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As we celebrate the start of Germany's Oktoberfest on Saturday, and as we mourn the recent death of connoisseur Michael "The Beer Hunter" Jackson, let's investigate the civilizing qualities of beer. 1. Why did the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock instead...
Tags: Belvidere, Cleveland Indians, Plymouth, Virginia, Illinois
Tribune staff reporterThe history of Chicago -- a river runs through it. In 1673, the site that would become Chicago was first seen by Europeans. Father Jacques Marquette and explorer Louis Joliet paddled along the South Branch of the river near where now rises the Michigan...
Tribune staff reporterIt's changing here too. For the better? For the most part. But there's a tug--and we'll get to that a little later.For sure, Lake Geneva is on a roll. It's surrounded by booming development on its edges that's beginning to ease closer to town, for one...
Staff reporterPHOTOGRAPHS OF THE AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE OF 1871 Exhibition at the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue April 3 - August 23, 2009 The City Gallery is open seven days a week, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6:30 pm, and Sunday, 10 am - 5...
Tags: Bank of America Corp., Banking, Photography, Soccer, Culture
Tribune architecture criticSeeking to capitalize on Millennium Park's soaring popularity, the Art Institute of Chicago on Tuesday will unveil the final design for its soon-to-be-built new wing, including a superlong footbridge that would shoot like a glistening knife over the park'...
Tribune staff reporterIn a personal and strictly unscientific observation, the world of weekend getawayers seems to be divided into two groups: Chicagoans who have been to Saugatuck, Mich., and Chicagoans who have not. Upon hearing that I was going to Saugatuck, their...
Tags: Golf, Travel, Tourism and Leisure, Lotteries, Transportation
Special to the TribuneFresh from the Netherlands, a small nation dotted with dikes, ditches, deltas and dams, the Dutch who settled here in early 1847 well knew the terrors of living next to the sea. But because they also understood the enormous importance of waterways for...
Tags: Holidays, Furniture, Local Elections, U.S. Postal Service, Book
Everyone loves a good scare. Witness the success of the horror movie genre, wild amusement park rides, and the increasing popularity of adventure sports. While these thrills provide a good adrenaline rush, not all scares have a happy ending. In just...
Washington BureauThough the death toll from Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon appears to be less than originally feared, the loss of life is still expected to be the worst in the history of U.S. domestic disasters. It will far...
Tribune staff reporterWestern Springs is a pretty, quiet community about 17 miles west of Chicago's Loop. The schools are excellent and so are village services. There are four options for garbage pick-up, allowing residents to decide how often and how much to pay. And...
Tribune staff reporterThis is the Around Lake Michigan Drive. It can be a good one. Attitude is the key to enjoying it. Unless you catch some fall color, the roadside scenics for the most part are not spectacular. When you can't see the lake--and most of the time, you can't--...
Tags: Mrs. O'Leary, Golf, Jackson Park, Pies and Tarts, Crimes
Tribune staff reporterBurnham Hotel: Daniel Burnham, a visionary architect and urban planner, was the chief of construction and director of works of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and co-author of the far-sighted 1909 Plan of Chicago. Carson Pirie Scott &...
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