A photograph of Penn Station’s interior from the 1930s.
We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn't resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
A pedestrian walks past a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper box.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
Giving labor unions a financial stake in a company such as a newspaper can offer unique advantages that could benefit employees, society and the bottom line.
Back in the 1930s, people like this pear peddler in New York City’s Lower East Side often got their news from labor-led media.
The newspaper's new owners harken back to a tradition of labor-led media in the early part of the 20th century, which represented a bulwark against corporate power.
On the left, Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Manifestation of the Peak’ (1834); on the right, Wright’s rendering of the Huntington Hartford Resort project (1947)
© The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ
When the young Wright moved to Chicago to work for the architect Joseph Silsbee, he was introduced to Japanese prints. It changed his career, and very possibly the course of American architecture.
Capturing the moment for the internet.
Yelp and Twitter can help us spot food poisoning outbreaks quickly. But a new study shows the data favor some communities over others.
How does bad data affect predictive policing algorithms?
Crime data reflect only what crimes are identified by the police – not all the crimes that occur. So decisions based on crime data are necessarily biased and incompletely informed.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (right) with protestor on Aug. 5, 2016.
AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim
The DOJ has found excessive use of force in the Baltimore, Ferguson and Chicago police departments. Could a solution be found by seeing the police as victims of violence as well?
The Black Panthers and Young Patriots hold a press conference in 1969.
Could a similar coalition emerge today?
At one time, Bibles and Sears catalogs were printed here. Now, this building is known as the Lakeside Technology Center, one of the largest data centers in the world.
Data centers are taking over the factories where workers once processed checks, baked bread and printed Bibles. What will the rise of the information-based economy mean for American cities?
Sam Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, on the field prior to a 1984 National League playoff game.
No team in sports has inspired better literature than the hapless Chicago Cubs. The oeuvre includes a little-known tale by W.P. Kinsella: 'The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.'
They're a global phenomenon – but gangs are so varied that they barely merit the same name.
A protester outside the Republican convention in Cleveland.
RNC protests in Cleveland have been peaceful, but are they effective? A historian explains what happened at the DNC in 1968 and why activists may want to reconsider their tactics.
Father and son before the Muslim funeral prayer for Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky.
Islam is often presented as an unchanging monolith. But as the emergence of 'third spaces' outside home and mosque shows, the American Muslim community exemplifies the diversity of American society.
Chicago Police Department officers walk down Michigan Avenue during a protest of last year’s shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
Reform of police departments must include a reexamination of why cops and civilians come in contact so frequently in the first place.
Demonstrators protest Laquan McDonald’s shooting in Chicago.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by police in the US this year alone. Unlike the officer who shot Laquan McDonald, few are ever charged.
Rahm Emanuel wins second term as mayor of Chicago.
A centrist against a liberal in Chicago but that's an outcome that reflects the city's unique political landscape
Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia speaks to supporters at a rally.
Opposition politics by progressives have long played a role in Chicago's mayoral elections. Now incumbent Rahm Emanuel seems to have the role once held by the legendary Mayor Richard J Daley.
Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Tuesday's Chicago mayoral run-off reveals fissures within the city's Democratic infrastructure and demonstrates potential divisions in the national Democratic Party
US National Archives and Records Administration
Black History Month provides an opportunity to pull back the curtain and turn the spotlight on individuals who made a difference in the successes of the civil rights movement during the 1960s. I had the…
Citizens and police officers.
The use of lethal force by police officers in Ferguson and Staten Island has raised many concerns about the dynamic between police and citizens and underlined the fact that all time favorite fictional…