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Friday, January 20, 2017

In Chicago, Obama’s legacy is visible

Posted By on 01.20.17 at 10:54 PM

A mural at Glenwood and Lunt in Rogers Park commemorates the kick off of Obama's U.S. Senate campaign at the adjacent Heartland Cafe. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs
  • A mural at Glenwood and Lunt in Rogers Park commemorates the kick off of Obama's U.S. Senate campaign at the adjacent Heartland Cafe.

As the world watched Donald Trump take the oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, I traveled across the city where the 44th, Barack Obama, left his mark—literally and figuratively. Photos, murals, and other images of Barack, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha linger in storefronts in Hyde Park and pop up on buildings and viaducts in Bronzeville, Garfield Park, and Rogers Park.

For me, Obama's legacy is complicated and not flawless. But I also understand the gravity and thrill of being able to recognize myself and my own relatives in the family that, for the past eight years, occupied the nation's highest seat of power. What for so long seemed impossible became reality—and almost, but never quite, mundane. 

While the Trump administration seems intent on quickly reversing much of the progress of the Obama years, one thing is clear: in Chicago, at least, America's first black president endures.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Signs of the time: Chicago protests president-elect Trump

Posted By on 11.10.16 at 01:07 PM

Nearly 2,000 demonstrators gathered in front of Trump Tower Wednesday night to protest president-elect Donald Trump. The protest lasted nearly nine hours, ending around 1:30 AM Thursday morning.

Reader freelance photographer Carly Ries was on hand, and she captured the best handmade signs expressing the protesters' dissatisfaction.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Flying the W: Scenes from Wrigleyville during the Cubs' World Series home games

Posted By on 11.01.16 at 05:12 PM

PAUL BOUCHER
  • Paul Boucher

Freelance photographer Paul Boucher has been on hand to capture the exuberant energy of Cubs fans—and vendors looking to cash in on that energy—outside Wrigley Field as the Cubs competed in the World Series for the first time in more than 71 years.

Before you tune into game six, check out his photos from Friday's home game against the Cleveland Indians.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chicago has its own chanterelle mushroom

Posted By on 09.21.16 at 10:37 AM

The Chicago chanterelle: Cantharellus chicagoensis - COURTESY OF THE FIELD MUSEUM
  • Courtesy of the Field Museum
  • The Chicago chanterelle: Cantharellus chicagoensis

The Field Museum just announced that local scientists have named the chanterelle mushroom most commonly found in the Chicago area after the city of Chicago; henceforth it will be known as Cantharellus chicagoensis. According to the release, scientists once thought chanterelles were a single species but have discovered over the past few decades that there are more than 100 species worldwide. This naming is a rare honor: the Field Museum writes that the mushroom "will join a short lineup of species named after Chicago, including a moth and an extinct mollusk."

How can you recognize it? From the Field Museum: 

The Chicago chanterelle is a mushroom found throughout northeast Illinois and nearby regions. Although similar in appearance to other chanterelles, it varies slightly in color, with a greenish-yellow tinge when it’s young. It is characterized as mild in flavor and aroma, compared to other species, which have been likened to apricots. However, the description of this species extends beyond its immediately-apparent characteristics.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Hideout family celebrate 20 years on Saturday with a relaxed, neighborly reunion party

Posted By on 09.07.16 at 06:30 PM

The Hideout's owners celebrate the bar's 15th anniversary in 2011. Brothers Jim and Mike Hinschliff (far left, far right) and married couple Katie and Tim Tuten (center left, center right) bought the bar in 1996. - RICHARD A. CHAPMAN/SUN-TIMES
  • Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times
  • The Hideout's owners celebrate the bar's 15th anniversary in 2011. Brothers Jim and Mike Hinschliff (far left, far right) and married couple Katie and Tim Tuten (center left, center right) bought the bar in 1996.

