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From Meatpacking to Michelin Stars

Restaurants share stories and cultures through the ultimate human experience—breaking bread together. At first glance, one may equate Chicago with hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, and Italian beef sandwiches, but throughout the city, you can find Michelin-starred restaurants, innovative culinary experiences, and revolutionary cocktail bars. We’re even the host city for the James Beard Awards. Trace our More


Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Every spring, Chicagoans eagerly anticipate baseball season to fly the W, cheer on the good guys in black, and revel in the rivalry.  Since today was supposed to be the official opening day of Major League Baseball, we’re reliving our favorite—and even some not-so-great—memories of our beloved Cubs and Sox. Explore the blog. Opening Day More


Happy Birthday to the “Mother of Feminism”

Acclaimed journalist and author, award-winning producer, political activist, and undeterrable feminist organizer Gloria Steinem celebrates her 86th birthday today. Her long list of accolades and accomplishments continues to grow as she fights for equality around the world. Today, we recognize her contributions by revisiting her 1982 interview with Studs Terkel where they discuss the history More


Message from the Chicago History Museum

To the Chicago History Museum community, As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, supporting our community in the fight to contain the virus is more important than ever. As the local medical community let it be known that PPE (personal protective equipment) was in short supply, we realized that getting the PPE that we use More


“They have to admire my guts”

“I’ve got guts, and they have—even if they hate what I’m fighting for—they have to admire my guts.” Madalyn Murray O’Hair was a leading activist for atheism and separation of church and state. She founded American Atheists and is best known for the Murray v. Curlett lawsuit, which challenged the policy of mandatory prayers and Bible reading in Baltimore public schools. More


A Plea for Sun-cooked Foods

Proving that plant-based diets are not a passing fad, we found this guide for greener living in the stacks of our Research Center. “The Vegetarian and Our Fellow Creatures” (1901) is the earliest known instance of vegetarianism in our collection. The pamphlet was copublished by the Illinois Anti-Vivisection Society, Chicago Vegetarian Society, and the Vegetarian Society More

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