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A image of the World's Columbian Exposition overlayed with a picture of Keanu Reeves in the rain from the movie Point Break.

Keanu Reeves Set to Play Daniel Burnham in ‘The Devil in the White City’

Planning is going to get a new level of star power as a limited series adaptation of The Devil in the White City gets ready for television screens in 2024.

August 8, 2022 - Reel Chicago

Chicago Train Station

Chicago Passes Equitable TOD Ordinance

The new legislation will promote more development near transit in the city’s underserved neighborhoods and improve safety for pedestrians and other road users.

July 25, 2022 - City of Chicago

Window air conditioner units on a brick building

Protecting Urban Residents From Extreme Heat

With temperatures reaching record highs in cities around the country, local officials are implementing measures to ensure vulnerable residents have adequate cooling.

July 24, 2022 - Next City

Runner passing the Chicago Theater are blurred as they pass by the camera for a race on the streets of Downtown Chicago.

Nascar Set to Race the Streets of Chicago Starting in 2023

Nascar races are a series of loops. Chicago has The Loop. Chicago also has a heated debate about traffic safety that probably doesn't have room for sponsored cars doing speeds upward of 100.

July 21, 2022 - Forbes

A conceptual rendering of the Wild Mile river restoration shows newly built docks and walkways and greenery along the Chicago River.

North Branch of the Chicago River Transforming Into a ‘Wild Mile’

A remarkable transformation is underway along the North Branch of the Chicago River, after being channelized and brutalized for well over a century.

July 20, 2022 - Fast Company

Bike lane in Chicago, shown on May 29, 2016.

Chicago Ordinance Would Require Complete Streets Upgrades

A proposed ordinance would require the city to upgrade pedestrian, bike, and transit infrastructure whenever a road is repaved.

July 10, 2022 - Streetsblog Chicago

Chicago Transit Authority

Did Chicago’s Speed Cameras Improve Safety? [UPDATED]

Advocates of automated enforcement argue it saves lives, but despite a dramatic rise in speeding tickets, pedestrian fatalities grew in 2021.

July 5, 2022 - WBEZ

Chicago Bike Lane

Chicago Bike Lanes To Get Concrete Curbs

The city plans to upgrade its entire protected bike lane network with concrete barriers by the end of 2023.

June 30, 2022 - ABC 7 Chicago

Chicago Lake Michigan Trees

Protecting Chicago’s Tree Canopy

Advocates for urban greening are asking the city to boost its tree planting efforts and protect existing trees, which are a key tool for fighting the effects of climate change and worsening heat waves.

June 24, 2022 - Chicago Tribune

An Amtrak passenger train is shown on a spring day, rolling through a rural area in Missouri.

Amtrak Seeks $200 Million for Chicago Improvements

The agency wants to upgrade infrastructure and fix ‘long-standing deficiencies’ in its Chicago-area operations.

June 13, 2022 - Trains.Com

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