The Hideout is holding a reunion celebration this Saturday, but you won't need to trim your hair or suck in your gut to impress people you haven't seen in decades—the party promises to be a laid-back affair, fit for friends and families. This anniversary marks 20 years that the Hideout, tucked away just off Clybourn on Wabansia by a Department of Streets & Sanitation fueling station, has been owned by brothers Jim and Mike Hinchsliff and married couple Tim and Katie Tuten.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

John Legend, Tika Sumpter, and Parker Sawyers reflect on Southside With You

Posted By on 08.26.16 at 03:30 PM

Southside with You
  • Southside with You

In the late summer of 1989, Barack Obama drove from Hyde Park to South Shore in his rickety yellow Datsun hatchback to pick up Michelle Robinson, his colleague and adviser at the Loop law firm Sidley Austin, for what would become a historic first date. The short drive is the setting of the opening-credits sequence of Southside With You, an endearing dramatization of the First Couple's initial romantic outing that stretches, like Before Sunrise, across an eventful day and night.

Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the low-budget indie—filmed in and around Chicago last summer and opening today—counts musician John Legend as an executive producer and composer; his song, "Start," plays over the end credits. Actors Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter (who's also a producer on the film) portray 28-year-old Barack and 25-year-old Michelle, respectively.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Cook County Land Bank is chipping away at abandoned properties one house at a time

Posted By on 08.12.16 at 11:22 AM

A abandoned house in Englewood photographed in 2013 - JESSICA KOSCIELNIAK / CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
  • Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times
  • A abandoned house in Englewood photographed in 2013

Imagine a county agency that doesn't rely on taxpayer dollars to operate. And not only that, but it also generates wealth and helps revitalize struggling neighborhoods.

It's not a fairytale, but how boosters describe the successes of the Cook County Land Bank Authority, now in its third year of operating.

The land bank's purpose is twofold: to buy and resell abandoned property for rehab or redevelopment, and to clear land of blighted structures and revert it to redevelopment or community uses like parks and gardens. And since it's inception in 2013, the land bank has acquired 335 properties in Chicago and suburban Cook County—mostly blighted, abandoned homes, but also vacant lots, commercial buildings, and industrial sites—in an effort to reverse the devastation of the foreclosure crisis and resulting population loss.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s deep roots in Chicago bloomed on the south side

Posted By on 08.02.16 at 05:00 PM

Muhammad Ali speaks at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago, May 11, 1967 - CHARLES HARRITY
  • Charles Harrity
  • Muhammad Ali speaks at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago, May 11, 1967

By the time Muhammad Ali moved into his Chicago residence in the 60s, he'd already claimed the title as "The Greatest." Born as Cassius Clay in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, boxing was introduced to Ali at a young age as a means to defend himself in retaliation of his stolen bicycle. However, after winning several bouts and titles, it was Ali that used boxing as a platform to defend the civil rights of people all over through his humanitarian efforts and activism.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Photos of Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, and the Roots at Taste of Chicago

Posted By and on 07.07.16 at 04:00 PM

Chance the Rapper at the Taste of Chicago on Wednesday - BOBBY TALAMINE
  • Bobby Talamine
  • Chance the Rapper at the Taste of Chicago on Wednesday
The Roots were billed as headliners on opening day of the Taste of Chicago (now in its 36th year), but the true star of the show was hometown hero Chance the Rapper, who hit the stage to join frequent collaborator Donnie Trumpet, bandleader of the Social Experiment.

Concert photographer Bobby Talamine was on hand to capture the palpable energy onstage. Check out his photos in the slideshow below:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

For 71 years, Johnson Publishing has been a family affair

Posted By on 06.28.16 at 02:00 PM

Vintage copies of JET magazine are displayed in the offices of Johnson Publishing Company on June 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. - SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Vintage copies of JET magazine are displayed in the offices of Johnson Publishing Company on June 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Born in Arkansas in 1918, John H. Johnson relocated to Chicago with his mother, Gertrude, to further his education after his father, Leroy, was killed in a sawmill accident when Johnson was just six years old. After graduating from DuSable High School and the University of Chicago in 1942, Johnson took out a $500 loan using his mother’s furniture as collateral to open the doors of Johnson Publishing Company.

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