Chicago

August 3, 2015, 10am PDT
A new Transit Center report shows what it takes to enact change.
Next City
July 28, 2015, 2pm PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an update of the city's 2013 transit oriented development ordinance. The new version of the ordinance would have a sweeping effect on the land uses around transit stations in Chicago.
Metropolitan Planning Council - The Connector
Blog post
July 28, 2015, 7am PDT
Chicago has recently opened some of the most exciting urban landscapes we have seen in a while. And, as with New York and other cities, landscape architects are leading the charge.
Mark Hough
July 26, 2015, 11am PDT
Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council has released a new toolbox full of interactive features intended to assist transit oriented development.
Chi.Streetsblog
July 26, 2015, 5am PDT
The good news is that middle-class suburbs are becoming increasingly integrated. However, a closer look at the migration patterns of whites and minorities reveals a more complex picture, rife with racism.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
July 16, 2015, 1pm PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a plan that would save $250 million for schools and city operations at the cost of one of the city's most powerful funding mechanisms.
Chicago Sun-Times
July 13, 2015, 11am PDT
Plans to construct a prestigious express line to O'Hare airport may be overkill. The existing Blue Line, which could benefit from some investment, already connects downtown Chicago and the airport.
Chi.Streetsblog
July 7, 2015, 6am PDT
Architecture Critic Blair Kamin wants more from Make Way for People, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's placemaking program, and finds faults with the Lincoln Hub as an example of tactical urbanism.
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2015, 7am PDT
Local residents are upset with the effects of the placemaking installment in Chicago, opened this spring—namely slower traffic and a polka dot color scheme. An article in DNAinfo points out that slowing traffic was kind of the point.
DNAinfo Chicago
June 29, 2015, 9am PDT
Once known as "Little Hell" for its copious industrial plants, Goose Island is a rare, relatively undeveloped investment opportunity. Centrally located, it may one day house swanky offices.
Crain's Chicago Business
June 26, 2015, 8am PDT
After spending $10 billion since 2005 on capital improvements, Chicago's O'Hare is still losing business to competitors along with the battle of public opinion.
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2015, 11am PDT
Edward Brennan waged an extended turn-of-the-century campaign to clean up Chicago's then-confusing address numbering system. Though few recognize his name, Brennan's legacy lives on in modern Chicago.
WBEZ
June 16, 2015, 2pm PDT
The damage could have been a lot worse, but surely flooding that temporarily closed down the Chicago Riverwalk and The 606 elevated bikeway will require additional evaluation by project planners and engineers.
Curbed Chicago
June 12, 2015, 6am PDT
Following in the footsteps of the High Line in New York City, Chicago opened a 2.7-mile elevated park, which has already been extremely popular in its first week. Here we round up the initial reactions to The 606, as the new park is called.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 3, 2015, 7am PDT
A newly opened section of the Chicago Riverwalk lets the public get up close and personal with the Chicago River. And there's more to come.
Chi.Streetsblog
May 29, 2015, 12pm PDT
Would you like a cerveza with that? A hip neighborhood in Chicago will play host to the first alcohol-serving Taco Bell. Isolated incident, or the future of fast food?
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2015, 9am PDT
Active Transportation Alliance, a Chicago pedestrian advocacy group, urges Mayor Rahm Emanuel to improve red light cameras rather than remove them. Despite complaints from drivers, well-advertised cameras can reduce pedestrian fatalities.
Chi.Streetsblog
May 21, 2015, 8am PDT
After an initial proposal a year ago, prompting immediate and strong criticism, the Chicago Transit Authority has completed its environmental assessment of a proposal designed to improve service capacity at the infamous bottleneck of Clark Junction.
Crain's Chicago Business
May 18, 2015, 7am PDT
Statistics sage Nate Silver crunches the numbers illustrating the relationship between U.S. cities' overall diversity and their neighborhood diversity. His conclusion: the greater diversity, the greater the segregation.
FiveThirtyEight
May 12, 2015, 9am PDT
Expanded use of tax increment financing is on the table in Chicago—a city that invests less than its peers on building and running transit.
Chi.Streetsblog