| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:30 PM
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 11:26 AM
Ever been on a bus and thought that you could walk faster because the bus appeared to stop every few feet to pick up riders?
The CTA may be tackling this problem of too many stops on one of its most popular east-west routes.
The CTA is proposing...
| May 18, 2014
A city is a machine for moving people and goods. It's also a habitat where human beings build their nests and neighborhoods. These traits often conflict, most famously in the 1950s when the uber-activist, Jane Jacobs, stopped the uber-planner, Robert...
| May 20, 2014
There isn't a ton of money on Brian Dolk's old Regional Transit Authority reduced-fare permit, but getting the funds transferred to his new Ventra card has caused him tons of aggravation.
Dolk, who is disabled with a lower back disorder, has about $4.80...
| Jun 16, 2014
It took a community to raze a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway this past weekend without the sky falling.
And state transportation officials said it required a bridge demolition crew that shifted into overdrive to not only lop off one weekend from a...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
"Aren't you old for a haunted house?" asked one of the androgynous seasonal residents of a nondescript warehouse deep in Morton Grove. His/her job, clearly, was to taunt Saturday night visitors to the Halloween attraction Fear City, so that insult goes...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 5:38 PM
The last time the trio of Si Osborne, Lia D. Mortensen and Brad Armacost performed Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" in Chicago, they all were 18 years younger and working in a short-lived venue, the Turnaround Theatre, named, with a note of optimism, for...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 2:04 PM
Vocal quality really matters at the Theo Ubique Theatre Company, the shabby-chic venue for small musicals in Rogers Park, so it's no surprise that director Fred Anzevino's simple but delightful and lovely new summer Cole Porter revue is beautifully sung....
| Jul 8, 2011
| 12:26 PM
With his gig at the Steppenwolf Theatre now seemingly an annual event, Tony Fitzpatrick is taking on the air of Garrison Keillor, and his motley crew of sidekicks is looking a bit like a cut-rate cast of "Prairie Home Companion." As seen from the back...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 4:54 AM
Add electronic cigarette use to the list of activities banned by the CTA.
In its monthly meeting Wednesday, the CTA board is poised to include e-cigarettes in the agency's smoking ban. A CTA spokesman said the agency already considered the battery-...
| Aug 23, 2010
SACRAMENTO -- Grading teachers based on how much their students learn should be a no-brainer.
In fact, state law for more than three decades has required that pupil progress be one of the factors in evaluating teachers.
But, as it turns out, when...