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Best Day Trips from Chicago to Beaches, Breweries and More

Take one of these easy, affordable day trips from Chicago to visit art museums, distilleries, breweries, restaurants and beaches

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Michael Shannon, 'Shape of Water' villain, watches Oscars at Chicago dive bar | Chicago Sun-Times

He wore a puffy coat and sat on a barstool at the Old Town Ale House, one of his favorite Chicago hangouts.

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Armed Security Guards to Patrol State Street on Weekends - NBC Chicago

Armed security guards will begin patrolling on State Street on weekends beginning this Thursday, according to the Chicago Loop Alliance.

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Sensing the City

With the Array of Things program, environmental inequity meets urban technology

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Divvy’s top rider of 2017 pedaled 6,000 miles while making food deliveries

Kerdia Roland is an African-American food courier with some thoughts on increasing ridership in communities of color.

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    Ads Making Fun Of Bad CTA Users Win National Award

    The CTA has been awarded for taking a stand against bad public transportation etiquette.

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    The Voice of the CTA: Actor from Milwaukee a Chicago Legend

    The man behind the city's bus and L announcements is a voiceover actor from Milwaukee.

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    Curious City: The real reasons gym-shoes get tossed onto wires in Chicago | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

    From teenage mischief to possible drug markets, a search for the real reasons sneakers end up on power lines.

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      Your 24-hour itinerary in Chicago: The Wallet Watcher

      Only have one day in Chicago? Don't have a lot of money to spend? Our cheap 24-hour itinerary will hardly put a dent in your wallet.

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        Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play A Serial Killer In Martin Scorsese's 'Devil In The White City': Chicagoist

        Leonardo DiCaprio will play one of Chicago's most prolific serial killers, who did his killing during the World's Fair of 1893, right here in Chicago.

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        Chicago's Bit Space Gives Kids a Place To Tinker 21st Century-Style

        A new "maker space" for kids combines high- and low-tech tools for a hands-on creative experience.

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        Curious City: Searching for truth behind the legend of a 1955 Chicago shark attack | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

        Just in time for Shark Week: Was a 1955 Lake Michigan shark attack real or just an urban legend?  

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        10 New Attractions That Will Help Chicago Reach its 2020 Tourism Goals

        An unprecedented number of major Chicago tourist destinations have either recently opened or will come online in the next half decade.

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        Free things to do with kids this summer in Chicago

        From flying a kite to seeing fireworks at Navy Pier, we recommend these totally awesome free things to do with kids this summer

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        Best day trips from Chicago to beaches, breweries and more

        Take one of these easy, affordable day trips from Chicago to visit art museums, distilleries, breweries, restaurants and beaches

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        Where to Find Peace and Quiet in Chicago

        Lily pools, greenhouses and parks, from PureWow Chicago, the free daily lifestyle email for women, featuring the best finds in Arts + Culture for women.

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        Ferris Bueller took a day off 30 years ago this month

        Thirty years ago today, Ferris Bueller borrowed a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, caught a foul ball at a Cubs game and sang "Twist and Shout" while on a float during the Von Steuben Day Parade in his famous Chicago day off.

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        5 Chicago tenant rights your landlord doesn't want you to know

        Have you ever had a truly awful landlord? One that never fixed anything and seemed to be born to make your life miserable? They might have been breaking the law. Tenants...

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        An Infusion of Chic Openings in Chicago

        The Windy City is seeing an influx of fashion retail and hotel concepts, including a Dior boutique and the Soho House.

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        Dutch King, Queen To Picnic in Pullman in Royal Visit to the South Side

        Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to tour Gotham Greens, visit high schoolers in June.

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          Original 'Breakfast Club' Script Unearthed At Suburban High School

          While packing for a move, an original shooting script was found in the suburban school district that served as the backdrop of 'The Breakfast Club.'

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            Video: Vote For The New Victory Auto Wreckers Commercial

            Which ad deserves to take a seat on the Victory Auto Wreckers throne and be on the air for another 30 years? Let's take a closer look at some of the candidates.

