Chicago

Cayetano Ferrer

Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

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The Skyrocketing Costs of Running for Mayor of a Major U.S. City

While the 2012 presidential election will likely be the most expensive in history, a similar money-race is happening on the local level.

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The Intimacy of Apartment Living, Captured in a Graphic Novel Box Set

Chris Ware chats about his imaginative new work, Building Stories.

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The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Scientific Funding

Data are scarce, but a look at grants from the National Institutes of Health gives us at least a partial picture.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The 2012 Halloween Index

The metros best primed for trick-or-treating and Halloween revelry.

It's Not Just the East Coast: Chicago Could See Waves as High as 23 Feet

Hurricane Sandy's impact won't spare the Midwest.

Flint Creek Wildlife

This Bird Migrated Into a Skyscraper

Meet the Chicagoans who rescued it (and hundreds others) in what may be the most depressing job in the city.

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The Next Phase of Chicago's Riverwalk: Fishing and Floating Gardens

The concept: to provide the kind of swimmable setting found in quieter river locales.

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Online Grocery Shopping Is Returning to the Physical World

A Chinese supermarket giant has announced plans to build 1,000 "virtual" supermarkets.

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Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps?

Probably not, but as a recent case in Chicago shows, it might not be too helpful either.

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16 Parking Garages Worth Looking At

Miami may be the international hub of memorable parking, but it’s not the only city sporting glitzy garages.

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You've Heard of Urban Coyotes. Urban Bears Could Be Next

Seriously. Carnivores are coming to your city, and they know how to cross the street.

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Radio, Not the Internet, Might Be The Future of Local News

For the first time, neighborhoods will be able to bid on local radio wavelengths. Here's what that means for cities.

Paying People To Plant Trees

A Chicago group is fighting storm water pollution and heat islands by offering rebates to people who buy trees or rain barrels.

Now Boarding the Chicago L: Creepy, Disembodied Animal Heads

Artists modified this train to include gruesome animal specimens, grass growing on the walls and a campsite lit by an electric sunset.

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How Technology Is Fueling Urban Inequality

Start-ups and entrepreneurs promise a bright future. But is it a future that crowds out the poor and disadvantaged?

A Skyscraper That Could Clean the Air

This proposed Chicago building doesn't look like much, but it could clean up the air around the city's expressway.

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What the End of the Chicago Teachers Strike Means for the Rest of the Country

A broader debate about the rights of public sector employees is just beginning.

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You May Never Have to Circle the Block Looking for a Spot Again

With SpotHero, you can reserve a space in advance online.