History

3D
ago

How the Deep South Came to Chicago

Rail lines between Chicago and Mississippi established ties that have endured long after the Great Migration—and these southern roots even reach west into Iowa.

3W
ago

Why Millions of Americans Still Use AOL

In rural Illinois, expensive, bad broadband leaves dial-up as the best option for internet access—and then, using AOL actually makes economic sense.

1 month
ago

How Health and Housing Relate to Crime in Chicago

Low birth weight, childhood lead poisoning, pre-term births, and infant mortality rate all go hand in hand with the crime rate—but there are significant differences in how neighboring communities are affected.

2 months
ago

America Is Finally Ready to Love Soccer

The U.S. team is unlikely to break through this afternoon to the quarterfinals. But either way, the U.S. seems likely, at last, to have a role in the beautiful, global game.

2 months
ago

Look at the Second City Improv Crew in 1997

A WTTW documentary shows early footage of of Tina Fey, Rachel Dratsch, and more—and reveals why a successful improv performance doesn’t necessarily mean laughter.