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            Watch A Time-Lapse Video Of The Chicago River Being Dyed Green

            If you stayed away from the crowds this weekend and missed out on the tradition of dyeing the Chicago river green, you can relive the whole experience in under two minutes. Isn't technology grand?

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            6 telltale signs that spring has arrived in Chicago

            I declare victory over winter. pic.twitter.com/xTwcke7sQe — Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) March 7, 2015 After a weekend heat wave that saw temperatures...

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            Chicago singles survey and dating scene statistics

            Looking for love or a quick hook-up? See what your chances are with our enlightening Chicago dating scene statistics and global dating survey.

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            Chicago Dating Dealbreakers

            If you've ever been single in this city, you’re probably well aware of the fact that dating in Chicago can be, well, different.

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            Yoko Ono To Aid in Revamp of Jackson Park's Japanese Garden

            The widow of the late Beatle John Lennon will share in the design of the garden and pavilion.

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            Hollywood in Your 'Hood: See Where Crews Filmed in Chicago in 2014

            "Batman v Superman," "Empire" and "Sense8" were among the many productions to film in Chicago last year.

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            27 Chicago hacks to make your life easier

            From the booze to the blues, city life in Chicago has its perks, but to live here like a boss, it helps to know some shortcuts and tricks. After moving to Chicago,...

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            Top Chicagoland neighborhoods for holiday lights

            Holidays don't get any more festive than in the month of December, when decorations celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah spring up all around the city and suburbs. Some people in specific neighborhoods (hello, Lincolnwood!) have been adorning their houses f

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            The Best New Chicago Hotels of 2014

            Check out the unique amenities at each of these top four hotels of the year.

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            Sean Giambrone, from suburban Chicago, is at the heart of "The Goldbergs"

            When writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg set out to cast the 11-year-old lead in his autobiographical sitcom, "The Goldbergs," he wanted a Fred Savage-type kid: Real, slightly awkward, the exact opposite of the stereotypical, oh-so-precocious child

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            Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70

            Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka , long one of the state's most colorful and outspoken elected officials, died early Wednesday of complications from a stroke she suffered Tuesday, her chief of staff said. Ms. Topinka was 70.

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            Some homeless in Chicago live by asking for money on expressway ramps

            Many people who are homeless in Chicago panhandle at expressway ramps. Linda Paul met some to learn about how their system helps them survive.

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            Why the Chicago Flag Is Such a Brilliant Design

            How a vexillologist, an artist, and a municipal librarian worked within the rules and history of flag design to create a masterpiece of the genre.

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            Aerial pictures of Wrigley Field being torn apart

            Phase one of Wrigley Field's extensive renovations are underway. Check out awesome aerial photos of the bleachers in ruins.

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            Merz Introduces Q Brothers, the Apothecary's Men's Shaving Shop

            Q Brothers will occupy the storefront next door to its older sibling, with a focus on men's products.

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            The Empire Strikes: A First Look At The Lucas Museum

            Ma Yansong's design is both breathtakingly beautiful and seemingly out of place on the lakefront.

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            Looking for Chicago’s most legitimate ghost stories?

            What makes these notable ghost stories tick? Even if you don’t believe them, you’ll never forget them.

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            Crain's Chicago's Coolest Offices of 2014

            FCB Chicago and LinkedIn have the coolest office spaces in Chicago, as picked by the editors of Crain's Chicago Business.

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            Inspired by Marathon, Couple Take 26.2-Mile Walk Through Chicago

            No need for headphones on this DIY marathon: "The streets of Chicago provide constant entertainment."

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            The 26 guiltiest pleasures of living in Chicago

            If loving our city's suburbs, cover bands, malls and big batch beers is wrong, we don't want to be right. Shed your shame and indulge in these guilty...

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            Nik Wallenda to walk tightrope blindfolded 50 stories above Chicago

            Often described as the "King of the Wire," daredevil acrobat Nik Wallenda is at it again - this time planning a tightrope walk 50 stories over the Chicago River.

