Crime & Law

Ban on Unaccompanied Minors in Millennium Park After 6 p.m. Takes Effect; Lightfoot Prepares to Defend Proposed Curfew Extension

The ACLU of Illinois immediately blasted the new Millennium Park policy as “... Read More

Education

‘Our Students Need More Support Than Ever’: City Committee Questions, Criticizes Proposed CPS Budget Cuts

“We’re not asking for an additional anything, just save our teachers” a... Read More

Czechs at a Tavern in Berwyn.

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Czechs In Chicago

The story of the Czech immigrant experience in Chicago, past and present. Spanning nearly two centuries of turbulent times, it shows how the Bohemians helped build and shape the city, and what Chicago did in turn, to empower them to thrive in a new land and help establish a free and sovereign Czechoslovakia.

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The True History of Ridley Road

Was there really a prominent neo-Nazi movement in England only seventeen years after Hitler was defeated?  

Colin Jordan

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Calling all Trivia Nerds!

This season, TikTok historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas joins Geoffrey Baer to test contestants on everything Chicago.  

Geoffrey Baer

Chicago Stories

Ad Campaigns Born in Chicago

The Pillsbury Doughboy, The Jolly Green Giant, and more. 

Leo Burnett’s ad agency created many iconic advertising characters. Image: Courtesy of the Leo Burnett Company

For parents

4 Ideas to Encourage Family Reading Time

It’s important to carve out quality time to spend with your kids each day.  

Dad reading with his daughter.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks about the county’s cash assistance program on May 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

Politics

Cook County to Make Cash Assistance Program Permanent: Preckwinkle

Those who are selected for the program, which will prioritize residents of suburban Cook County, will get monthly payments of $500 to 3,250 residents for two years. The first checks are expected to be cut by the end of the year, officials said.

Saffron. Photo: Courtesy of Mohammad Salehi

Food

Meet the Chicago Saffron Company That Supports Afghan Farmers

Chicago-based Heray Spice works with a farmers' co-op in Afghanistan to support Afghan farmers while providing quality saffron to chefs and at-home cooks in the United States.

In 1992, the Chicago Loop flooded after water poured into the freight tunnel system. Image: Chicago History Museum, ICHi-174349; Chicago Transit Authority, photographer

History

The Great Loop Flood of 1992

What began as a leak in a mostly forgotten underground freight tunnel system became a two-week combination of comedy-of-errors and soap opera that cost almost $2 billion.

Chicago Teachers Union Center facade (WTTW News)

Education

How the Chicago Teachers Union Election Will Impact Schools

The June 28 primary is approaching. But Friday comes another election, one that’s bound to have a big political impact: The election for leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union. 

Luna and friends.

for kids

A Walk Around the Block Can Be a Grand Adventure

When I was 11, my grandmother and I flew halfway around the world to visit my aunt and uncle, who were teaching in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey.

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