NEWS articles

The Obama effect

Every so often, a spontaneous cheer ripples through the crowd at Grant Park -- apparently for no reason at all.

almost 6 years ago | Megan Cottrell

Columbia faculty firing sparks student protest

Columbia College of Chicago students are preparing to protest the firing of a professor who used derogatory words in class this semester. The students say they were used to prove a point, not to cause harm.

6 years ago | Peter Sachs

Kerouac manuscript on display at Columbia College

The 120-foot scroll of paper on which Jack Kerouac typed the draft of his 1957 book "On the Road" is on display at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts.

6 years ago | Robert O'Connor

Columbia College buys land for production facility

Columbia College purchases a piece of property that will eventually be home to a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art sound stage and production building.

6 years ago | Peter Sachs

Forty years after DNC violence, hippies rule Grant Park again

The only thing yesterday's re-enactment of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests lacked was tear gas and police violence. Instead, officers on bicycle paid little attention to the 200 people assembled for Reenact '68, even though organizers lacked a permit for the event.

6 years ago | Martin Miller

On Fire or Melting Down?

Sox' sins catch up to them in Minnesota.

6 years ago | Mike DePilla

Locals angle for roles in Johnny Depp film

It's long hours, hard work and little pay, but the chance to appear as an extra in the movie "Public Enemies" - being filmed throughout the city this month - draws plenty of local interest.

over 6 years ago | Mary Brophy

Workers rally to mark five-year anniversary of strike

Hotel workers have manned picket lines at the Congress Plaza Hotel for 15 hours a day, seven days a week since 2003. They are seeking better wages and benefits.

over 6 years ago | Claire Bushey

Historic hotel reopens after $128 million makeover

The South Loop's historic Blackstone hotel, host to presidents, movie stars and political intrigue, but vacant since 1999, has reopened following a three-year renovation project.

over 6 years ago | Matthew C.K. Bradwell

CHA gets an earful at public comment session

A crowd of roughly 200 people attended the meeting on the South Side. Many worry proposed changes will have far-reaching, detrimental effects on residents' lives.

over 6 years ago | Claire Bushey

A home for bike messengers

South Loop watering hole draws pedalers

almost 7 years ago | DARRYL SWINT

Newest addition to McCormick Place opens

$882 million facility features huge ballroom

7 years ago | Geoff Wallin

Crews to demolish historic South Loop building

Building was designed by master architect Louis Sullivan

almost 8 years ago | LOGAN MOLYNEUX

Unidentified man pulled from Chicago River

Body had been in water for a week, cops say

8 years ago | Julie Segraves

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