Chicago

Bloomberg Offers $5 Million Prize for City Innovation

The "Mayors Challenge" will award "breakthrough solutions" to urban problems.

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Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers?

The convention center market is over-saturated, but the race to keep building them bigger and better hasn't slowed.

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See Chicago Coated in Neon Blues and Greens

The city's largest public art project opened this week.

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Chicago's Downtown Goes All 1980s With Immense, Fluorescent Art

Installation artist Jessica Stockholder wants pedestrians to feel like they're "walking through an animated film."

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

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Chicago's Ambitious Plan for Zero Traffic Fatalities

Can a city reduce the number of deaths to zero?

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Can Trees Actually Deter Crime?

Believe it or not, a new study of canopy coverage in Baltimore suggests maybe they can.

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Protesters to Chicago: Thank You Very Much

The NATO Summit wraps up, and Chicago returns to normal.

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The NBA's Small-Market Disadvantage

Two teams from smaller metros are doing remarkably well in this year's playoffs. But big city franchises have typically dominated NBA titles.

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The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

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Walk Score Launches Bike Score

How bikeable is your city?

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Best Places for New College Grads, 2012

The job market for this year's college graduates is tough, but choosing the right city can make all the difference.

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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.

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America's Most Powerful Global Cities

Sizing up the global clout of U.S. cities.

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Welcome to the Rebuild Era

Lately, America's leaders have talked a lot about the need to rebuild. Has it begun?

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How Twitter Helped One Man Become Chicago's Most Popular Cab Driver

Rashid Temuri has more than 4,100 followers and more service calls than he can handle.

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

It's a bathroom, a planter, and a fertilizer all rolled into one.

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Rita Crundwell: America's New Queen of Municipal Embezzlement

According to feds, the former Dixon, Illinois, comptroller spent much of the $53 million she's accused of stealing on horses with names like "Packin' Jewels" and "Have Faith in Money."

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The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."