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The Two-Flat

A lineup of two-flats Photo: Ian Spula It is Chicago’s answer to the Brooklyn brownstone, the Georgetown row house, and the London townhome. Except the two-flat remains affordable, still performing the duty to which it was first called in the early 20th century—that is, serving as both shelter and source of rental income for striving … Read more

We Take Street Art Literally

Pothole #1, 4631 N. Kenton Ave.  Photos: Courtesy of the artist Here’s a reason to embrace our winter weather: Without it, we wouldn’t have so many potholes, and without so many potholes, we wouldn’t have pothole art—specifically, the whimsical tile mosaics that Jim Bachor has been clandestinely embedding in patches of broken pavement around the … Read more

Best Public Schools in Chicago

For our new rankings of the Chicago area’s public elementary and high schools, we plunged deeper into the data than ever before, using smarter, fairer, and more reliable new ways of measuring performance—and got some surprising results.