Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

How Chicago Turns Sewage Into Power

Chicago’s wastewater authority plans to slash its energy bill by using bacteria to convert sewage into natural gas.   

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Why Homeless Youth Need Lockers

In Chicago, a new initiative will give homeless youth a secure place to store their belongings.


The Great Lakes Could See a 'Waterspout Outbreak'

Ghostly, seaborne twisters are in the forecast into the weekend.

Chicago History Museum

Why Don't All Schools Look Like This One?

When it opened 75 years ago, Crow Island School revolutionized school design. It’s had many imitators since, but few can match its vision for experiential, child-centered learning.

Photography courtesy of Antuany Smith/Gensler

For These LGBTQ Seniors, Closets Are Just for Clothes

A look inside Chicago's first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development, Town Hall Apartments.

REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Coming Soon to America: One Fare Card for All Transit

It’s working in other parts of the world, so what’s the holdup in the U.S.?


The Weekend's Best Gay Marriage-Themed Drink Specials

From Scalia's Tears to Ruth Bader Gin & Juice to the Pride Cocktail Tree.

Max Galka/Metrocosm

Why Is Illinois a Hotbed of UFO Sightings?

Is it because of O’Hare? Asian lanterns? Hallucinations due to overripe Chicago hotdogs?

WBEZ / Flickr

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

Lewis Lehe/Dennys Hess.

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

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

Spotimap/Javier Arce

Songs About Your City, Mapped

Music about your metro is a click away.

Eric Allix Rogers/Creative Commons

The Resurrection of One of Chicago's Most Endangered Landmarks

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

Courtesy of Mary Barr, 1974

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.

Stefan Georgi / Flickr

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.

City of Chicago

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.

Flickr/Isadora Ruyter-Harcourt

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.