Wanted dead or alive: Chicago historic sites from crypts to culture

It wasn't too awfully long ago that people from other countries associated Chicago with Al Capone and later those "Lovable Losers," the Chicago Cubs. By the 1990's, one Michael Jordan put Chicago on the map for his glorious ways with a basketball, and more recently, the curse of the billy goat was flounced when the Cubs finally won the World Series. The losing is behind Chi but you can still experience one of the very few historic ballparks in the country at Wrigley Field.  

Illustrious citizens in the city's past include the formidable Jane Addams  whose work changed international and national public policy in a time when women were to be seen and not heard; George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company, who created a model neighborhood  for his factory workers; and Frank Lloyd Wright, who needs no introduction but it's good to remind that his Robie House is a masterpiece of Prairie style architecture. Take the opportunity to visit the Chicago Cultural Center for a landmark that is anything but stuffy. 

Chicago claims one of the country's legendary Victorian graveyards. Many of Graceland's tombs are artistically and architecturally renowned and embrace the remains of more than a few famous Chicago characters including Marshall Field, George...  Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright made his enduring mark in the Chicago area where he lived and worked for the first 20 years of his career. The Hyde Park neighborhood is home to Wright's masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House, one of the best examples of...  Read More

Lincoln Park

Life long Chicagoans have no doubt passed the spooky, weathered mausoleum in Lincoln Park with the one-word inscription, "COUCH." Ostensibly, it holds the remains of one Ira Couch, because, after all, Lincoln Park used to be the site of City...  Read More

Open since 1925, Union Station remains Chicago's intercity rail terminal and the largest terminal for commuter trains. The facility cost $75 million dollars to build - more than $1 billion in today's dollars- with an exterior of Indiana Bedford...  Read More

The Glessner House was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, an architect whose work inspired Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect collaborated with John Glessner to design a home symbolizing happy family life,...  Read More

The Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869, is certainly a fairy tale design for something that was merely dressing for a 135 foot iron standpipe. Not only pretty and rather mysterious in a Gothic Revival way, the old gal survived the great Chicago...  Read More

As the current Zeitgeist mulls immigration, a stop at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum may serve us well. Hull House was a Near West Side settlement house co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr open to newly arrived European...  Read More

Wrigley Field

Even though there's a fancy hotel, shiny retail and a multi-use outdoor plaza being constructed at and near Wrigley Field, the historic stadium retains its old timey friendly atmosphere for fans of the beloved Chicago Cubs. Don't be too down...  Read More

Conceived by George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company, as a model neighborhood for his factory workers, this late 19th-century town originally featured residences, a school, hotel, bank, church, and ahead-of-their-time...  Read More

From 1897 to 1991, the magnificent building served as Chicago's first central public library dazzling visitors with access to knowledge but also two stunning stained-glass domes, intricate mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored...  Read More


Meet Jacky Runice

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and...  More About Jacky