| Mar 9, 2010
Bruce Graham, the hard-driving architect of the Willis Tower, once the world's tallest building, and the John Hancock Center, the X-braced giant that became a symbol of Chicago's industrial might, has died. He was 84.
Graham died Saturday at his home...
| Aug 17, 2008
"The most interesting part about [El Morro] is the signatures of all the people going through there," reader Laura LaCour-Johnson, a native of Albuquerque, write in her nominating letter. "The best time to go is just before winter, when it's chilly but...
| Jul 4, 2008
When you've spent as many hours unpacking the text of the nation's founding documents as we have, you start to notice how many concerns that were pressing when the United States was founded remain unresolved today. This is obvious with the U.S....
| Jul 6, 2008
| 11:02 AM
"Hancock," a film about a petulant, perpetually drunken superhero, proved to be review-proof as well as bulletproof this weekend, overwhelming competitors and giving star Will Smith his fifth top-selling film on a Fourth of July weekend.
| Sep 13, 1998
"The time has come to bring order out of chaos incident to rapid growth," wrote the architect Daniel H. Burnham. The year was 1909. The place, Chicago. The occasion, the unveiling of Burnham's sweeping, visionary plan to change the face of the city on the...
| Sep 17, 2000
CONCORD, Mass. -- When the maples turn, it isn't only autumn; it's peak tourist season in New England. City people phone fall foliage lines for color updates, and back roads are clogged with eager leaf peepers. But as 19th century essayist and poet...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Commenter RB on another thread writes: Zorn states ...that Governor Quinn brazenly violated the principle of separation of powers. NOT AT ALL - he exercised a power that is granted to him in the Constitution. The Legislature and override his......
| Mar 20, 2013
| 3:43 PM
In colonial Virginia in 1654, a black man named John Casor became an answer to this trivia question: Who was the first man in the colonies to be legally declared a slave by the courts?
But the more interesting trivia question concerns Anthony Johnson,...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 9:36 PM
Congress' inability to agree on matters of import isn't exactly a new phenomenon, but the Colonial Players' current production of the musical "1776" reminds us that fiery debate has been a part of our nation from the outset.
Sherman Edwards' 1969 Tony...
| Jan 20, 2013
Jack Lew, nominated for treasury secretary, uses a series of loops as his signature. Which is fine for him personally, but may appear odd on U.S. currency. President Barack Obama said Lew "assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter...
| 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.