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If Broadway saved New York, what about Chicago?

Did Broadway save a bankrupt city of New York? Such a case is credibly made by New York Post columnist Michael Riedel in his fascinating new book, "Razzle Dazzle," published this week by Simon & Schuster. Riedel focuses in on the year 1975 when the city's credit rating sunk after the discovery of a …

In Chicago, an ambitious biennial for architecture banishes the stars and anoints a new generation

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened to the public last weekend with an ambitious collection of gallery installations, performances, talks and tours scattered across the city, does not have an official theme.<p>The artistic directors, Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, wanted to keep …

Chicago has had 16 mass shootings so far this year, with no presidential notice

No presidential trips to funerals in Chicago for victims of any of the 16 mass shootings in President Obama’s hometown. It is amazing how some mass …

With state budget stalled, Choose Chicago cuts staff

With $7.2 million of its funding frozen by the state's ongoing budget stalemate, Choose Chicago, the city's official tourism arm, is laying off one-fourth of its workforce and closing two international offices.<p>The cutbacks, announced Friday, saw Choose Chicago eliminate 28 positions, including 15 …

Gun laws across U.S. in balance as Supreme Court considers Chicago case

Gun rights advocates are urging the Supreme Court to strike down a local Chicago ordinance prohibiting semiautomatic "assault weapons" that can carry more than 10 rounds.<p>The justices on Friday were to consider the appeal in Friedman vs. City of Highland Park. If they refuse to hear the appeal, the …

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Should Obama declare state of emergency for Chicago over gun violence?

CHICAGO -- Members of Operation PUSH announced Saturday they want President Obama to declare a state of emergency in Chicago as gun violence …