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The greatest generation prefers the spoken word.…
The minute I become friendly with a man he wants me to keep his divorce out of the paper or something.
May your icebox be full of cold treats and beverages.…
A newspaper is an institution developed by modern civilization to present the news of the day, to foster commerce and industry, to inform and lead public opinion, and to furnish that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide.
Raising a glass in support of this sentiment. Our fair city is among the finest in the world.…
The newspaper publisher who hangs around clubs or becomes a crony to sundry business men cannot run a good newspaper.
I still haven't forgiven Truman for this photo op.…
Who approved this price? Come to my office posthaste.…
“The big reason for his Tribune’s success is that McCormick has simply made it indispensable,” Time commented on June 9, 1947. “No paper in all Chicagoland can match its overwhelming coverage of the news." Still rings true.
How we celebrated the 100th anniversary, 75 years ago to the day. Even the rival Daily News was complimentary: “We salute the Chicago Tribune and its publisher upon the second century of exciting, meteoric and controversial journalistic adventures.” Cheers to another 175 years.
The jig is up. Amid the renovations at Tribune Tower, they finally found me in my office on the 24th floor. With the move, it’s time to resurface and make my grand debut on Twitter again.
Meet some of the people who made the Tribune at the Tower. Photos:
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As the Trib prepares to move out of Tribune Tower, take a look back at the history of "the world's most beautiful office building."
It isn't geographically accurate and it certainly wasn't approved by the city, but this rare 1931 map of Chicago's "Gangland" could be yours — for 20,000 pounds
Hot off the presses, or more accurately, fresh from a box unearthed today from the Tribune’s archives: Boxing legend Jack Johnson in an undated photo in Chicago. #JackJohnson #boxing #boxinghistory #legend
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Hello, friends! If you'd like to keep up with the interesting things we find in the @chicagotribune archives, please join us in our new Chicagoland history Facebook group
Chicago's Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson, right with baseball, and William Wrigley Jr., second from left, at opening for the #ChicagoCubs in 1927. #OpeningDay2018 #OpeningDay #FirstPitch
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Miller’s Pub, the historic Loop bar and restaurant founded in 1935, has reopened after a $1 million renovation
In The Colonel’s lair: plaster ceiling decoration celebrating his Yale secret society, Scroll and Key.
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The era of dogs at the Shedd Aquarium ended over the weekend, and with it ended the era of people being surprised to learn that the Shedd Aquarium has dogs
Iconic Wrigley Building expected to go up for sale, could fetch more than $200 million
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The 1923 "epic of the frozen north" — and the amazing newspaper race to get the story
From the archives: On Feb. 21, 1995, Chicagoan Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon
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It seems like it was just yesterday when Carson's Ribs opened at Wells and Ontario. But no worries, my rib-loving friends! They will be moving into a new home soon.
Shovel your neighbor's sidewalk, help push out a stuck car, and don't whine. Friends, here's a reminder from @MarySchmich about how the best Chicagoans handle snowstorms
My latest for the Tribune's wonderful Flashback section. Is there such a thing as the "archive beat"? I think I'm on it.…
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Alas, more newspapers are departing their landmark homes. Architecture critic @BlairKamin explains why that matters:
How Col. McCormick set the stage for the Pentagon Papers court victory
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From the archives: On Jan. 16, 1967, McCormick Place was destroyed by a fire. One person, a security guard, died in the blaze. Read more about the night McCormick Place burned here:
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On the top of a hill on Chicago's Far South Side there sits an ancient castle
The clock is ticking on our time in Tribune Tower. Critic @BlairKamin writes the move offers a lesson on the illusion of architectural permanence
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My friends at @ChiTribLife have released another installment in their list of 200 things every Illinoisan should do — or see, eat or drink — at least once in a lifetime
Take a look back at some of the best, most compelling images @ChiTribPhoto captured in 2017
Vandals shatter nearly 160-year-old stained glass window to break into and ransack Chicago's second oldest church
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Friends, your next chance to tour the @chicagotribune printing plant is coming up in a month!
It’s the end of an era. After nearly 70 years of being held at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Public Schools science fair will have to find a new home after next year.
From the archives: On Dec. 11, 1921, gangster "Terrible Tommy" O'Connor escaped from the Cook County Jail days before he was to be executed. He was never caught. Read more about the escape here:
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Mitch Dydo, a longtime Tribune copy desk chief, has died at 73: "His encyclopedic knowledge of the Chicago area was legendary and the next best thing to a vaccine against error"
How fascinating — hundreds of letters written during World War II, mostly by members of a single Rockford family, are again seeing the light of day after turning up in an unclaimed storage unit
John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, has died.
50 years ago, Francis Brenton sailed a catamaran from #LakeMichigan to #Senegal in a catamaran he fashioned from a canoe and a pontoon. The harrowing journey ended up taking 106 days, far longer than the 45 days he predicted. See the journey:
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How marvelous! My friends at @ChiTribPhoto had the camera rolling as Chicago's Christmas tree went up this year.
The Chicago Tribune will move to Prudential Plaza in early 2018 after 93 years in the paper’s namesake tower at 435 N. Michigan Avenue
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Downtown's ice skating rinks — including my personal favorite, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park — open Friday
From the archives: On Nov. 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior, killing all 29 aboard. It remains the largest ship to have sunk in the Great Lakes.
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How spectacular! A Greco-Roman style bathhouse is coming to Chicago. And they have red wine baths! I haven't had one of those in ages...
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