| Jun 3, 2013
Caffeine-infused waffles and maple syrup are promoted as energizing alternatives to a morning mug of coffee.
But the recent craze of adding caffeine to a range of kid-friendly snack foods — including popcorn, chewing gum, candy bars, mints,...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 11:32 AM
The Chicago City Council today approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to change the terms of the city’s parking meter lease despite questions about the deal’s financial impact and fear of giving Chicago Parking Meters LLC...
| Jul 17, 2013
With a massive freight yard expansion backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel poised to bulldoze the northeast corner of Englewood, a new analysis suggests the project would substantially increase lung-damaging pollution in a neighborhood already plagued by high...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 10:15 AM
It was inevitable that, in putting forth a Wrigley Field renovation plan that was acceptable to the Chicago City Council, the Cubs had to make some concessions. No pedestrian bridge over Clark Street, a smaller Jumbotron, fewer signs. Sadly, Cubs fans...
| Jul 28, 2013
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Nov 11, 2012
They called him Captain Santa.
For 25 years, he sailed fresh-cut trees from the northern tip of Lake Michigan to the southwest corner of the Clark Street bridge.
For Chicagoans, his arrival meant one thing: Christmas was just around the corner.
| Dec 2, 2012
Half a century ago, the unthinkable became all too thinkable as the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a game of chicken, played with nuclear bombs.
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy went on television to announce that the Soviet...
| May 16, 2011
| 10:26 AM
Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Chicago's 46th mayor.
The city's new mayor then laid out the challenges ahead: Improving schools, ending gun violence and downsizing a city government taxpayers can no longer afford. And he asked Chicagoans, the...
| May 18, 2011
| 2:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel presided over his first Chicago City Council meeting today, a two hour session heavy on ceremony and new faces getting to know each other.
The rookie mayor gaveled the meeting to order on time at 10 a.m. New City Clerk Susana Mendoza...
| May 18, 2011
| 4:01 PM
South Side Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. was elected chairman of the Chicago City Council's Black Caucus today.
The 21st Ward alderman defeated Ald. Latasha Thomas, 17th, in a vote among African-American aldermen after the council meeting. Thomas declined...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 6:38 AM
In response to efforts to clean up the Chicago River, top officials at the taxpayer-funded agency that handles Cook County's sewage and stormwater have argued that the endeavor would waste money, cause global warming and lead to children drowning.