Chicago

The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters

To get away from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other calamities, relocate to lovely upstate New York or the fertile fields of Ohio.

Chicago's Waterfront Identity Crisis

North Lake Shore Drive is both a beloved highway and a treasured park. As the city revamps it, can it continue to be both?

The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

Urban Buddy helps travelers draw wisdom from veteran city residents in real-time.

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.

The Uneven Geography of America's Fast Food Jobs

Workers in seven metro areas are striking, but their wages are even worse elsewhere.

New York and Chicago's Century-Old Skyscraper Contest

The cities have been locked in battle since 1885, with no signs of stopping.

Richard M. Daley Wants to Make Your City More Sustainable

The former Chicago mayor is launching The Sustainability Exchange to help cities innovate for the future.

How to Make Chicago's Union Station a Place You'd Actually Want to Visit

You can vote from among a fresh batch of 25 new ideas.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

How Becoming Mayor Changed Rahm Emanuel on Immigration Reform

The former White House Chief of Staff has started to push for more liberal policies on the issue. Will the feds follow his lead?

Chicago Police Got New Twitter Accounts. Will It Make a Difference?

A few social media norms the department should be prepared to address.

Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

Animated Retrospectives of the Day: Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes

Corporate real estate data offer unexpectedly riveting views into the past.