2 days ago
The history of the Chicago Cultural Center, "the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue," offers insight into the shifting relationships between culture, politics, and money in the third-largest city in the United States.
5 days ago
The Emanuel Administration has yet to secure needed funding for a big project to update Chicago's Union Station. Now it's up to the Trump Administration to supply a needed loan.
6 days ago
After a scandal exposed widespread lead contamination in Chicago schools, new legislation requires regular lead testing.
January 12, 2017, 8am PST
Nick Ian Emenhiser compares percent of city populations in their downtowns.
January 9, 2017, 11am PST
The city of Chicago was working hard to win the federal funding while the Obama Administration is still in power.
January 4, 2017, 9am PST
A smart city pilot project, already in place at three locations in Chicago and on the way to two more, deploys sophisticated data gathering technology to measure the simple act of rainwater running downhill. Better green infrastructure will follow.
Data-Smart City Solutions
December 23, 2016, 7am PST
Fans of @BobGunderson and @BicycleLobby will want to check out the Chicago winter version of the sardonic fake Twitter account, @606snowplow.
December 22, 2016, 8am PST
A $12 million gift from a local billionaire will enable a project to give separate access for bike and pedestrians on the popular Lakefront Trail.
December 21, 2016, 1pm PST
"The Idaho Stop,'"which describes bike riders treating stop signs as yield signs, got more support from a recent study by DePaul University.
December 19, 2016, 1pm PST
A new study includes urban rivers as a potential powerful amenity for economic development and revitalization. The city of Chicago has already taken note.
December 18, 2016, 5am PST
A proposal to build a new "health park" in Downtown's Grant Park is still in the early phases,
December 14, 2016, 12pm PST
David Schalliol, director of the documentary, 'The Area,' talks about the impact of a railroad expansion that demolished the homes of 400 families on the South Side of Chicago.
December 14, 2016, 5am PST
With some 20,000 vacant lots located around the city, Chicago is expanding the Large Lots Program that allows property owners to buy nearby lots for $1.
December 9, 2016, 11am PST
After the city's government cut funding to mental health services, closing many of the city's clinics, residents of Chicago's West Side voted overwhelmingly to tax their properties to reverse that trend.
December 2, 2016, 11am PST
The Chicago City Council has authorized a billion dollars in funding for upgrades and maintenance for the city's Red, Purple, and Brown Line trains; the city hopes to get additional federal funds before Obama leaves office.
November 29, 2016, 12pm PST
The city of Chicago will install 752 new parking meters in 2017—but still fall far from the Shoupian ideal.
November 27, 2016, 1pm PST
An interactive map from Chicago Cityscape shows all of the city's parking lots, vacant spaces, and city-owned land. Not all of it is truly vacant, or developable, but the map shows how much scope remains for new construction.
November 24, 2016, 5am PST
Is Whole Foods making Thanksgiving accessible for residents of Englewood in Chicago?
November 7, 2016, 8am PST
The city wants both public uses to be housed in "eye-catching works of architecture."
November 3, 2016, 11am PDT
Chicago's Kennedy Expressway to the O'Hare Airport is getting a $22.9 million lane expansion, some active transit and public transit advocates question the wisdom of that investment.