| Oct 23, 2013
It's last call for a fall bike ride. Want to belly up to the bar?
If the weather takes a warmer turn and you're in the market for a final ride before putting your bike away for the winter, consider these options — a city mouse/country mouse pair...
| Dec 8, 2013
Rena Church, the public art director for the city of Aurora, is a nice, pleasant person. And she has a cute, tiny dog, a Chihuahua mix named Rula.
Their dream? To do what is now forbidden: ride together on Metra.
Rena can almost envision the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:45 AM
In the aftermath of the deadly Metro-North train wreck in New York, there was ample fuel for outrage. The anger was directed at the driver for apparently taking a turn way too fast — and at the federal government for not making that impossible....
| Jul 12, 2013
If only we lived in a comic book, instead of the corrupt, windswept political wasteland now known to taxpayers as Madiganistan, we'd know just what to do:
We'd go up on top of the Tribune Tower, flick on a switch, activate a giant spotlight and...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:08 PM
There's nothing quite like inserting a can of beer into a chicken while you're contemplating how politicians treat us taxpayers.
A week before the big Labor Day barbecue weekend, our politicos are positively grill-tastic, preparing for the fall...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 6:10 PM
The CTA and Pace on Monday will make their big rollout of a next-generation fare-payment system while beginning to phase out transit cards that have provided many years of dependable service but are showing signs of age.
Through early next year, the...
| Sep 16, 2013
Almost every day somebody climbs or falls onto the CTA tracks, which has led to seven deaths so far in 2013 and more than 50 fatalities in recent years, according to an analysis the transit agency is set to release Monday as part of a redoubled rail-...
| Sep 23, 2013
As many as 4 out of 10 Chicago-area pedestrians and bicyclists say they are at times willing to ignore flashing lights, ringing bells and gates at railroad crossings, a UIC study has found.
The University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, who...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
If your spring and summer travel plans include visiting a popular city, take a close look at your local transit options. Presumably, inside a big city, you don't need or even want a rented car, and you probably don't want to pay for taxis everywhere you...
| Jul 7, 2013
Chicago developers have built dozens of "civic" apps — websites and mobile downloads aimed at helping people better communicate with and understand local government. Here is a selection:
Foodborne Chicago Many people don't report food poisoning to...
| Jun 20, 2008
| 2:48 PM
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On my ride into work this morning, I saw a car on Ohio Street with the license plate CUBSOX. I was on a bike and tried to catch up to it at a light and conduct my first ever interview of a guy sitting in...