Chicago Tribune, February 7, 2015 — Almost as soon as automobiles appeared on the streets of Chicago, people wondered whether driving induced insanity. Read more of my Chicago Tribune story.
WBEZ’s Curious City, October 2014 — A thought experiment conducted by WBEZ’s Curious City, inspired by a question posed by Chicagoan Kevin Borgia. What if one of the most famous events in Chicago history — the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 — never happened? What would the city look like today? Read — and hear — my story for WBEZ’s Curious City.
Chicago magazine, August 2014 — Failed Dreams: Chicago’s transit history is littered with grand plans that never quite got off the ground. Read my story in Chicago magazine.
Chicago Tribune, May 3, 2014 — Chicago’s fastest, rudest bicyclists were called “scorchers.” They hunched over their handlebars as they raced in the streets. Read my story in the Chicago Tribune.
WBEZ’s Curious City, April 29, 2014 — No one knows who threw the bomb near Haymarket Square on the night of May 4, 1886. It’s one of Chicago’s most vexing unsolved mysteries. But there’s little question that this violent act had huge repercussions — not only in Chicago but around the world… Read — and hear — my story for WBEZ’s Curious City.
WBEZ’s Curious City, February 10, 2014 — Tracy Miller noticed something about Chicago when she moved here nine years ago. “I meet many people who say they are native Chicagoans,” she says. “It seems like there are more natives still residing here than in other cities I have lived in.” … Read — and hear — my story for WBEZ’s Curious City.
Chicago magazine, September 5, 2013 — The Hyperloop may be in the news now, but shuttles powered by a burst of air were supposed to be the future of transportation in Chicago a century ago… Read my story for Chicago magazine.
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Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2013 — In a city where the history books are filled with calamities, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is the most legendary catastrophe of all. City officials recently announced plans to commemorate the disaster — and the remarkable urban rebirth that followed — with an October 2014 event called the Great Chicago Fire Festival… Read more of my Chicago Tribune story.
WBEZ’s Curious City, April 30, 2013 — For a long time, Chicagoans were scared of Dunning. The very name “Dunning” gave them chills. People were afraid they would end up in that place… Read — and hear — my story for WBEZ’s Curious City.
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The Huffington Post, March 5, 2013 — One of Chicago’s most famous City Council members, Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an “alderman’s star.” … Read my blog post for the Huffington Post.
Photo from the Chicago History Museum’s blog