| Oct 3, 2013
Under the Los Angeles city charter, the mayor has no formal power over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But this has not stopped mayors — including Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa — from using the bully pulpit and the power of...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Brian Dolinar's new book, "The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers," was released this summer, and if the title sounds dated it's because the book began its long road to publication in the late 1930s but was sidelined by two formidable obstacles —...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 5:27 PM
When 16-year-old Derrion Albert was beaten to death four years ago this month, DePaul University assistant professor Miles Harvey, like many people, felt the need to do something. But he wasn't sure what.
"I knew the Roseland community, and I had done...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:05 PM
The city has 283 datasets listed on its data portal, data.cityofchicago.org. Some of these datasets are pretty standard, from types and locations of crimes to CTA ridership. Other datasets are more intriguing. RedEye did some diving to log some of the...
| Aug 29, 2013
In the world of book publishing, summer is generally a time for "beach reads," fun, lighter books that readers can jump in and out of while splashing through the surf or visiting family.
Not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel detailed his summer...
| Jul 9, 2013
Welcome to the dawn of 3-D printing.
As with the dawn of the computer, the dawn of the telephone and the dawn of the television, expect a period of confusion: What is 3-D printing, you will wonder. (Answer: The printing of solid objects, often from a...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:29 PM
There are many fine books that concern the joys of walking around the city, and I would enthusiastically recommend "Walking Chicago: 31 Tours of the Windy City's Classic Bars, Scandalous Sites, Historic Architecture, Dynamic Neighborhoods, and Famous...
| Jun 22, 2013
When I was a child, for as long as I could remember, my family's Encyclopedia Britannica set was missing two volumes — the two volumes that always seemed to pertain to my homework assignments. And so within an hour or so of getting home, I would sit...
| Apr 5, 2013
Roger Ebert was a hot trend on Google's top 10 trends earlier this week.
As of Wednesday, more than 50,000 people had searched for his name, an impressive display of his influence.
He wasn't quite as hot as North Korea or Jay Leno, but he was...
| Apr 22, 2013
826CHI is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students. 826chi.org
Tom Acitelli is author...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...