| Nov 8, 2013
Three years ago, during the depths of the housing crisis, a Chicago-area homebuilder set his sights on Libertyville, marketing 26 homes that embraced the principles of new urbanism.
The practical designs of School Street homes — spaced close...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:17 AM
No injuries were reported when a car struck a CTA Pink Line train as it pulled out of the Cicero station this morning, officials said.
The car was headed south on Cicero when it hit the eastbound train around 8:20 a.m., according to CTA spokeswoman Tammy...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Fed up with the multiple taps it took for his Ventra card to work, Michael Askew turned his problematic taps into a problem app.
Askew, 35, this month created an app for iPhones called “Ventra Fails.” CTA riders can record when and where...
| Nov 10, 2013
Veterans Day will be observed Monday. The following public services will be affected:
Schools: Many will be closed, but check with local school offices.
Government offices: Most buildings will be closed. Some driver services facilities normally open...
| Nov 8, 2013
The CTA is telling people to exit at the rear of the bus to avoid being charged double on their Ventra cards. That's not only dumb, but for many, it's dangerous.
Older people, people with disabilities, people with babies and children with them and...
| Nov 9, 2013
Art is more than a creative outlet for Indira Freitas Johnson. For this self-taught artist and sculptor, it's an opportunity to connect communities and cultivate peace.
"Very often we think peace is such a big word and concept and wonder, 'What can my...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:14 AM
Female muggers robbed at least three people in a week in the Chicago Lawn police district, police said Thursday.
In a community alert issued by Area Central detectives, police warned district residents that three afternoon robberies had taken place...
| Oct 28, 2013
Chicago-area transit agencies' move to the Ventra fare-payment system, which has been pockmarked by extremely long waits for cards in the mail and an activation process that led to the temporary reinstatement of old payment options, could be on the cusp...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:13 AM
A CTA public budget hearing turned into a forum for commuters to air their grievances over the troubled Ventra fare-payment system.
About a dozen activists and CTA riders gathered before the Tuesday night meeting in the lobby of the CTA's headquarters,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:04 AM
The troubled Ventra fare-payment system took another hit during the Wednesday evening rush hour when some card readers at 60 of the CTA’s 145 train stations failed, resulting in 15,000 free rides for commuters before the problem was fixed, according...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:27 PM
Passengers exiting CTA buses have always been encouraged to use the rear door for efficiency's sake, but bus drivers on Wednesday warned that departing through the front door now could carry an unintended financial penalty thanks to the new Ventra fare...