Four Illinois Coal Plants to Close
Vistra Energy is closing coal power plants in Illinois, each of which employs between 60 to 90 workers.
New Energy Rating System for Chicago Buildings
The city will evaluate all buildings over 50,000 square feet and make the energy performance ratings and information easily accessible.
Is This Chicago Indoor Vertical Farm the Future of Agriculture?
A new indoor vertical farming venture in Chicago seeks to change agricultural production by harnessing technology.
Via Rideshare Service Expands in Chicago
The company hopes that a broader service area and discounted rides will help people better access transit services.
Editorial: Cheaper Metra on the South Side Would Ease Chicago's Transit Inequities
The Red Line extension to 130th is still unfunded and a universal Chicago fare card hasn’t materialized, but in the immediate term, the Metra can run more trains and charge lower fares to help get the South Side moving.
Many Contender Sites for Chicago Casino
The decision about where to locate a new casino project depends on competing goals—to maximize revenues or bring jobs and development to neighborhoods that need them.
The Many Nicknames for Chicago's Elevated Railway
The el/El/L debate has never been resolved, but the CTA says its usage is the correct one.
The Threat of Urban Flooding in Chicago
Chicago residents living in low-lying parts of the city dread the rainfall that too often brings flooding.
Design Thinking Needs a Broader Perspective
A design-focused study of mode choice doesn’t consider the many ways people interact with and travel through urban environments.
Obama Presidential Center Still Facing Controversies
The project will bring money and visitors to Chicago’s South Side, but the community wants more assurances that the future of residents will be a priority.
Report Identifies Priorities for Chicago's Mobility Future
A new mobility task force report looks to guide the city toward a more multimodal transportation system that addresses accessibility and congestion.
Chicago Music Venue Operators Still Concerned About Lincoln Yards Project
Assurances that the plan will not include large commercial venues have not calmed fears about the future of local independent clubs.
Chicago Ordinance Focuses on Equitable TOD
Transit-oriented development has ramped up in Chicago, but racial and economic inequities have come along with it. A proposed ordinance would expand TOD zones while also preventing displacement of residents.
Theaster Gates Brings Together Planning and Art to Empower Communities
His work in Chicago has created spaces that protect and celebrate black lives and experience.
Plan Changes for Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Project
The massive proposed development project on the Chicago River is facing a host of questions about density, open space, and infrastructure.
The Problems With Tax Increment Financing and How to Fix Them
Tax increment financing (TIF) districts are common in municipalities across the country. However, the economic development tool is also poorly understood and often the target of criticism.
Study Finds Fewer Young People Want Cars
Driving is often marketed as fun and liberating, but millennials aren’t buying it.
Chicago Parklet Designed to Be Flexible and Cost Effective
A newly installed parklet in Chicago is part of a larger program to engage the city’s public spaces.
Chicago Wants Bike Sharing to Reach All Parts of City
The city recently received a grant that will help it grow its bike-share network, particularly into areas that have been underserved.
Chicago and New York: Two Transit Systems, Two Very Different Outcomes
Both cities have aging transit systems in need of major repairs. Chicago’s approach has helped turn the system around while New York is still grappling with its issues.
Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
City of Grand Forks, North Dakota
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
City of Birmingham, Alabama
City of Laramie, Wyoming
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.