Lost America: The reconstruction of 7 great U.S. buildings in Chicago and more

Lost America: The reconstruction of 7 great U.S. buildings in Chicago and more
A brick and mortar building can elicit a sense of nostalgia and longing. But why are we so fascinated with the buildings of the past? Perhaps it’s the mix of familiarity and strangeness that draws us in – we see a street we know so well, but with a time-traveling intruder atop it. In celebration... Read more »

6 'paw-some' road trips from Illinois

6 'paw-some' road trips from Illinois
Looking to have your last summer adventures before fall begins? Amy Burkert, author of “The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip” and creator of pet travel site, gopetfriendly.com has a list of jaunts  where pet owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy the outdoors on road trips from Chicago.

Want $9 million on Kickstarter? Build a better jacket. See Chicago’s top 10 funded projects.

Want $9 million on Kickstarter? Build a better jacket. See Chicago’s top 10 funded projects.
Kickstarter welcomed its 15 millionth backer this summer, and since coming online nearly a decade ago, the crowdfunding platform has helped Chicago-area entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars and launch products now known worldwide. Collectively, the area’s 10 most lucrative Kickstarter campaigns raised almost $19 million. There’s a card game built around rooting out fascism, a... Read more »
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Food options for 2018 Bears games at Soldier Field

Food options for 2018 Bears games at Soldier Field
A preview of Aramark’s 2018 food offerings for Bears games at Soldier Field.

Historic photos of the Loop's Carson Pirie Scott store

Historic photos of the Loop's Carson Pirie Scott store
Looking back at the Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store in Chicago’s Loop over the decades. Photos via Chicago Tribune

America's Best Frisbee Dogs at Soldier Field

America's Best Frisbee Dogs at Soldier Field
America’s Best Frisbee Dogs performed at halftime of the Bears-Bills preseason game at Soldier Field on Aug. 30, 2018.
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25 quintessential Midwest beers

25 quintessential Midwest beers
These aren’t the Midwest’s 25 best beers. Or the 25 most important. They are simply 25 beers essential to understanding the broad palette that is Midwest brewing. Such a list comes, of course, with ample bias, fueled mostly by location. Chicago, Cleveland, the Twin Cities and Kansas City are all vibrant corners of the Midwest,... Read more »

Blogapalooz-Hour 67: 'Write about the best thing in Chicago during the fall'

Blogapalooz-Hour 67: 'Write about the best thing in Chicago during the fall'
On the last Wednesday every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which at a specific time a topic unknown to the bloggers is sent out. Whoever decides to partake must conceive, write and then publish a post exactly one hour later. The August 2018 topic: “Write about the best thing... Read more »

PHOTOS: White Sox's Michael Kopech

PHOTOS: White Sox's Michael Kopech
Photos of Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech.
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Photos: Old Joliet Prison

Photos: Old Joliet Prison
The Old Joliet Prison, reopened after 16 years of neglect, is preparing to host public tours of the facility. The prison was built in 1858 and operated until 2002. Photos via Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune