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The transportation change we seek around the Obama Presidential Center

The city should beef up transit instead of widening roads and eating up parkland. At last May's unveiling of preliminary designs for the Obama …

Transportation

Are tiny houses a solution to homelessness in Chicago?

The push for a small answer to a massive problem The fetish for upscale tiny houses has been around long enough for some of the novelty to wear off.…

Homelessness

Being a straight go-go dancer in gay nightclubs can be tricky, even dangerous

"I don't even pretend to know what women go through on a daily basis, but I feel like I have a peek," Ben Krane says. Chicagoans is a first-person …

Time I

How to take a fly on that workplace romance

Dan advises an out lesbian interested in a coworker, a sixtysomething would-be lesbian, and more. Q: I'm a 38-year-old lesbian, very femme, very out. …

Relationships

Can a marriage withstand an oedipal revelation?

Q: <b>My father left my mother abruptly when I was 14 years old, and he hasn't contacted either of us since. It was a crushing blow for her, and she</b> …

Is it time to bring point-to-point car share to Chicago?

First Ward alderman Joe Moreno wants to put a trial program in place this spring, but opponents worry that it will create a parking crunch. The …

Transportation

Five unfortunate civic traits that make Chicago Bezos bait

Gullibility, docility, and more characteristics that should help convince Jeff Bezos to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to town. Within moments of …

City Politics

The trials of Stuart V. Goldberg, Chicago’s flashiest defense attorney

In a half hour Stuart V. Goldberg needs to be in three different Chicago courtrooms dozens of miles apart. It's 8:30 AM on a Tuesday in October 2016. …

Life is sweet for a Chicago candy maker

“When people hear about my job, they often ask me, ‘Is there really candy everywhere?’ And the reality is yes,” Stacey Espinosa says. Chicagoans is a …

Chemical Engineering

Women are forging a space of their own in Chicago’s manufacturing industry

Local programs are supporting women in their fight for greater representation in the male-dominated trades. Arlena Williams's evenings off work are …

Sexual Harassment

Putting the neighborhood watch on watch

A call for private security officers in Ukrainian Village spurs a neighborhood discussion of crime and racial profiling. When Jill Hopkins saw a post …

University of Chicago

If Mayor Rahm really wanted to stop poor people from leaving Chicago, he’d stop giving TIF handouts to corporations

Instead another TIF deal benefits benefits a downtown building instead of neighborhoods in need. When Mayor Emanuel recently returned from vacation …

Special Education

WTF? A medical mystery becomes the talk of the dungeon

Dan Savage advises a professional dominatrix about a client's alarming behavior, and more. Q: I'm a professional dominatrix, and I thought I'd seen …

Relationships

Divvy’s top rider of 2017 pedaled 6,000 miles while making food deliveries

Kerdia Roland is an African-American food courier with some thoughts on increasing ridership in communities of color. On January 2 my mind was blown …

UberEATS

Chris Kennedy got it right: people of color are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally

The gubernatorial candidate nailed the whole point of Mayors Daley and Emanuel’s economic development programs. When I moved to Chicago in 1981, the …

Urban Design

How to succeed as a ‘sexy daddy’

Dan advises the potential beneficiaries of this and other "things." Plus: the fetish even an ob-gyn hadn't heard of Q: I'm a 67-year-old gay man. …

Relationships

Chicago rapper Kami has a big hit in the making with ‘Payload’

Some of my favorite recent hits have taken months to peak—Chief Keef's "Faneto," for instance, came out in October 2014 but didn't achieve …

Savemoney

Collaboraction dedicates a new performance festival to racism and racial healing in Chicago

Last fall, in the vein of its long-running, now-retired Sketchbook festival, the social-issues-focused theater group Collaboraction brought together …

Racism

Despite a few bumps in the road, Chicago’s year in transportation didn’t suck

The Trump administration still threatens sustainable infrastructure, but 2017 brought improvements to Chicago’s streets, transit hubs, and bikeways. …

Urban Design

The peculiar difficulty of being an AirBnb host on Chicago’s south side

“People are afraid of the south side. It’s ridiculous. I educate my guests,” Afri Atiba says. Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the …

Selling

The U. of C.’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab explores health and social issues through video games

“We're trying to see what games actually do, beyond the question ‘Do violent video games make people more violent?’” designer Ashlyn Sparrow says. …

University of Chicago

Property tax madness!

Homeowners’ rush to avoid losing money on the new Republican tax law is just the latest sign that the system for funding public education remains …

Cook County

Can a heavy flirtation with an ex be justified?

Dan Savage counsels a married letter writer into flirting with her ex-husband, and more. Q: I married my high-school sweetheart at 17, had a baby, …

Relationships

The midwest's midcentury-modern mecca is Midland, Michigan

You can't go a day in Chicago without hearing mention of seminal architects Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, or Frank Lloyd Wright. Or encountering …

Spreading the good word about Chicago gospel

Robert Marovich grew up Catholic, and he didn't encounter gospel music for the first time till he was in his early 20s. It was January 1984, and he …

In Amour Fou, a brilliant Prussian writer seeks a partner in suicide

Toward the end of <i>Amour Fou</i>, Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner (<i>Lourdes</i>) imagines the final meeting between Heinrich von Kleist (Christian …

How ratings agencies play their own politics with Chicago taxpayers

I would have been perfectly content to get through life without ever reading a credit-rating report.<p>But then Moody's had to cause a ruckus with its …

Actor Robert Ryan was The Wild Bunch's party man

<b>In an October 2009</b> cover story, "The Actor's Letter," <i>Reader</i> film editor J.R. Jones chronicled the Chicago upbringing of Robert Ryan, whom Martin …

Headquarters hosted a pinball tournament for masochists

Steve Dau can't remember how old he is.<p>The burly, bearded Elgin man reaches into his wallet and pulls out his driver's license to check after I ask …

Northlight Theatre's Shining Lives is a missed opportunity to depict real drama

If you don't leave this show furious you have no heart. The story alone should make you furious: a group of young women, full of life and hope, take …