| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:44 PM
In 1926, Peggy Rieser opened Ravinia Nursery School in her home's basement along a ravine adjacent to Ravinia Park.
Twelve young children attended.
In 2014, Ravinia Nursery, located on Red Oak Avenue in Highland Park, continues to thrive as a...
| Nov 20, 2013
We can only guess at what Daniel Burnham might have proposed for the social improvement of Chicago, the part of his plan he intended to write and never did. However, we do have a social plan from that era that was at least as influential, possibly more so...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 6:41 PM
The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Sunday that it wants to house President Barack Obama's future library and museum, joining a growing list of contenders.
UIC is exploring at least five sites on its Near West Side campus, said university...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Robert Sickinger, a pivotal figure in the development of Chicago's off-Loop theater scene, died Thursday morning at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Sickinger was 86. His daughter, Erika, said her father died from natural causes.
To the extent that...
| Jun 23, 2013
Shortly before Illinois women won the right to vote, 100 years ago this week, the state's delegation to a suffragettes march in Washington was bitterly divided over the issue of what to call each other. Belle Squire, herself unmarried, insisted on...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Jackie Taylor, the founder and artistic director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, is staring at an utterly transformative fall.
On Nov. 18, the $19 million new Black Ensemble Theater will open at the hitherto moribund 4450 North Clark St.,...
| Apr 22, 2012
Quick, name Chicago's Nobel Peace Prize winners. President Barack Obama and Hull House co-founder Jane Addams are two. But the third? That would be former Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, who lived in Evanston and whose lakefront mansion is now the...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Oct 28, 2011
| 4:34 PM
For a fourth year, a Wilmette pre-teen is setting the wheels in motion for a bicycle donation program that benefits needy children in Chicago. Nicole …...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 4:32 AM
Lanford Wilson's play “Balm in Gilead” at Steppenwolf Theatre in 1980, starring Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise (background) and William Petersen. • Read the Tribune's obituary for Lanford Wilson (posted March 24, 2011) The first time Gary...
| Sep 20, 2010
| 12:54 PM
"Jane Addams: Spirit in Action"
By Louise W. Knight
W. W. Norton & Company, 352 pages, $28.95
After the Daughters of the American Revolution revoked Jane Addams’ membership because of her opposition to World War I, she joked, “I had supposed...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 1:10 PM
"Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women"
By Maud Lavin
The MIT Press, 312 pages, $27.95
Aggression provokes complex feelings. On the one hand, we think of aggressive people as pushy, domineering, and quite possibly violent or threatening. At...