History

History  Jul 16th 2004Opening Day of Millennium Park

Constructed over the train yards that once defined the city, Millennium Park is emblematic of Chicago’s shift from a city defined by modern industry, to one determined by finance, culture, tourism, and lifestyle. — Full Story

History  Aug 28th 1968Police Riot, Democratic National Convention

The conflict over race, wealth, military action, and political power played out violently on a national stage, and was broadcast live from Mayor Daley's Chicago. — Full Story

History  May 6th 1968John Hancock Center Tops Out

Designed by Bruce Graham and engineered by Fazlur Khan, both of SOM, the 100-story tall John Hancock Center is a vertical city within the city, containing offices, condominiums, restaurants, shops, and parking. Groundbreaking at the time of its completion, the tower debuted Khan’s “trussed tube” structural system — Full Story

History  Jan 1st 1951860-880 Lakeshore Drive

Designed as a prototype for postwar urban housing, these apartment buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe served as a model not only for his own subsequent skyscrapers, but for those of many architects throughout the world. — Full Story

History  Jan 1st 1937Founding of the New Bauhaus

In 1937, former Bauhaus instructor László Moholy-Nagy moved to Chicago to direct a “New Bauhaus.” Though short-lived under that name, Moholy went on to head an independent school that later became IIT’s Institute of Design. — Full Story

History  May 27th 1934Crystal House, Century of Progress Exposition

Chicago’s 1933-34 world’s fair was devoted to visions of the future, and especially to the role of technology in everyday life. — Full Story

History  Feb 14th 1929St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Prohibition brought celebrity, riches, and violence to Chicago gangland bosses like Al Capone and Bugs Moran, whose rival factions controlled the city's booze traffic, brothels, and casinos. — Full Story

History  Jan 1st 1909Traffic on Dearborn and Randolph

Chicago has always been a logistics center. Historically overlaid networks of water, rail, highway, and air travel make today’s city a major node in the vast systems of global commerce.  — Full Story

History  Jan 1st 1909Plan of Chicago

Co-authored by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett, the Plan of Chicago challenged the non-hierarchical grid on which the city had grown, proposing instead a Baroque composition of plazas, avenues, and parks arranged symmetrically around an artificial harbor and civic center. — Full Story