In 2007, Chicago made an extensive effort to keep students from dropping out in their freshman year, and found a silver bullet. The Atlantic checks their progress.
It's known as a commercial desert, but people are making money there—especially hair salons and tax-prep services. The Chicago Reporter pays a visit.
Michael Lansu, who ran the Sun-Times's "Homicide Watch," opens up on the beat. Vice sits down for a Q&A.
The city's controversial new tax on cloud computing services comes as its telecommunications tax revenues are collapsing. Chicago magazine explains.
During Chicago's decades of redlining, they provided rare capital in the community, but the Great Recession hit the remaining ones hard. Marketplace looks at their history.
Anita Alvarez speaks in-depth about her controversial decision to charge Rekia Boyd's shooter with involuntary manslaughter. The Tribune gets her on the record.
This week, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange goes down to one open-outcry trading pit. The pits' veterans have some stories to tell. WBEZ gets the first-person perspective.
Ponyville comes to Schaumburg, and brings more than just the famous male fans of the plastic horses. The Reader goes inside.
But it would still be lower than it was in 1999—and the lowest in Cook County. Crain's runs the numbers.
One of the city's most notorious houses sat unfinished for five years, but with another $700,000 it'll be good as new. DNAInfo takes a tour.