Category Archives: Chicago

American Airlines Flight 191 crashed on May 25, 1979. All of the 271 people aboard died, as did two more on the ground. The cause: an improperly repaired engine mount that gave out under pressure, smashed a wing of the … Continue reading

May 11-13, 2016, the publishing industry will descend upon the City of Big Shoulders for the textapalooza that is BookExpo America. BEA, held at Chicago’s McCormick Place this spring, is the “leading book and author event for the North American … Continue reading

Sensing Chicago: Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers by Adam Mack has been given an award for Superior Achievement by the Illinois State Historical Society. The awards committee noted, “This scholarly book offers a fresh look at the dynamics between the working … Continue reading

Today marks the birthday of Lucy Lawless. The woman who single-handedly turned the phrase “iconic New Zealand-born actress” from a sly joke into absolute truth, Lawless became famous as warrior princess Xena in the 1990s. Combining a handsome frame and … Continue reading

Kymberly N. Pinder is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Her book Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago explores the social and spiritual impact of African American religious art. The … Continue reading

Alan Harper left his home in England in 1979 on a pilgrimage to find the blues. His journey led him to Chicago where he worked at a sandwich restaurant and headed to the city’s blues clubs at night. On his … Continue reading

How to get away with the perfect murder is one of those bull session perennials, a topic of unending fascination. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, a pair of University of Chicago students, took the matter a little too seriously. Convinced … Continue reading

You night think a skyline would maintain a certain consistency, an unchanging nature that reflected the fact that building a skyscraper is one of humanity’s more complex undertakings. Yet recent newsicles tell us that the most storied skyline of all, Chicago’s, … Continue reading

Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story by Wayne Everett Goins has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in Historical Research in Blues, Gospel, or R&B in the 2015 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence. Goins … Continue reading

By the grace of the gods and the bulging forearms of Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs have advanced to the National League Championship Series, there to face the New York Mets. With tickets to a hypothetical World Series game at Wrigley … Continue reading