Chicago History

Take a deep dive into Chicago’s storied history. In “This Week in History,” we revisit articles from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News archives.

Fences were erected days after Preservation Chicago put the buildings at 202 and 220 S. State St. on its ‘most endangered’ list, calling for efforts to save them.
The 2400-series CTA rail cars have been listed for $35,000 on Facebook Marketplace. But you have to go get them — and they weigh 54,000 pounds apiece.
The great-great granddaughter of a man who bought 15 family members out of slavery donated more than 1,700 cookbooks to Kennedy-King College.
Researchers last year found an unserved search warrant on an accuser connected to the Chicago teen’s torture and death. Till’s cousin wants the warrant served on Carolyn Bryant.
Third World Press Foundation, the renowned Black publishing company on Chicago’s South Side, experienced a flood in December that caused $200,000 in damage.
One piece of mail on the block features faded red fountain pen looping across an envelope mailed in 1833 from Chicago to Connecticut. Another is an envelope from the 1860s with the words “Death to Traitors” stamped in one corner — which showed support for the North during the Civil War.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum collaborates with the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring his message to a new generation.
Just 113 objections were filed against candidates’ nominating petitions for the 2023 municipal election. That’s the lowest number for a municipal election since 1983.
Thousands of spectators used to cheer on skaters during the competition’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. This year, the attendance was sparse but no less enthusiastic.
The poet will serve a two-year term and be awarded a grant of $50,000 for the commissioning of new poems and to create public programs, including for youth and students.
The designation will help preserve over 200 historical assets in Bronzeville and bring up to $1 million annually to the area over a 10- to 15-year span.
Power helped found the American Indian Center in Chicago.
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on the UIC campus is sharing its reported supernatural history in a series of events this month.
“Every Goddamn Day” is being published Wednesday by the University of Chicago Press.
The Nazi invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II. Here’s how Chicagoans reacted to the news.
Jackson died in 1972, but her legacy lives on. The longtime Chicago resident is said to have influenced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech after she performed at the March on Washington in 1963.
A prominent physician and advocate for Chicago’s Mexican American community, Prieto worked hard to make health care available to the city’s Spanish-speaking residents. He died Aug. 21, 2001.
Long live the King — Elvis Presley’s unexpected death on Aug. 16, 1977 led to an outpouring of love from Chicagoans.
The Chicago publisher became one of the most prominent voices in the city as his magazines celebrating the Black community, Ebony and Jet, reached untold heights. Here’s how he did it.