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            A $100 Weekend in Chicago

            Sample everything from pizza to pancakes, classical music to the blues, during a frugal-friendly weekend in the Windy City.

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            Photos Document Chicago’s ‘Most Interesting’ Toilets

            One out-of-towner with a love for, uh, toilets decided to document Chicago's more charismatic bathrooms.

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            The 7 Best Movie Theaters In Chicago : Chicagoist

            This year's best theaters list features a few repeats along with some new additions. As always: debate; dissect; and discuss.

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            Chinatown guide: The best of the neighborhood

            Find the best restaurants, bars, karaoke, shops and things to do with our guide to Chicago's Chinatown.

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            Quiet Trash Pickup? Chicago Has Continent's Only All-Electric Garbage Truck

            The truck has been running routes on the South and West sides since April and soon will Downtown.

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            33 reasons fall in Chicago is the best

            Scarves, fireplaces, pretty leaves, comfort foods and sports—what's not to like about autumn in Chicago?

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            Chicago Named 'Big City Bargain' by Money Magazine

            Chicago is one of the most affordable big cities in the country, Money magazine says.

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            Jimmy Fallon to pay back bet will host 'Tonight Show' in Chicago

            Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he'll keep his word to bring his show to Chicago, thanks to local students making good on their promise to read millions of words this summer.

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            Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40 Years

            The restored rail cars will make three trips between Chicago and the Wisconsin capital in October.

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            Chicago Secrets You Didn't Know Existed

            Wait, there are thousands of dead guys... BURIED IN LINCOLN PARK???

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            The 8 Best Bowling Alleys In Chicago

            From Jeffery Manor to Jefferson Park, and from the Far West Side to the Loop, there are still bowling alleys where you can rent shoes, grab a ball, and roll. Here are our favorites.

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            Live at the Old Playboy Mansion—For $3 Million

            Condos don’t turn over every day at the storied seven-unit building, but this sublime ground floor space has outlived its usefulness to a family of six.

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            Chicago Named Second-Best City for Cyclists, Magazine Says

            Bicycling Magazine said only New York ranks ahead of Chicago as a bike town.

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            Halloween costume stores for adults and kids

            Halloween costume stores in the city and suburbs for adult costumes, kids' costumes, masquerade balls and more

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            The 43 best fictional Chicagoans

            We consult our favorite Chicago-set books, movies, TV shows, plays and songs to find the greatest fake people to ever hail from our city.

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            20 Things You'll Only See In Chicago

            There's a poutine factory. They make a hundred-dollar grilled cheese. A "Star Wars" museum could be in the works. ...and those aren't the only attractions that make our beloved Chicago unique. With a river, lake, museums, architecture, a...

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            Treating His House Like a Museum - Living in a two room house in Chicago

            In Chicago, a historic cottage makes tourists stop, smile and sometimes walk in uninvited.

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            Robin Williams' childhood friends recall his days in Lake Forest

            Growing up in Lake Forest in the early 1960s, Renee Hodgen Daley recalls being mesmerized by her older brother's pack of friends, in particular an especially funny pal, Robin Williams .

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            10 Ways Lollapalooza Will Screw Up Your Weekend (If You Don't Have Tickets)

            For Chicagoans and visitors not attending the festival, the Loop will be a vortex of inconvenience.

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            At 1:34 in the morning, Cubs win!

            A backup catcher pitches the Cubs to victory in the team's longest game ever.

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            Hey, NYC and L.A., check out these $2,000 Chicago apartments

            We're cluing our coast-dwelling friends into what Chicagoans already know: While our apartments aren't cheap, they're freakin' palaces compared to NYC and L.A.

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            Living in a Mies van der Rohe Building Costs a Lot Less Than You’d Expect

            Get a beautifully designed space for about $100,000 at Hyde Park's Promontory Apartments, the famed architect's first residential high-rise.

