10 years ago today from the Trib and Sun-Times: the Bears reach the Super Bowl

10 years ago today from the Trib and Sun-Times: the Bears reach the Super Bowl
Ten years ago today, the Chicago Bears advanced to Super Bowl XLI with a win over the New Orleans Saints. I wrote about this for Windy City Gridiron, and hit the microfilm at Harold Washington Library to do so. Lots of great newspaper clips that I’m not including in that story, so I wanted to... Read more »

"Unite with One Heart and One Mind" -- Barack Obama's essay on MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration

"Unite with One Heart and One Mind" -- Barack Obama's essay on MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration
On MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama published an essay in the Washington Times called "Unite with One Heart and One Mind," the title of which comes from Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address in 1801. I was in D.C. for Obama's 2009 inauguration and bought a copy of the paper, which I have saved. You can read the whole article here, but I wanted to share the images from the newspaper, which are included in the gallery. This does not tie directly to Eye On Chi's theme of Chicago journalism, but as MLK Day 2017 comes four days before the inauguration of this country's most embarrassing president-elect in at least 96 years (shoutout to Warren G. Harding), I thought it appropriate to look back at this essay for three reasons...

Chicago Tribune from the 1908 World Series -- the last Cubs champion

Chicago Tribune from the 1908 World Series -- the last Cubs champion
Hey all! As I sit here at home getting set to watch the first Northside World Series in 71 years and the second in Chicago since 2005, I wanted to share snippets from the Chicago Tribune from Oct. 9-15, 1908 — AKA The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series. These photos are straight from... Read more »
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The time I ate my first carrot at age 30, and the time I sensed lettuce

The time I ate my first carrot at age 30, and the time I sensed lettuce
Every month here at ChicagoNow, our fearless leader Jimmy Greenfield hosts Blogapalooz-Hour, a communal blogging event in which we receive a topic at 9 p.m. and must publish a blog about that topic at 10 p.m. I have not done one since November 2013, when I wrote about Chicago’s battle for a level-1 adult trauma... Read more »

Mike Royko on "Cassius Clay" vs. "Muhammad Ali," from March 1971

Mike Royko on "Cassius Clay" vs. "Muhammad Ali," from March 1971
The tributes are pouring out for Muhammad Ali, who died last night at age 74. I recommend perusing the links in this tweet from The Ringer + the two links I tweeted in reply to that tweet + pretty much Dave Zirin's entire timeline, but especially his eulogy. Naturally, one of my favorite stories I've seen in the past 24 hours came from Mike Royko, published March 7, 1971, in the Chicago Daily News. The column, "Barrow, Cream, Marchegiano, Smith, Who?" explored the long history of prizefighters changing their names, and the indifference and acceptance of sportswriters for each of them until one Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Royko's column ran the day before Ali's fight against Joe Frazier, his third fight following his three-year suspension from boxing for draft evasion. Ali was 29-0 and the undisputed heavyweight champion before he was stripped of his titles and suspended. In 1970, with Ali suspended, Joe Frazier won the vacant WBC belt. When the two men fought, Frazier was 26-0 and Ali was 31-0...

People With Passion: RedEye's BAG BOY

People With Passion: RedEye's BAG BOY
In August of 2004, with RedEye still searching for its own identity, RedEye sports editor Chris Malcolm and a writer who shall remain nameless developed an idea for a column that would encapsulate the Chicago fan experience: caustic yet passionate, humorous yet desperate, hopeful yet exacerbated. The character was Bag Boy, and since 2004 this... Read more »
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Throwback columns from RedEye's Bag Boy

Throwback columns from RedEye's Bag Boy
Since I’m running an interview tomorrow with the author of RedEye‘s Bag Boy column, I wanted to share some of his vintage columns. Enjoy! *** Make it same time, next year, please October 28, 2005 So that only took 88 years. And for those of you thinking that the bag is coming off now, think... Read more »

Chicago newspapers from the JFK assassination, November 22-25, 1963 (Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily News, American)

Chicago newspapers from the JFK assassination, November 22-25, 1963 (Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily News, American)
Being a newspaper buff, I was very excited when a friend of mine invited me to her grandmother’s house this summer to check out her newspaper collection, which included a number of papers chronicling the assassination of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. For today’s 50-year anniversary of that assassination, I am sharing photos... Read more »

Why south side trauma center activists face an uphill battle, and why they won't quit

Why south side trauma center activists face an uphill battle, and why they won't quit
For our November Blogapalooza-Hour, ChicagoNow has given us this topic: Write about a great challenge faced. By you. By someone else. By an entity. At any point in the past or in the future. Moving beyond the meta-possibilities of simply writing about the inherent challenge of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooza-Hour, the challenge on my mind today... Read more »
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The man we fed.

The man we fed.
It’s our second ChicagoNow Blogpalooz-Hour and I’m already late. At the last moment, before I started writing, I spotted my tape recorder and thought, Wouldn’t it be neat if I did it as an audio file instead of a written story? It’s neat alright. It also takes much longer than anticipated to upload. And I’m... Read more »