The first-of-its-kind measure will allow the city to accept billions in private financing for infrastructure projects.
More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?
A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.
The annual Baconfest Chicago has taken off, and others may soon follow suit.
An international duo tries to ride the New York subway from end to end faster than anyone else.
They train the disadvantaged to transform garbage into beautiful furniture.
Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson on his new book, Great American City.
Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.
A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.
If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.
A sleek, sartorial way to show your love for public transportation.
The Census Bureau is getting ready for the release of all the forms from its 1940 count.
Chicago artist Theaster Gates takes his neighborhood-changing projects on the road.
Mysterious, simple, intimidating. These buildings define the 1960s just as much as a certain show.
Paul Kahan finally gets the recognition he deserves.
A 2.65-mile elevated park and a massive makeover for Navy Pier are both in the works.
Barry Sorkin is an Illinois native with no formal food background. Here's how he opened one of the city's most successful restaurants.
A new model for "self-equalizing" bus routes may reduce wait time and increase reliability.
Across the country, newspapers are cutting their editorial boards. Here's what we lose when they disappear.