| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions.
Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Museum Campus, the space along the Chicago lakefront devoted to Soldier Field, Northerly Island, Adler Planetarium and other museums, may not be just for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers any more.
Streetcars, gondolas and trolleys are just some of the...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Imagine a 20-minute train ride between O'Hare Airport and downtown. There's room for your luggage and space for you to work. There's no urine on your seat or stench from your fellow riders who have made a row of seats their home.
No, this is not your...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 10:12 AM
A bike lane that takes up the entire street. Parking spots for people—not cars—to sit in while sipping coffee.
These ideas aren’t so far-fetched for city planners with projects in the works to make certain streets more pedestrian-...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Here's an idea for next week's Chicago Ideas Week: Try to create a Chicago transit card with modern conveniences.
Chicago is fast becoming known as a digital entrepreneurial hub, a place where big thinkers come to push the edges of technology.
| Oct 5, 2014
| 4:57 PM
Nearly a year after backers of the proposed billion-dollar Illiana toll road won a crucial battle to drive the controversial project forward, another showdown looms this week.
Opponents hope to halt the effort to build the 50-mile, four-lane highway...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 8:32 PM
Those colorful outdoor seating areas around Lakeview, Andersonville, Bronzeville and the Loop might be good for area businesses, according to a study by the local Metropolitan Planning Council.
For the past three summers, the city's Department of...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 1:31 PM
In theory, low-income families with housing choice vouchers can rent homes in any community with better opportunities. But in practice, most of the 60,000 Illinois families with vouchers are not “moving up” to a place with access to critical...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 9:06 PM
Every now and then I make a list of nine things I've liked lately. Here's one for autumn.
1. The forest preserves of Cook County
I know lots of people who lament that they don't visit the forest preserves enough. I'm one, and I was reminded of it last...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
If you live in a walkable neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, goods and services, how much do you need, or want, a car and a place to park it?
It's a question developers and residents are starting to ponder in some Chicago...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner took Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to task Thursday for failing to dump all of the politically connected people hired as “staff assistants” at the Illinois Department of Transportation, saying the state...