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Read more of the article: "Then and Now: A Brief History of the Chicago ‘L’"

Then and Now: A Brief History of the Chicago ‘L’

Posted 6 days ago in Then and Now

3 MIN READ - If you are missing your commute, "ride the rails" with the CTA and read up on the iconic mode of transportation for any Chicagoan. 

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Read more of the article: "Chicago Loop: Home of Movable Bridges"

Chicago Loop: Home of Movable Bridges

Posted 11 months ago in Then and Now

4 MIN READ - When you’re in downtown Chicago, it’s easy to look up and get lost in the stunning architecture, glittering Theatre District lights, and iconic public art. We...

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Read more of the article: "Bertha Palmer’s Chocolate Brownie: The Hidden Gem of Chicago"

Bertha Palmer’s Chocolate Brownie: The Hidden Gem of Chicago

Posted 13 months ago in Then and Now, Restaurants and Dining

2 MIN READ - Food helps define a place, which is why deep dish pizza, hotdogs, and popcorn come to mind when you think of Chicago. Surprisingly, only some locals...

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Read more of the article: "History of State Street: How It Remained a Great Street"

History of State Street: How It Remained a Great Street

Posted 16 months ago in Landmarks, Then and Now

5 MIN READ - State Street is Chicago’s iconic retail corridor, with such anchors as Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields), Block 37, the Sullivan Center Target, and more. The Red Line...

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Read more of the article: "History of Chicago Loop’s Christkindlmarket"

History of Chicago Loop’s Christkindlmarket

Posted 17 months ago in Family Friendly, Then and Now

Christkindlmarket brings a century-old tradition to Chicago’s holiday spirit.

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Read more of the article: "12 Fun Facts about Millennium Park"

12 Fun Facts about Millennium Park

Posted 4 years ago in Then and Now, Landmarks

What once began as a railroad and parking lot is now one of the most iconic places in the city of Chicago: Millennium Park. It has been 12 years since Millennium...

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Read more of the article: ""Sweet Home Chicago" - Celebrating Chicago's Candy History"

"Sweet Home Chicago" - Celebrating Chicago's Candy History

Posted 5 years ago in Then and Now

It's no secret that Chicagoans have a sweet tooth; it's in our history. Chicago has been the “candy capital of the world” since the late 1800s. Tootsie Rolls, Brach’s, Frango,...

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Read more of the article: "Then and Now: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel"

Then and Now: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Posted 5 years ago in Then and Now, Restaurants and Dining, Hotels

With a record number of tourists coming to Chicago last year, the Loop has become a magnet for hoteliers wishing to capitalize on this growth. Six months into the year, we've...

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Read more of the article: "From Rail Yard to Chicago's Front Yard: Millennium Park"

From Rail Yard to Chicago's Front Yard: Millennium Park

Posted 6 years ago in Then and Now

I’ve written about Millennium Park in a few different contexts already, but this time – in celebration of the Park's tenth anniversary today – let’s talk Chicago history.

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Read more of the article: "Artist's Corner: The Chicago Picasso"

Artist's Corner: The Chicago Picasso

Posted 6 years ago in Then and Now, Arts and Culture

The Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza may be the strangest of the Loop’s many artistic landmarks. Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding its purpose and intent, the Picasso remains iconic of the City of...

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