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  1. When will Chicago get its next supertall skyscraper?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The last supertall skyscraper in Chicago was the Trump Tower, built in 2009. Before that the city hadn't reached such heights since 1990's Two Prudential Plaza, 16 years after the Willis Tower became the world's tallest building.


  2. Legal hurdles cleared for Congress Theater redevelopmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jan 12 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Nearly a year after this blog first reported that renowned developer Michael Moyer had purchased the troubled Congress Theater - and after 12 months of legal wrangling bogging down the sale - Cook County Circuit Court has removed the final hurdles, and Moyer and Ald. "Proco" Joe Moreno will hold a press conference on Jan. 24 to announce new plans for the 89-year-old, 3,500-seat Logan Square landmark.


  3. When is Chicago-area traffic the worst?Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jan 9 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Traffic. It's something utterly mundane and expected, but when you're inching through a major city on a car or bus, road congestion can be a kind of personal hell.


  4. Schools throughout Chicago area closed due to extreme coldRead the original story

    Tuesday Jan 6 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The National Weather Service says highs on Wednesday in northern Illinois will be from -4 to 2 with wind chills as low as 30 degrees below zero. "The frigid temperatures and winds make a dangerous combination, and it is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a press release.


  5. What's in a name?Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    In a past life, Chicago suburbs Romeoville and Joliet were Romeo and Juliet. Here are three theories on why that is.


  6. It's official: The Death Star controls Walmart on the LakeRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Making official the "sources say" reports that first made national news in October, Live Nation, the giant and voracious corporate Pac-Man of the concert industry, announced on Friday that it now owns a 51-percent controlling interest in the smaller but no less ambitious Austin-based promoter C3 Presents - thereby giving it control of Lollapalooza in Chicago and a major presence in the U.S. festival market. Many questions remain, from why C3 talked such a good game about its loyalty to Chicago for so long, then sold out, to exactly how much the "three Charlies" behind that company made, and how much they'll still be around.


  7. Northwestern Memorial Hospital docked by MedicareRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Medicare has begun punishing 721 hospitals with high rates of infections and other medical errors, cutting payments to half the nation's major teaching hospitals and many institutions that are marquee names. Intermountain Medical Center in Utah, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, NYU Langone Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago are all being docked 1 percent of their Medicare payments through next September, federal records show .


  8. As rents rise, residents fight to stay in Albany ParkRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Arturo Chavez would like to stay in the North Side neighborhood, where he's lived for roughly three years - but that seems increasingly unlikely. "I go around in a car, looking for places," he says, speaking in Spanish.


  9. Freud's goal: Keep Chicago's Lyric Opera relevantRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 18, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    In this Dec. 11, 2014, photo, Anthony Freud, general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, poses on the mezzanine overlooking the foyer at the Lyric. When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, "dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own some day."


  10. 'Uber-gentrification' comes to the West LoopRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 18, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicago's West Loop used to be called Skid Row - a dark stretch of emptiness and foreboding industrial buildings. Then in 1990, a local talk show host moved her Harpo Studios into a former cold storage warehouse on west Washington Street.


  11. Can a neighborhood successfully redevelop without gentrifying?Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 16, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    On a recent weekday, Reid Mackin of the Belmont Central Chamber of Commerce shows off one of the main commercial strips in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. There's a Cricket wireless store on the corner, A&G Fresh Market down the street and a Polish restaurant that nods to the area's past.


  12. Developer sees bright future - and displacementRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    About 150 people packed into a Latin American restaurant a few weeks ago to hear about a proposal for a twin-tower apartment complex in Logan Square, a fast-changing neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side. At the invitation of the local alderman, real-estate developer Robert Buono got to make his case for a zoning change that would allow a venture he leads to build the project on a vacant parcel.


  13. Who polices the police? In Chicago, it's now ex-copsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Public officials around the country are grappling with how to handle police officers accused of using deadly force without justification. In New York City, the focus is an officer's chokehold that killed a 43-year-old man in July.


  14. The new face of the Chinese international studentRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Loyola marketing major Lavinia was one of the Chinese college students modeling at a recent Bloomingdale's fashion show for Chinese students. On a recent blustery night, stylish Chinese college students lined the aisles of the Bloomingdale's department store in downtown Chicago.


  15. Byrne celebrated as feisty, trailblazing mayorRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Dignitaries and members of Jane Byrne's family celebrate the former Chicago mayor at her funeral Monday in Lincoln Park. Chicago said goodbye Monday to Jane Byrne, its first and only female mayor.


  16. Campus police: real deal or rent-a-cops?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Say you are driving around Chicago and you happen to run a red light. There are no Chicago police officers around, but there is a university police car right behind you.


  17. The Study Guide: Candidates' own wordsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    With the election just days away, we gave Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner a questionnaire on five big topics: Education, the minimum wage, income taxes, pensions and jobs. You can see the full questionnaires below , but we've also worked them into a kind of SparkNotes guide for Illinois voters.


  18. Who cleans up crime scenes on Chicago streets?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 3, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Peter Normand's question for Curious City begins with an unusual email he received on July 13. The email was from his alderman, the 49th Ward's Joe Moore. The message referenced William Lewis, a 28-year-old photographer who had just moved to Chicago.


  19. Rogers Park butcher hangs up his apronRead the original story

    Nov 1, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Denny Mondl has spent a lifetime stocking shelves, then running the butcher shop in the back of Ed & Erv's. After a lifetime in the business, he says it's time to close.


  20. As infrastructure crumbles, trillions of gallons of water lostRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water - 2.1 trillion gallons of it.


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