Google Maps street view of historic red brick school building in CHicago, Illinois

Historic Chicago School Building to Become Affordable Housing

The adaptive reuse project will create 50 income-restricted housing units and community amenities.

September 19, 2023 - Block Club Chicago

A rider waits on the platform of the Sox-35th station on the CTA Red Line in Chicago.

$2 Billion Federal Grant for Red Line Extension Project to Chicago’s South Side

A plan to extend the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line 5.6 miles to the south won a $2 billion grant from the federal government.

September 12, 2023 - ABC 7 Chicago

An aerial view of the South Side of Chicago, with Lake Michigan to the left in the distance.

Historic Victory for Environmental Justice on Chicago’s South Side

The city of Chicago has agreed to take significant steps to remediate decades of discriminatory zoning and land use policies.

August 31, 2023 - The National Resources Defense Council

White and red Caltrain commuter train

Rail Electrification: Caltrain adds BEMUs to its EMU Order

Caltrain, the San Francisco-to-San Jose commuter railroad, plans to begin electrified operation next year on its 49-mile mainline. A 28-mile extension south to Gilroy would continue to be served by diesel trains, with one train powered by battery.

August 24, 2023 - San Mateo Daily Journal

View of two blurred Chicago el trains passing on elevated track between buildings

Chicago Transit Could See Consolidated Agencies, Fare Systems

A report makes recommendations for closing the region’s transit funding gap and improving service frequency and reliability.

August 20, 2023 - Chicago Sun-Times

Google street view of white parking garage building in Chicago in 2018 prior to conversion to apartments

Chicago Garage Becomes 72-Unit Apartment Building

The East Lakeview project is within easy walking distance of local businesses and transit.

August 18, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

Installation of external wall thermal insulation with rock wool on Passive House residential building.

‘Passive House’ Standard Gaining Ground in Multifamily Housing

Developers in Chicago and around the country are taking notice of a design standard that encourages energy efficiency and sustainable materials.

August 9, 2023 - Chicago Tribune

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Expanding Chicago TOD Zones Could Boost Transit Ridership

Data indicates broadening the definition of transit-oriented zones to include more of the city would put housing within easy reach of transit for more residents and increase ridership.

July 26, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

Snow covers a sidewalk and small homes on a Chicago street

Chicago Approves Sidewalk Clearing Pilot

The new program will develop plans for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice to improve accessibility.

July 21, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

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Chicago Flood Mitigation Scrambles to Keep up With Climate Change

The city’s geography and the growing intensity of storms due to climate change are making it difficult for local officials to prevent neighborhood flooding and wastewater spills.

July 20, 2023 - Governing

Close-up of white "electric bus" logo on side of blue Chicago public transit bus

Chicago Adding to Electric Bus Fleet

The city is working toward its goal to fully convert its transit fleet to electric buses by 2040.

June 21, 2023 - Mass Transit

Interstate 55 with cars and green freeway signs in Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Legislators Pass Controversial I-55 Road Expansion Legislation

Legislation to enable the addition of express toll lanes on Interstate 55 in the Southwest Side of Chicago, opposed by environmental justice advocates, cleared the Illinois General Assembly last month.

June 7, 2023 - Chicago Tribune

Outdoor dining patio built next to a restaurant in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Proposes Permanent Outdoor Dining Program

The mayor’s proposal would create permanent rules for restaurants wanting to continue using their Covid-era outdoor dining setups or build new ones.

May 30, 2023 - Block Club Chicago

An Amtrak train waits at the Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois on its way from Chicago to St. Louis.

Chicago-St. Louis Corridor Trains Cleared for 110-mph Speeds

Amtrak has final federal approval for train speeds of 110 miles per hour between Joliet and Alton, culminating almost ten years of planning and investing.

May 4, 2023 - Amtrak

Chicago Divvy

Chicago Bike Share Expands Citywide

Divvy is now available in all 50 wards, with more stations and bikes planned for the system in the next two years.

May 3, 2023 - Chicago Tribune

Covered carport area for buses at Chicago Greyhound station with one white Greyhound bus parked

Chicago’s Greyhound Station Could Close

The terminal, sold last year, is the only intercity bus station in the city, serving hundreds of thousands of mostly low-income travelers each year.

April 26, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Close-up of crosswalk button for blind pedestrians labeled "button for audible signal only"

Chicago Found Liable for ADA Violations

A federal judge ruled that the city fails to provide “meaningful access” to many of its streets due to a lack of infrastructure for pedestrians with vision impairments at most of the city’s intersections.

April 10, 2023 - WGN

Chicago elevated train over busy city street surrounded by high-rise buildings

Chicagoland Transit Agencies Call for State Funding as Budget Shortfall Looms

Illinois transit agencies want to see changes to a law requiring them to collect half of their revenue from transit fares, arguing that low ridership and staffing shortages will lead to a massive budget gap without intervention.

March 24, 2023 - Crain's Chicago Business

Bike lane and line of cars on street in Chicago with sun in background

Chicago Approves New Parking Enforcement Pilot Programs

The city plans to test automated technology that will issue citations for blocking or parking in designated bike or bus lanes.

March 19, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Snow-covered Chicago sidewalk with piles of snow on either side and red brick homes on the right

Chicago Could Start Plowing Sidewalks Next Winter

Keeping sidewalks free of snow has historically been the task of adjacent property owners, forcing pedestrians and people with mobility challenges to navigate a patchwork of conditions. A new ordinance would place the responsibility on the city.

March 16, 2023 - Block Club Chicago

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