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            The Future of Transportation in Chicago

            Airplanes on the lake, a bike superskyway, trains galore—and more bold ideas to reimagine how you get around the city.

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            Travel mag: Hancock has one of nation's best views

            A travel website lists the view from atop the John Hancock Center as one of the best in America, alongside a swath of beachside and mountain panoramas. Take that, Grand Canyon.

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            33 things that will definitely happen to you when moving to Chicago

            Your first year after moving to Chicago can be full of surprises, but the following are all pretty much guaranteed

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            Make-A-Wish grants five year old Maddex chance to play Godzilla

            Five-year-old Maddex got to play the leading role in a short film and stomp through a miniature set of Chicago that volunteers built last week as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation project. Maddex was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago.

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            Millennium Park full of surprises

            Since Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, there have been lots of surprises. Most, but not all, of them have turned out to the advantage of the park and its visitors. Here are five examples:

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            2014 Best of Chicago

            This year we feature 91 of the very best people, places, and things Chicago has to offer right now.

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            Illinois inmate dies 3 hours after seeking medical care

            Eighty to a hundred people die in Illinois prisons every year. Inmates complain about health care, but Illinois Department of Corrections insists it does a good job.

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            Chinese tycoon plans stake in 3rd-tallest Chicago skyscraper

            A Chinese tycoon and real estate developer has announced plans to buy a 90 percent stake in a planned 89-story skyscraper on Wacker Drive east of Michigan Avenue.

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              Chicago Reader: Best of Chicago 2014

              Best of Chicago steers you to the people, places, and things you might not otherwise find, along a route you might not otherwise take.

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              Chicago wins George Lucas museum

              “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.

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              Field Museum Returns Human Remains to Their Descendants After Decades

              Three Aboriginal ancestors in the museum's collection since the 1950s will be repatriated.

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              How to Choose Your Chicago Beach

              Want to feel some sand between your toes? You don't have to go to the Caribbean, Rio or even South Florida....

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              Millennium Park turns 10 (Photos)

              On July 16th, Chicago's playground- Millennium Park- will celebrate its tenth birthday. Over the years, I have spent countless hours enjoying the joys of this 24.5 acre park. The Bean, Crown Fountain, Pritzker Pavillion, Lurie Garden, the ice skating rink

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              Chicago One Of The Top Five Most Walkable Cities In U.S. (For Now)

              Chicago ranks as one of the top five most walkable cities in the United States, according to a new study. Suburban sprawl, however, means that ranking will drop in the future.

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              See Chicago then and now with Google Street View's new feature

              Google Street View allows users to see how one road has changed over six years. How has Chicago transformed? We selected some key stretches.

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                Eight Surprises at Lake Michigan This Summer

                Despite chilly water, spilled oil, and, um—sewage—this summer's lake forecast isn't all bad. Here's what you'll find on the beach.

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                  Incredible Chicago Road Trip Adventures

                  Here’s your full itinerary for three epic drives you can take from the city this summer—plus 10 classic trips closer to home.

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                  Don't Believe Everything You've Heard About Chicago's Most 'Dangerous' Neighborhood

                  Odds are, if you've heard a story about the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Englewood in the news recently, it had something to do with crime or poverty. Indeed, Englewood ranks among Chicago's five most violent neighborhoods and has a high un...

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                    32 Reasons It's Completely Worth It To Put Up With Chicago's Miserable Winters

                    This post is part of HuffPost's Good News USA series, which showcases both past and present ways cities across the country have created a positive impact worldwide and within their own communities. Chicago is the sort of city that always seems to ...

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                    Chicago among safest U.S. cities for pedestrians

                    Pedestrians are less likely to be killed in traffic accidents in the Chicago area than in most of the nation’s big cities, a new study indicates. The Chicago area came in No. 45 among the country’s 51 largest metro areas for pedestrians killed per 100

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                    Wilmette woman wins way into 'Jeopardy!' record books

                    Answer: This 31-year-old supply chain professional from Wilmette became the third person in history to win 12 consecutive games of

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                      The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Part 2

                      Murder makes the headlines, but crimes like theft and assault are far more common in Chicago—and your chances of being a victim may be higher than the police are telling you.

