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.

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.
Jesse Jackson’s passing of the civil rights torch is an example of unselfish leadership.
The proposal aims to protect Chicago’s most iconic “vintage signs,” such as the Grace’s Furniture sign in Logan Square.
From 1977 through the mid-1980s, the resident DJ at the Warehouse was Frankie Knuckles, a record producer and remix artist hailed as the “Godfather of House Music.”
At the Paint the Hood Orange gathering, community members reflect on the history of enslaved Americans, the violence in Chicago and constructive paths forward.
The Sun-Times has covered LGBTQ+ communities with growing understanding and support for 75 years.
By 1984, after graduating with a journalism degree — and being a very out lesbian — I knew mainstream newsrooms were not for me. I was not going back into the closet for my career.
A journalist’s coming-out story in the 1970s. Straight reporters taking on the gay beat. Where are we now?
The newspaper has praised and scourged the city’s chief executives for three-quarters of a century.
Friends of the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse hopes to partner with schools and other organizations to bring children from underserved communities to the aging icon in the lake.
Useni Eugene Perkins is best known for his poem ‘Hey Black Child,’ but Mr. Perkins was a prolific author whose works ranged from children’s plays and poems to tomes documenting life on Chicago’s streets.
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Reformers were aiming to root out corruption with the advent of the 50-ward system in 1923, but illegal backroom deals have remained all too common for a legislative body that has otherwise seen massive change.
Beth Murphy loved the Cubs, but she did not fear opposing the team when it came to businesses and the interests of residents of the area, where she was loved and respected.
Parishioners were upset when the archdiocese decreed in 2022 that Our Lady of Victory would be deconsecrated and ‘relegated to profane use,’ but the Vatican took their side.