The CTA built a flashy new Belmont Blue Line station that isn't accessible to people with disabilities. (Photo/Remy Edstrom)
Chicago's leather museum documents BDSM's history. (Photo/Faith Berwick)
How did the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 influence our city's architecture? (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
While gun violence is well-documented on the South Side, the West Side – which harbors criminal “hotspots” – sometimes gets overlooked. Both community areas have two predominant sociological factors in common: concentrated poverty and lack of adequate resources, sources say.
The city has seen a 20% increase in pothole complaints from last year. Some haven’t been repaired almost a year after they were reported, which has the city looking at making changes to its process.
Historically, Pilsen, a neighborhood in Chicago’s Lower West Side, is known for its rich Latino culture. But gentrification is bringing higher home costs and shifting the neighborhood's demographic, data show.
The Chicago Board of Elections reports that of 1.57 million registered voters in Chicago, only 70.7 percent -- or 1.11 million -- cast a ballot for the 2016 presidential race. Numbers were far worse for the 2018 midterms and turnout for the 2019 Chicago mayoral election flirted with all-time lows. Experts say race, gender and age play a role.