| Jul 31, 2014
| 8:39 AM
A few weeks ago, I toured Halsted Flats, the latest housing development to dot the rainbow streets of Boystown, with two recently engaged friends.
Our first stop, a two bedroom, two bathroom unit, featured stunning views of the lake, the skyline and...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Affordable living space in popular enclaves such as Andersonville, Logan Square and Wicker Park is rare, so how can young urbanites on a budget determine what neighborhoods are on the cusp of cool?
"Look for the halo effect, which is the impact a...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:27 AM
When Chicago residents Nathan Huynh and Tina Tran woke up Sunday morning, they did what they've been doing every morning for the past week: They checked Twitter for the latest hidden cash clues.
Around 10 a.m., the two found what they said was their...
| May 6, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Last year, audiences crowded into shows at the first Israeli Jazz Festival to play Chicago, so it was no great surprise to learn that the event would be coming back.
But few would have expected that this fledgling attraction would nearly double in...
| May 28, 2014
They're called single-room-occupancy hotels or residential hotels, and the frequently dilapidated structures are often the housing of last resort for those down on their luck, a step away from homelessness or a shelter.
The buildings also are a slowly...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| May 12, 2014
| 5:46 PM
The definition of graffiti depends on whom you ask.
Anything scrawled with paint pens, spray paint, markers and even shoe polish on private or city property is blight, according to Debbie DeLopez, a program manager at the city’s Graffiti Blasters....
| May 30, 2014
| 5:02 AM
Austin and East Garfield Park each recorded two homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.
In Austin, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 200 block of North Laramie Avenue, police said. That same day,...
| Apr 24, 2014
Everyday Chicagoans came armed with plenty of ideas Wednesday night about where to locate a home for George Lucas' collection of art and movie memorabilia.
But members of the Galactic Empire seemed to be otherwise engaged, as no one arrived in a "Star...
| May 13, 2014
| 2:25 PM
One person was injured and about a dozen displaced by a fire that broke out in a three-story apartment building in Uptown this morning, authorities said.
Emergency crews were called to the building in the 4700 block of North Winthrop Avenue about 10:...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:13 PM
Elderly bank robber Walter Unbehaun had just been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Thursday when he had a request that raised eyebrows in the federal courtroom in Chicago.
Unbehaun, a career criminal who told police he’d robbed a Niles bank last...