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A Tale of Two Milwaukee Avenues

In Chicago, on Milwaukee Avenue specifically between Ashland and Kedzie Avenues, a contrasting tale is being told. It is a tale of fulfilled opportunity and of opportunity lost. This vibrant commercial corridor is at the epicenter of a dramatic development wave that is crossing neighborhoods and wards. Show More Summary

Which Cities in Illinois Have the Snobbiest Residents?

You can find snobby people just about anywhere, but do some cities have more snobs than others? The website RoadSnacks attempted to answer this question by looking at 371 cities in Illinois with at least 5,000 people. Then they scoured...Show More Summary

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets Headline Harvest and Harmony Fest: Chicago's North Shore suburb's first annual festival to spotlight its hidden artist community

Marshall Crenshaw Tucked in somewhere in the conspicuous affluence of Highland Park, Illinois lies the town's quaint Ravinia District- a tiny, yet vibrant community of small business owners, unique boutiques, and eclectic restaurants and food specialty shops. Show More Summary

Understanding Violence in the African American Community

Black Lives Matter is a good concept, but how do we address Black on Black violence? African American people kill one another in record numbers throughout the United States. Other cultures also kill, however, African American leaders have failed in their efforts to reduce homicides in their own community. Show More Summary

History repeating: Chicago aldermen who opposed food trucks now seek to restrict operations for food carts

Less than a day after Chicago lifted its ban on food carts on Sept. 24, city aldermen with a history of limiting the city's food options made moves to restrict vendors' ability to operate in lucrative locations. Two aldermen have launched...Show More Summary

Vape Culture Attracts Teens, Poses Harmful Risks

By Sasha Keenan, Naperville North Dyamond Jones, Walter Payton and Elise Martin, Hinsdale Central Hinsdale Central senior Cameron Anderson didn't know what she was getting herself into when she picked up the seemingly harmless device. Show More Summary

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Urban Parks

Shaking hands with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the ribbon cutting at Northerly Island. At any given point, cities along the Great Lakes are making investments in the waterways along the basin that more than 40 million people call home. Show More Summary

These Illinois School Districts are Spending the Most and Least Per Student

During the 2013-14 school year, the average operating expense per student was $12,521, according to Illinois State Board of Education. This figure takes into consideration a number of different expenses, such as transportation costs, instructional costs and student resources, among other things. Show More Summary

How Boehner's 'False Prophets' Warning Could Apply to Rauner and Madigan

Tired of gridlock and wary of another potential government shutdown, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner opted to resign from the speakership last week. In Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan appear quite...Show More Summary

10 Crazy Corn Mazes in Illinois

With all the corn fields in Illinois, you know there has to be some pretty awesome corn maze designs. As you might have heard, an international architecture and design publication recently ranked the world's top 10 best mazes in 2015, and No. Show More Summary

Rauner Administration, Democrats Getting Very Good at Driving Each Other Crazy

Anyone who's been paying attention to Illinois politics knows absolutely nothing is getting done in Springfield. But both sides have made significant progress on one front as they master the art of driving each other crazy. IllinoisShow More Summary

No Coasting With a Fixie... Ever

My 14-year-old son spent the summer biking all over Chicago on a "fixie". I spent the summer dreading a phone call from an ER. Fixies have a devoted following among teen-age boys. They are the cool, hip bikes to own. They also have created anxiety among parents like me, who just want their kids biking it from point A to point B in one piece. Show More Summary

Chicago Aldermen Vote to Overturn City's Ban on Food Carts

Food carts are legal in Chicago. On Sept. 24, City Council registered a historic vote to establish a legal path to food-cart vending for Chicagoans. For decades, Chicago's food-cart vendors struggled to earn a living in a city that banned their trade. Show More Summary

If You Think 'Straight-Acting' Is An Acceptable Term, You're An Ahole

In a recent interview, director Roland Emmerich attempted to explain his baffling decision to make the protagonist of his much-maligned new film, "Stonewall," a fictional twinky corn-fed white cis gay man instead of one of the many non-white...Show More Summary

Famed Rock 'N' Roll Photographers Tell Their Stories

What does it really mean to party like a rock star? On The Dinner Party podcast, I turned the WGN Radio A1 studio into a British pub to welcome Pattie Boyd (photographer, author and first wife to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton),...Show More Summary

Famed Rock 'N' Roll Photographers Tell Their Stories

What does it really mean to party like a rock star? On The Dinner Party podcast, I turned the WGN Radio A1 studio into a British pub to welcome Pattie Boyd (photographer, author and first wife to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton),...Show More Summary

If the Pope Came to Chicago

Was it a dream? I really did not see that. Did I? What if the Pope really did come to Chicago? Do you think it could have looked like this? Cassie and The Pope In the pre-dawn chill of the first day of autumn, peering out our front window,...Show More Summary

These 30 Colleges in Illinois Have the Highest Violent Crime Rates

How safe are Illinois' public and private colleges? Law Street Media recently published its campus crime rate data for 2015, which ranked hundreds of national colleges based on their campus' crimes. Law Street Media says about its rankings: Campuses...Show More Summary

People Before Politics: The Pope's Call to Congress

This week, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is making his inaugural trip to the United States and will deliver the first ever speech by a Pope to a Joint Session of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and I believe I speak for the majority of my colleagues when I say that we are truly honored that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation. Show More Summary

A Weekend in Central Mass: The Stadium

This is the second installment of a three-part series. You can read the first part here. General Foley Stadium is where the Worcester high school football teams play. I can picture the scene on Friday nights: traffic backed up on Chandler...Show More Summary

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