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Winter's not over yet: Steer your car clear of city snowplows

CHICAGO | Elizabeth Wilton was new to Chicago in 2004 and she bought a steering wheel club lock to prevent her car from being stolen. So imagine her shock when she couldn't find her car on the Rogers Park street where she had left it the night before.

February 28, 2012 12:00 am

Single transit card for CTA, Metra, Pace closer to becoming reality

CHICAGO | Those commuters who use a combination of Chicago's transit agencies — CTA, Metra and Pace — may one day have to carry only a single "open payment" smart card, or maybe even just their smart phone, instead of juggling cards, passes and stickers to transfer from one mode to another.

February 24, 2012 6:30 pm

CTA hires firm to explore public-private Red Line deal

CHICAGO | The Chicago Transit Authority has some big jobs that need to be done, jobs that will cost a lot of money. In a financial climate that has seen revenue from taxes dry up, the CTA has turned to private firms to look for ways to come up with the money to do the work.

February 14, 2012 9:00 pm
Civic startup Open City makes Chicago more transparent

Civic startup Open City makes Chicago more transparent

Paul Baker and Derek Eder, two of the founders of Open City, point out the highest-paid lobbying firms in the city, graphically illustrated through their web application ChicagoLobbyists.org.

January 29, 2012 12:00 am
Civic startup Open City makes Chicago more transparent

Civic startup Open City makes Chicago more transparent

CHICAGO | Chicago was in the midst of a snowstorm Jan. 20, and Laura Zumdahl was debating if she should venture out in her car.

January 28, 2012 9:00 pm

Chicago wants public to steer new citywide bikeway plan

CHICAGO | Whether you're an 8-year-old kid pedaling to school or an 80-year-old retiree biking to the grocery store, the Chicago Department of Transportation wants you to feel safe.

January 22, 2012 8:00 pm
Women drive, walk and ride the El, but what about bikes?

Women drive, walk and ride the El, but what about bikes?

CHICAGO | Lisa Lubin began cycling regularly a few years ago after traveling the world and witnessing how common commuting by bike is in other countries, especially in northern Europe.

January 22, 2012 8:00 pm
Women drive, walk and ride the El, but what about bikes?

Women drive, walk and ride the El, but what about bikes?

Kim Werst, left, teaches bike maintenance and safety to women and transgender people at West Town Bikes. Many women cite safety as a reason for not riding more in the city. Werst's answer to that is to find "secret routes" and avoid main roads.

January 20, 2012 11:42 am
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