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Of real estate and religion
Oct. 22, 2014
How a modest congregation at Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist built and maintained an improbably cool concrete oasis in such an improbable location.
CTA physics: Why buses arrive in bunches
Oct. 15, 2014
A visual explainer: Why multiple buses arrive at the same stop at the same time, and why the fixes are almost as frustrating as the problem.
Chicago quietly phasing out red 'X' program for vacant buildings
Oct. 12, 2014
The city placed bright red 'X' signs to warn firefighters which vacant buildings could collapse during a fire. Now, first responders will rely more and more on electronic notifications.
Tensions and torches after the Great Fire
Oct. 7, 2014
The collective myth is that the blaze of 1871 brought together Chicago’s rich and poor. It did, but it also drew dividing lines following what one resident called an ‘awful democracy of the hour.’
Chicago without the Fire
Oct. 6, 2014
Historians consider our “what-if” scenario about a city that escaped the 1871 blaze. Would the Loop be a livable neighborhood? Would the skyline be so strident? And would there be such a thing as the Chicago spirit?
After the accident: Metra and pedestrian fatalities
Sep. 30, 2014
One listener’s loss raised the question of whether the commuter rail agency's investigations are thorough enough.
A second act for the Uptown Theater?
Sep. 19, 2014
Once touted as ‘an acre of seats in a magic city,’ Chicago's former grand movie palace is now looking for ways to restore and fill those seats. A local architecture student has some ideas.
Two neighboring states, one big financial gap
Aug. 27, 2014
Illinois struggles with debt and unpaid bills, while Indiana is sitting pretty with a surplus topping $2 billion. What’s behind the fiscal gap between these two neighbors?
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