Homes in one east Urbana neighborhood celebrate the holidays along the route known as Candlestick Lane in 2015.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 22, 2016

Encore: The History Of Urbana’s Candlestick Lane

For one east Urbana neighborhood, the Christmas season means more than time with family and exchanging gifts. There’s also a sense of pride up and down the street when it comes to showing off holiday spirit on the front lawn, the porch - and maybe even the roof. Candlestick Lane started in 1963, brought on by a utility company's decorating contest, and is still a local attraction 53 years later.


The Altgeld Hall bell tower, on the University of Illinois Urbana campus quad.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 21, 2016

Nearly A Century Of Chimes At Altgeld

Since the 1920's, daily concerts played on the chimes at Altgeld Hall have regaled students on the Urbana campus Quad of the University of Illinois. But only a few have been responsible for playing those chimes over the years. There’s no doubt performances will continue – it’s just a matter of who may be giving them.


Flickr/sandia labs
December 19, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home, A LEGO Skyscraper, And STEM

On this encore edition of The 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.


Artwork for the Strand Magazine publication of "The Haunted Ceiling" by H. G. Wells.
Strand Magazine
November 28, 2016

H.G. Wells Ghost Story, Hidden In U Of I Collection, Finally Debuts In Print

H.G. Wells' eerie writing brought us time machines, aliens and a submarine, long before a real one was seen in the world. Still, one of his short stories spent decades unseen by his avid readers.

Until now, that is. His long-unpublished story "The Haunted Ceiling" is making its way into print for the first time, after being hidden for decades in the H.G. Wells papers collected at the University of Illinois. 


Cubs emblem
Wikimedia Commons
October 28, 2016

The History Behind ‘Go Cubs Go’

As enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs run to the World Series has roared across the country, so has the ubiquitousness of the Cubs theme song penned by the late Steve Goodman. But there's an interesting backstory to how it became the team's official theme song.  


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