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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).

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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

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.

Sacred Chicago

With a past steeped in medieval counterfeits and grave robbing, relics have been saddled with a bad rap almost as long as saints have been canonized. But the tradition itself predates Christianity; recorded veneration of remains ranges from Oedipus to Buddha. Today, the Roman Catholic Church reminds the faithful that these miniscule fragments—from bone chips to locks of hair to scraps of shroud—should serve as objects of reverence, not worship. Here’s where to see a few of these artifacts locally.