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                          Chicago Not Actually ‘Murder Capital’ Of, Well, Anything

                          Thanks to recent headlines, you'd think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads Murderiest Murder City in Murderland. In reality, the FBI did no such thing. Here's a closer look at th

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                          ACLU raises red flag over Chicago's traffic cameras

                          Chicago’s switch to a new red-light camera vendor that uses radar technology will allow hundreds of cameras installed at busy intersections to pan in all directions — worrying civil libertarians who fear an invasion of privacy.  

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                          Chicagoans nearly 6 times more likely to be shot by police than New Yorkers are

                          Despite a third of the population many more people are shot in Chicago than New York, and a recent victim is asking why.

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                            Poll: Half of Illinois residents would move from the state if they could

                            Half of Illinois residents would move to another state if they could — the highest percentage for any state, according to a poll released by Gallup this week. Nearly half of those polled in Connecticut and Maryland  said they would move.

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                                CTA's new weapon in graffiti battle: suits against vandals, parents

                                The CTA is attempting to transfer the $1 million-a-year bill for cleaning up graffiti to the vandals and their parents, officials said today.

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                                  Is This What The Future of Chicago's Public Transit Looks Like?

                                  Last week Mayor Emanuel made headlines for referring to the authors of a state task force transit study as

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                                      Chicago has many miles to go before it's the bike-friendliest city

                                      The city's efforts are ambitious, but it needs to start planning future installations ASAP if Chicago is going to fulfill Rahm's vision

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                                        NTSB: Blue Line crash damage totals $9.1 million

                                        The cost of the damage during last month’s Blue Line CTA crash at the O’Hare station is now estimated at $9.1 million — about one-third more than previous estimates — according to a preliminary report issued Monday by the federal agency investigat

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                                          The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates

                                          The city's drop in crime has been nothing short of miraculous. Here's what's behind the unbelievable numbers.

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                                            Union chief: Operator worked 69 hours in week before O'Hare crash

                                            The operator of the CTA train that jumped a platform and climbed an escalator at O’Hare International Airport had worked 69 hours in the week before Monday’s crash, the rail union chief said today, saying the agency’s way of scheduling w

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                                              What’s Wrong With Four of the Worst Bus Stops in Chicago

                                              In a system as big as the CTA, there are bound to be a few rough spots. Or wet spots. Or spots you might get robbed.

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                                                Video appears to show CTA train crashing into platform

                                                A video that appears to capture the moment a CTA Blue Line train jumped the platform and landed on an escalator at O’Hare International Airport has become an overnight YouTube sensation.

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                                                  Oil Spills Into Lake Michigan After Refinery Malfunction

                                                  A malfunction at BP's Whiting Refinery in Indiana caused oil to spill into Lake Michigan Tuesday morning.

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                                                    Illinois State Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law

                                                    Hours after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping statute on Thursday, Annabel Melongo reflected on the 20 months she spent locked up in the Cook County Jail under the now-unconstitutional law.

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                                                      O'Hare CTA station closed 'for the foreseeable future' because of crash

                                                      The CTA train that jumped the platform and scaled an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, injuring more than 30 people,

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                                                        Five insanely expensive rental listings in Chicago right now (SLIDE SHOW)

                                                        From a Lincoln Park duplex with an elevator to a surprisingly tasteful apartment in Trump Tower, these five rentals are the definition of real-estate porn.

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                                                            Chicago garbage collectors: Will they really take that?

                                                            One Curious Citizen wonders if Chicago’s garbage collectors will pick up anything he leaves in the alley. 

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                                                                New Attraction Offers Tilted View Atop Hancock Center

                                                                The city that produced the first skyscraper is again breaking new ground in elevated innovation.

