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City Life

3 months
ago

Radiation Underfoot

Deep beneath a Cook County forest preserve rest relics of the atomic age. A local artist captures the energy still emanating from them.

3 months
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A Prohibition-Era Tunnel

There’s more than spilled beer beneath your feet at this North Side bowling alley.

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Closet of Dreams

In the basement of the Chicago History Museum, out of sight of the throngs of visitors upstairs, resides a shoe collection that any woman worth her Louboutins would kill for. From silk slippers worn by the Gilded Age’s 1 percent to modest boots for Industrial Revolution laborers, the trove spans four centuries. (The Nike Air Jordans from MJ’s “The Shot” against the Cavs in the 1989 playoffs are kept in a refrigerated room to preserve the plastic.) A private tour is just a phone call away.

3 months
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Paintings for the People

A one-of-a-kind art collection in a most unlikely place: a Chicago Park District field house on the South Side

3 months
ago

A Basement Zoo

Peacocks, budgies, chickens, and a tortoise—it’s a real-life wild kingdom underneath this suburban home.

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