A new exhibit at the American Writers Museum featres prominent and lesser-known Black authors, poets, and journalists.
Queer history through the eyes of the Reader
“Y oung Hyde Park male seeks other young males to get it on with.” A phone number followed, along with the young man’s availability: days, as well as Friday and Saturday. The Chicago Reader’s first explicitly gay content came not in a blistering exposé, music feature, or show review, but in the classifieds, the backpages […]
“City on Fire: Chicago 1871”
From its humble beginnings as a settlement founded by the Haitian Afro-Frenchman Jean Baptiste Point du Sable in the late 18th century, Chicago experienced explosive growth in the 19th century to become a hub of American economic and industrial innovation and progress. As wars and the forcible removal of the region’s indigenous population opened up […]
We’re living (and dying) in a historic moment
Chicago History Museum is collecting the city’s pandemic experience.
Chicago History Museum keeps the virtual lights on
Departing president Gary Johnson talks about going digital in a pandemic.
Remembering forgotten lesbian history
“Lavender Women & Killer Dykes” at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives shines a light on the people, places, and publications that shaped Chicago’s lesbian culture.
In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr pulls back the curtain on American imperialism.
“The history of the United States,” says the Northwestern prof, “is the history of empire.”
Was Casimir Pulaski intersex?
A new documentary gives the general a coming-out party 240 years after his death.