading: Sin in the Second City

In Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City readers can learn about the Levee, Chicago’s red-light district. At the heart of it all was the Everleigh Club.

The Chicago Pedway

The Chicago Pedway

Oh, the Chicago Pedway. What a perfectly unique quirk in this city full of surprises. This underground system of tunnels connects Chicago’s Loop, a fascinating and functional city below the city.

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater, an awe-inspiring old movie palace, is home to a completely restored lobby, state-of-the-art sound and one of Chicago’s largest single screens — all for for five bucks.

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

The story begins on Twitter, on September 27, 2010, and goes on to explore the world of @MayorEmanuel. If nothing else, when finished reading this book, you’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation for coffee, Twitter, and five o’clocks on motherf***ing Fridays.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.