Chicago

An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

Just Think of All the Things You Could Do With an Affordable Infrared Scanner for Your Smartphone

The Mu Thermal Imager, which detects drafty doors and windows, aims to be an affordable device for improving your home's energy efficiency.

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Trailer of the Day: Finding the Mysterious Street Photographer Vivian Maier

The photographs are great; the story is even better.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Creative Urban Budget Solution of the Day: Crowdfunding City Programs

Chicago is trying to raise $480,000 for a youth basketball league.

A Peek at Rising Health Care Costs in 5 Major Cities

Premiums for the young and healthy are set to rise 169 percent, according to a new survey.

How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.

Can Chicago Become America's Next Great City for Artists?

It can't compete with New York's amenities and galleries. But it's trying to offer something else altogether - a true middle class art market.

This Name That Neighborhood Game Will Distract You All Afternoon

So you think you know your city?

Chicago's Secrets, Revealed Through User-Friendly Apps

The Open City group turns government data into apps on crime, snow plows, even lobbying efforts.

SimCity Reference of the Day: Chicago Zoning Map

Complete with in-game music.

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

The Sad, Sudden End of EveryBlock

The pioneer of hyperlocal news and open data surprisingly closed this morning.

Class-Divided Cities: Chicago Edition

The third in our series mapping the class divides in America's cities and metros.

Lost Frontiers and Foolish Funding: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

These 8 Cities Have America's Crummiest Winters

Celebrate this awful time of year by thinking about the cities that have it even worse.

This Is How You Respond to Bigoted Bus Ads

An ad campaign targeting transit in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington corrects a few misinterpretations of the word "Jihad."

Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.