November 29, 2013 You think your commute is bad? How about a two-hour trek to go a mere 15 miles? That's what one Chicago resident faces as she catches trains and buses to get to her part-time job. Commuting can be especially difficult for people who can't afford a car but live far from their jobs.
November 8, 2013 Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is going to settle the debate. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.
October 29, 2013 In many places, the reverse commute from city homes to suburban jobs is as congested as or worse than traffic going into the city. "It's just exhausting," says one reverse commuter, whose 35-mile drive to Chicago's southwest suburbs can take up to two hours depending on traffic. In cities where reverse commutes are common, transit agencies are trying to help.
September 30, 2013 An expert advisory committee recommended Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration allow the use of some personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing. But while many passengers are eager to use their tablets and music players all flight long, it may be months before any rules are changed.
September 30, 2013 With the city's parking meter lease making voters leery of new privatization deals, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for too many public interest protections in the Midway Airport lease, and too few investors saw it as worth the risk. Increasingly, though, governments turn to private investors to run public assets like roads and prisons.