Chicago History

Take a deep dive into Chicago’s storied history. In “This Week in History,” we revisit articles from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News archives.

It began in 1970 with the death of Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell, a colorful old school downstate pol known for cutting deals that benefited southern Illinois — and himself. And the long tawdry saga could soon see its final chapter with the expected sale of a country home in Vienna, Ill.
Robert Montgomery, the new executive director, was raised minutes from Pullman in the Rosemoor neighborhood. The foundation’s goal is to make Pullman a draw for visitors from across Chicago and the nation.
The museum, at 104 S. Michigan Ave., will close July 27 and join forces with the Pritzker Military Archives Center.
The bobblehead museum partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to release 50 unique figurines, including models of the Chicago American Giants’ Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Foster.
For Route 66’s centennial in 2026, the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to help tell a collection of stories along the highway.
Despite Chicago’s reputation as a two-fisted newspaper town, experts say it will mark the first time editorial employees have walked out at one of the city’s major daily papers. “There’s never been a newspaper strike in Chicago,” said Rob Warden, a longtime award-winning journalist. “It’s never happened.”
The Chicago Daily Times, a forebear of this paper, did its part to warn of those who wanted a Nazi America.
Dexter King was the third of the civil rights leader’s four children. He was an attorney who worked to protect the family’s intellectual property and chaired the King Center.
A Shure audio intercession with TikTok historian Sherman Dilla Thomas touches on both Chicago’s rich technological past and his bright media future.
In its 75-year history, the Sun-Times has had its share of doozies, from wrongly declaring Ford would be Reagan’s running mate to accidentally publishing an obituary for the teachers union president before she died.
Firefighters were called to the home at 45th and South Michigan Avenue twice on Sunday to put down a fire. The blaze is being investigated as an arson. No one was hurt.
A push to memorialize the Illinois Black Panther Party on the National Register of Historic Places has advanced to the national level.
The U.S. General Services Administration and the federal judges pushing for demolition would do well to hear and abide by what could be a flood of testimony next week in favor of saving the buildings.
Films on WTTW-Channel 11 offer context for key junctures from the Our Lady of the Angels fire to Mayor Richard J. Daley’s urban renewal efforts.
This year marks nearly seven decades since the 14-year-old boy from the South Side was killed in Mississippi. Here’s a look at how the Sun-Times covered his death in 1955, including Mamie Till Bradley’s decision to show the world the brutality he endured at the hands of white supremacists.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the CTA will run historic 4000-series cars from its “Heritage Fleet” around the Loop in celebration of its 100th service anniversary.
‘What Emmett did, he gave up a lot, but it helped a lot of people. And he still speaks from the grave,’ Emmett Till’s cousin, the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., who witnessed Till being kidnapped, told the Sun-Times.
“These places contain historic objects that illuminate the complicated fabric of our Nation and the injustice and inequality that Black people continue to experience today,” President Joe Biden said in signing the proclamation Tuesday.
A White House official said Biden will sign a proclamation Tuesday to establish the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument in Chicago and Mississippi.