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                                                                    This Is What Chicago Could Look Like In 2034

                                                                    Daniel Burnham, Chicago's legendary city planner and architect of the 1893 World's Fair, famously advised:

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                                                                      6 Things Jimmy Fallon Should Know Before Polar Plunging

                                                                      There are a few things Jimmy Fallon should know before taking a dip in Lake Michigan during Sunday's Polar Plunge in Chicago.

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                                                                        11 Questions for Harold Ramis: An Unpublished Interview

                                                                        In 2008, before the release of Year One, Ramis talked about working with Bill Murray, filming in Chicago, and how religion shaped his

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                                                                          "#SwimmyFallon" Confirms He'll Do Polar Plunge in Chicago

                                                                          The new 'Tonight Show' host confirmed via Twitter on Monday morning that he'd join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Sunday's Polar Plunge -- the annual dip into Lake Michigan that benefits the Special Olympics.

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                                                                            Intersections With Most Red Light Violations by CTA Buses

                                                                            Carol Marin investigates which city intersections have the most red light violations by CTA buses, who pays the fines and why the numbers are decreasing.

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                                                                              Chicago Pedway: City's bright, hope-filled underbelly

                                                                              You want to know the best thing about the Chicago Pedway? It's not that, despite this Polar Vortex winter, you can cover almost 40 city blocks on the Pedway without ever stepping foot outside. It's...

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                                                                                Jarrett: Obamas will choose library site

                                                                                Valerie Jarrett, one of the few Chicagoans who has remained with President Obama’s administration for a second term, acknowledged her personal fondness for the city on Monday, but said it will...

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                                                                                    New WTTW show My Chicago goes beyond the tourist traps

                                                                                    The new program from the producers of Check, Please! asks prominent Chicagophiles for a personalized city tour

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                                                                                        The Best Things at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

                                                                                        The annual extravaganza kicks off tomorrow. Here's what to look for, whether you're a sports-car enthusiast, cop, or taxi driver.

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                                                                                          Cab, livery companies sue city over rideshare companies

                                                                                          A day after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed new rules to regulate rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, the cab and livery industries filed a lawsuit against the city.

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                                                                                              Just how bad is this Chicago winter?

                                                                                              This winter has felt like one for the ages, but is it really one of Chicago’s worst? 

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                                                                                                Cabbies threaten to abandon Uber over changes

                                                                                                The tech company behind the popular taxi-hailing app has recently alienated many Chicago taxi drivers, who say the service isn’t as good for their bottom line as it claims.

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                                                                                                  CTA Sold $82,000 in Gifts Through Website in 2013

                                                                                                  Popular items sold include posters, shower curtains and wooden replicas, an agency spokeswoman said.

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                                                                                                    Morton Salt Girl turns 100, gets a makeover

                                                                                                    The Morton Salt Girl turns 100 this year and she's getting a makeover. And, of course, her own website. “The Morton Salt Girl has been a staple in hearts a

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                                                                                                      New exhibit center highlights King’s fight for fair housing - Chicago Sun-Times

                                                                                                      The Martin Luther King Fair Housing Exhibit Center, at 1558 S. Hamlin in the North Lawndale neighborhood, won’t officially open to the public until Jan. 26 — 48 years to the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family moved into the West Side commu

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                                                                                                        Can Pullman Have a Renaissance as a National Historical Park?

                                                                                                        Senator Dick Durbin proposes legislation to grant the South Side neighborhood a unique status in Chicago. But Pullman's revival will require more than just that.

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                                                                                                          Join The Puppet Bike Fan Club Of America

                                                                                                          Memberships cost $50 and entitle members to behind-the-scenes looks at the construction of a new Puppet Bike.

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                                                                                                            What happened to all the 'stuff' in Chicago's closed schools?

                                                                                                            Furniture was salvaged, supplies ended up with teachers, and other stuff is in the dump. The cost of removing it all? More than $30M — three times as much as expected.

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                                                                                                              Counting Chicago's homeless population

                                                                                                              On one of the coldest nights of the year, the City of Chicago set out to count how many people are homeless.