Dr. Cyrus Teed’s cult-like religion attracted death threats and broke up marriages in late 19th century Chicago.
From 1900 to 1905, his photographs captured slices of everyday life.
Meet Dr. John Dill Robertson, the “utterly unqualified” head of the Chicago Health Department
The deaths of nearly a thousand sailors at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1918 hold lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photos from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century show Chicago in love and at play.
A sheriff, a pack of journalists, and three sergeants walked into a field of weed . . . with flamethrowers.
Travel tips for Chicago from 1893 (yes, you should tip your servers).
A century ago, the Committee of Fifteen hunted for “houses of ill-fame.”
Franklin A. Denison was no rabble-rouser, but the Bureau of Investigation said he sparked the 1919 race riot.
Fence-hopping sea lions, a chilled-out coyote, and more animal exploits from history
Letters home from two WWI soldiers, one white, one Black, explain the 1919 Chicago race riot as well as any history book.
How Mayor Richard J. Daley’s ambitious plan failed to take flight
A quiz on some of the less obvious entries in a 1967 police-training dictionary
The story of forgotten Chicago vaudevillian and superfast typist Birdie Reeve
From humble and hilarious beginnings on the south side in 1887, the sport grew into a favorite pastime for women and the working class.