| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When he was young, John Rivera used to think Santa Claus took up permanent residence in downtown Chicago, not at the North Pole.
“That’s what it felt like,” says Rivera, 47. “I’d see Santa on TV and at Marshall Field’...
| 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 14, 2012
At a time when automobiles were rare but orphans were plentiful, a tradition began in Chicago to bring them together. The idea was simple: Why shouldn't a needy kid get to enjoy an automobile ride and fun picnic in the park?
In 1904, five children from a...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:34 PM
An 18-year-old western lowland gorilla gave birth Monday at the Brookfield Zoo, officials said today.
The infant was born in the early morning hours to Koola, according to Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.
Guests will be able...
| Dec 2, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspiration for the Obamas' first Christmas in the White House came from the house itself. Reflecting on its Georgian style, first lady Michelle Obama chose traditional decorations to reflect the scale, architecture and color...
| Feb 6, 2012
On a mild winter afternoon on Chicago's Far South Side, David Doig toured the soon-to-be home of a Wal-Mart Supercenter, now an empty lot stretching the length of 2 1/2 football fields.
The lot is a small portion of a 180-acre site that has sat empty...
| Jul 8, 2012
When Sunny Fischer was 4, her family moved into a new apartment with a shiny stove and easy access to green space and playgrounds.
"The schools were great — I had terrific teachers," Fischer says.
"There was a library within the development that I...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Scientists hope newly introduced snakes, mice and weasels will help restore the natural habitat of Lake County's open areas.
Researchers are studying, breeding and releasing these animals to increase species diversity and improve the environment in Lake...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 10:01 PM
When Rahm Emanuel was a first-time candidate for Congress, Greg Goldner was behind him, quietly marshaling the patronage troops that helped get him elected. When Emanuel ran for mayor, Goldner was there again, doling out campaign cash to elect Emanuel-...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:59 AM
Naperville's Central Park will be a dazzling spot for revelers this holiday season thanks to thousands of sparkling lights.
About 16,000 lights, that is.
The First Annual Naper Lights, a new holiday light display in downtown Naperville, debuts...
| Nov 25, 2013
'Tis the season for Aunt Mary, and host we now our dear friend Harold.
As if the stress of the holidays isn't enough on it's own, you have friends and family in town coming into town and get the added joy of serving as yuletide tour guide to your...