Chicago

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Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites

Five U.S. cities just lost a critical source of local news. The former LAist editor explains why it’s so troubling that they were silenced.

Horned Larks from 1904 (top) and 1966 (bottom), The Field Museum.

How Soot-Covered Birds Narrate Pollution's Toxic Legacy

By analyzing collections at natural history museums, researchers revisited 135 years of industry.

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The Controversy Behind Chicago's Diploma Mandate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to set students up for success after graduation. But at public schools, even the best ideas often have unintended consequences.

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Will Cities Ever Outsmart Rats?

The age-old strategy is “see a rat, kill a rat.” The new plan is to end an infestation before it ever begins.

Meet the Chicago City Councilman Hoping to Fix Illinois

Alderman Ameya Pawar is running for governor with a focus on criminal justice, a New Deal-type infrastructure plan, and progressive taxation. But he’s facing some tough opponents in his own party.

A final rendering of the new La Casa Norte permanent supportive housing development.

Designing Dignity in Housing for Chicago's Most Vulnerable

The permanent supportive housing model includes community spaces, a clinic, and a cafe, and aims to help residents put down roots.

8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy pen down letters to kids at Amundsen High School.

Student Pen-Pals Anthologize Their Lives in a Divided Chicago

Collected in a new book, a series of dispatches between Chicago teens spotlights conversations that look beyond their differences.

A young man fills out an application at a Chicago job fair.

The Crisis of Unemployment Among Chicago Youth

A new report teases out the causes and costs of joblessness among the city’s young people without high-school diplomas.

A safe-passage sign outside an elementary school in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood

Redefining Manhood Amid Violence in Chicago

A youth counseling program lets kids take the lead to navigate ethics and integrity.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Police Officers' Suicides

Local efforts and federal laws are softening the macho culture and opening up new avenues for cops to ask for help.

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Your Favorite Delivery Options May All Come From a Shared Stove

In the age of on-demand food, is a restaurant more than a brand?

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Chicago Is Making a Case for a Tax on Plastic Bags

New research shows that an added charge is nudging consumer habits.

Should Communities Have a Say in How Residents Are Punished for Crime?

A new “restorative justice” court in Chicago will test this idea, by soliciting broader input on how offenders can make amends and stay out of jail.

Residents of Pilsen, Chicago, on a hot day in 2007.

Why Immigrants Are Leaving Chicago

The city has long depended on an influx of immigrants, but they’ve stopped moving there—and the ones who already live there often can’t stay.

Cabrini Green and Chicago's Public Housing Disaster

A documentary filmed over the course of 20 years tells the story of a disenfranchised community pushed out of their homes.

What a Refugee Chef Wants You to Know About the 'Day Without Immigrants'

Ryan McCaskey, the chef and proprietor at Chicago’s Michelin-starred Acadia restaurant, was evacuated from Vietnam as a toddler. Here’s why he shut down his restaurant in support of immigrant workers.

The New, White-Collar Apprenticeship

Thanks to a push by the insurance industry, apprentices may be coming to an office near you.

This Chicago Startup Is Easing the Headache of Applying for Food Stamps

In five minutes, mRelief helps users learn whether they qualify, and how to claim benefits.

The 5 Kinds of Cities We'll See in the Populist Era

Will your city go into triage mode, double down on progressive policies, or flex its financial muscle in 2017?

Why Co-Working Is Moving to the Suburbs

Shared work spaces are popping up far away from urban cores.