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Chinatown’s Getting A Massive New Neighbor. What Happens Next?

A megadevelopment is being built near Chinatown. Can the neighborhood survive? Experiences of other Chinatowns suggest it might not.
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South Side Residents Pledge To ‘Report Violence’ In Bid For More Peaceful Summer

The hope is that mass reporting will make cooperation with police less dangerous.
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Chicago Teens Dream Big For Their Schools, Their City

Hundreds of students crafted solutions to some of the city’s toughest issues and presented them this week as Chicago inaugurated a new ma...
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The Push To Make Chicago’s Lakefront A National Park

Yosemite. Grand Canyon. And Chicago’s Lakefront? Preservation Chicago wants the lakefront and adjacent parks to become a National Park.
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Teaching Culinary Arts in Spanish To Open Doors In Restaurant Business

A City Colleges of Chicago advanced culinary program is taught all in Spanish to reach students with limited English skills.


In Chicago, Private Sector Investment 4 Times Greater In White, Wealthy Areas

A new Urban Institute study shows stark disparities between the levels of private investment in white and black neighborhoods.
Law enforcement officers gather outside the Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing plant Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Aurora, Ill. Police say a gunman killed several people and injured police officers before he was fatally shot. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)


Gun Rights Group Promises ‘Big Court Battle’ If New Illinois Bill Becomes Law

Legislation that would make sweeping changes to the gun permitting process in Illinois passed through House committee Tuesday.
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Artist Gregg Bordowitz On The Aids Crisis, New Exhibit In Chicago

Gregg Bordowitz's new exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago is an overview of his 30-plus-year career and the ongoing AIDS crisis.
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Out With (Some Of) The Old: Track Lightfoot’s Picks To Run City Hall

We're keeping an eye on City Hall’s revolving door: where Rahm Emanuel’s top aides are going, and who Lori Lightfoot taps to replace them.
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Facing Deportation, Pregnant Mom Seeks Refuge In Chicago Church

Adilene Marquina’s asylum claim was denied. Ordered to leave the country by Thursday, she has taken refuge at a Southwest Side church.
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New Lightfoot Appointment Wants More Affordable Housing, Less Segregation

Chicago’s new housing commissioner wants to expand affordable housing in neighborhoods that have excluded working families.
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Illinois Charter School Battles Coming To A Head As Bill Advances

A bill to kill a state commission that can overrule a school board’s decision to reject a charter could see a vote in the IL House soon.
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Congrats, Mayor Lightfoot. Here Are The Big Problems You’ll Have To Solve

Winning the election was probably the easy part for Lightfoot. Here are the immediate problems she faces and what’s at stake for taxpayers.
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Five Food And Drink Legacies Of The 1893 World's Fair

Lots of items in your local grocery aisle claim to have been at the 1893 World's Fair. We piece together these savory origin stories.

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