| Mar 17, 2015
| 2:09 PM
Ikea has put the kibosh on games of hide-and-seek in its Dutch stores. Finding people is easy at Ikea. You know what's hard to find? The last cam-lock nut for this stupid bookcase.
Ever play hide-and-seek at Best Buy? It's not much fun. You're always...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 5:38 AM
The number of taxi trips from O'Hare International Airport to Chicago is setting records, according to the city, but a half-century-old system of staging and summoning cabs leaves passengers and drivers alike stuck in sporadic logjams during peak travel...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 6:31 PM
"Airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th."
Those are the words of John Kasarda, a business professor at the University of...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 7:06 PM
Hard cases, said a long-ago Supreme Court justice, make bad law. The startling outliers shouldn't be the yardstick for crafting routine criminal law. When a tipsy off-duty employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency lost control of his friend'...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Q: We have just started selling our house and our real estate agent wants to take aerial pictures using a drone. It sounds interesting but we don't want to get involved in anything that is not legal. Can you give us some guidance?
A: For the time being,...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 1:09 PM
SkyMall wasn't all life-size Yeti statues, John McCain gargoyle sculptures and motorized, voice-controlled Star Wars R2-D2 toys.
My daughter sleeps on a bed my wife picked out of the SkyMall catalog at 30,000 feet. That's also where we found the shelves...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress completed action on over the weekend will provide funding to keep Chicago-area mass transit and roadway projects moving forward, as well as expand pedestrian and bicycle safety programs, transportation officials...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The growing clot of unhappy travelers not traveling at all through O'Hare International Airport on Friday recalled the multitude of End of Days thunderstorms and blizzards that too often afflict Chicago, the city of missed connections, itinerary butcher...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so...
| Dec 27, 2014
The National Rifle Association lately has been having its way with the Florida Legislature — think Docs & Glocks, which forbade doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. And despite the furor over Stand Your Ground, no significant rollback...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 3:39 PM
Efforts to restore what's conspicuously absent in the airline industry — consistently reliable service — are getting a boost from the work of University of Michigan researchers who are looking closely at 73 million flights during the past...