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Time Exposure

Since 1837, the city of Chicago and the art of photography have come of age together. Here, in a timeline that stretches across parts of three centuries, a look at several important local photographers, as well as some significant dates in the history of Chicago (in red) and photography (in blue)

Two Blocks of Bling

For more than a century, the Jewelers Row district has been a hard-hustling center of lapidary commerce. The city designated the area, along Wabash Avenue between Washington and Monroe streets, a Chicago landmark in 2003 for its significant mix of A-list architects. Diamonds, of course, are forever—here’s a tour of some hallowed halls that deserve the same fate (just in time for your holiday shopping).

Table of Contents

Features Unseen Chicagoby Brittney BlairCelebrating photography from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, these 29 delightful but forgotten pictures, culled from dozens of collections, invoke history, beauty, emotion, and memories. Sudden Impactby Bryan SmithIn the 1969 Days of Rage, antiwar radical Brian Flanagan and city lawyer Richard Elrod collided, changing their lives and creating an … Read more

10 For the Ages

On the morning of November 2, 1948, as voters headed to the polls to choose between the incumbent Harry S. Truman and New York governor Thomas E. Dewey for president, the Chicago Daily Tribune’s Washington bureau chief, Arthur Sears Henning, had already begun his story for the next day’s papers. Based on polling results, he … Read more

Ka-ching in the Season

If the holidays seem to take a bigger bite out of your budget every year, it’s not your imagination. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a grand total of $457.4 billion at retail stores this holiday season, an increase of 5 percent over 2005. Chicago’s contribution to that total will be roughly $12.8 billion.