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From Don't To Do: A New Take On Black Chicago's Block Club Sign Tradition

Some of Chicago's hand-painted block club signs are getting an upgrade — in art and in messaging.
August 14, 2018
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared at Midway Airport on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting event marking the opening of the new $75 million concessions at the Southwest Side airport.


A Midway Restaurant Company Is Attracting Interest From The Feds

The U.S. attorney in Chicago sent a subpoena in June asking for records on NorthAmerican Concessions Inc.
August 14, 2018
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For Illinois Birds, Moving To Urban Areas Key To Survival

U of I researchers retraced the steps of a 100-year-old bird survey to see how well species are adapting and surviving.
August 14, 2018
CPS logo shown at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.


Chicago Charters Risk Budget Cuts Without A Fix In Springfield

Chicago charter leaders say Illinois’ school funding law boosts their budgets. CPS disagrees. Absent a compromise, CPS pledges midyear cuts.
August 14, 2018
Actor John David Washington poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, France, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.


‘Hate Has A History Of Reinventing Itself,’ Says Star Of ‘BlacKkKlansman’

John David Washington plays an African-American police officer who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in the ’70s.
August 10, 2018
The Advanced Photon Source, located at Argonne National Laboratory, in Illinois


Is The Real-Life Upside Down At The Argonne National Laboratory?

No, but Tricia and Greta did see a lot of cool science going down at the high-security facility.
August 10, 2018
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Curious City

What Are The Costs Of Chicago’s Air And Water Show?

The city says the show generates millions of dollars in business. But some listeners wonder whether it’s worth the environmental costs.
August 11, 2018
Harold Washington College


Joffrey Ballet Partnering With City Colleges To Create Dance Degree

The Loop’s Harold Washington College is adding an associate’s degree in dance, the only program of its kind in the city.
August 13, 2018
An illustration of a road with one of Elon Musk's proposed vehicles speeding along it


How Elon Musk's O'Hare Express Got The Fast Track In Chicago

Musk wanted to build a high-speed service. In Chicago, he found a mayor willing to help.
August 9, 2018
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Just 24 Percent Of Illinois Kindergartners Ready For School

A new look at Illinois kindergarteners finds most students are behind in language, math and social and emotional development.
August 13, 2018
A butter cow on a blue background with hand-drawn white arrows pointing at it


How To Build A Cow Out Of Butter

Sculpting a cow from butter is a beloved state fair tradition. This is how it's done.
August 7, 2018
The office of the city clerk, which manages Chicago’s vehicle sticker program.


What’s Chicago Doing About Duplicate Sticker Tickets?

Seven weeks after the city pledged to address the issue, drivers are still on the hook – and mayoral candidates are taking notice.
August 9, 2018

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