Chicago

A Nifty Visualization of the 'Vicious Cycle' of Bus Bunching

See how small delays can lead to big commuting headaches in this interactive.

Songs About Your City, Mapped

Music about your metro is a click away.

The Resurrection of One of Chicago's Most Endangered Landmarks

A young businessman may be the perfect savior for this ornate performance hall.

The Legacy of a Chicago Suburb's Failed Fight for School Desegregation

Writer Mary Barr tells Chicago magazine how her hometown lost the battle for racial integration.

2 Notes of Caution on America's 'Record' Mass Transit Year

The dominance of New York, and the decline of bus ridership.

The Best Evidence Yet That Real-Time Arrival Info Increases Transit Ridership

New York's Bus Time program led to about a 2 percent rise overall, according to new research.

Does Ice on the Great Lakes Always Mean a Colder Spring?

An analysis from past seasons calls that connection into question.

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

Behind 'the Disappeared' of Chicago's Homan Square

A criminologist dissects the so-called black site, where military interrogation techniques are allegedly substituted for questioning.

Rahm Emanuel's Moment of F*&$ing Truth

The Chicago mayor hopes voters will allow him to avoid an April runoff despite school closures and outbreaks of violent crime.

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?

Elegant Light Bulbs Shaped Like Art Deco Skyscrapers

Illuminate a room in a classy way, while also making it seem the world is upside down.

Lake Michigan Is Serving Up 'Snow Pancakes'

These discoid ice sheets are formed by the motion of waves.

How the Trucking Industry Could Be Vastly More Efficient

Meet Transfix, a start-up that fashions itself "Uber for trucks."

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

The housing crisis decimated communities near the University of Chicago, now the school and other organizations are trying to stabilize them.

In Southwest Chicago, Environmental Groups Must Also Grapple With a Sluggish Economy

After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.

Chicago Is a Wonderland of Fat-Themed Businesses

Fat Daddy's, Fat Sam's, Fat Tony's, Fat Ricky's, Fat Boys, Fatty Magoo's... what's behind this celebration of big-bonedness?

How Super-Small, European-Style Delivery Vehicles Could Make U.S. Streets Safer

A growing class of cargo vans enables smarter intersection design.