| Oct 4, 2008
| 4:22 PM
I have now totally embraced the Zen of the El, putting aside my innate distrust of anything unfamiliar until it gets familiar. I love the el now. The trick is to move from thinking rapid transit means, you know, rapid......
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:20 AM
The Wells Street bridge was reopened to cars, bikers and pedestrians this morning, bringing an end to a year-long shutdown while construction crews replaced the 91-year-old bridge.
Just before 6:15 a.m., construction workers in reflective vests and...
| May 19, 2013
| 8:00 AM
It was called the “seventh engineering wonder of the world,” a herculean effort to reverse the flow of the Chicago River.
Typhoid fever, cholera and other waterborne diseases were running rampant in Chicago in the late 19th century, and...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:49 PM
The young musicians of the Civic Orchestra, as enamored as they were of the prospect of being mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, didn't see it coming.
The world's most celebrated cellist, who's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's creative consultant, was chatting...
| May 8, 2012
| 9:06 PM
With battle lines forming over a planned three-tower development at the historic but underutilized Wolf Point site along the Chicago River, Ald. Brendan Reilly announced Tuesday that he has told the project's developers to present their plans at a May...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 6:12 AM
During the month of October, lakes Michigan and Huron were within an inch of kissing the all-time record low for the month, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a press call Wednesday.
The lakes are considered two lobes of one body of water,...
| Mar 17, 2010
Green beer and shamrocks can only mean one thing, it's St. Patty's Day - in America.
Few people realize that while the traditional St. Patrick's Day was born in Ireland, few of the traditions Americans know and love were. Furthermore, few St. Patty's...
| Dec 17, 2010
If you're used to browsing Michigan Avenue or suburban mall stores, Albany Park's Lawrence Avenue might seem a bit like stepping into another world. Along a 12-block stretch, you can shop a Korean pharmacy, Mexican bakery, Middle Eastern dress shop and...
| Apr 30, 2011
Because I cover the conflict-ridden fields of architecture and urban planning, I've had more than my share of memorable run-ins — er, moments — with Mayor Richard Daley. None was more revealing than the interview that former Tribune reporter...
| Mar 11, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Dennis Byrne explores the question, Did tagger "deserve" to die? about graffiti vandal Jason Kitchekeg, who died after jumping into the Chicago River during a police chase. The answer of course is no, defacing property is not a capital crime......
| Mar 17, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva The greening of the O'Bama White House is complete. Down to the fountains. They are flowing green on the North and South Lawns today, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, at the request of First Lady Michelle......