News Innovation

Dan Sinker shows off @mayoremanuel, his deliciously profane Twitter parody of mayoral candidate Rahm Emmanuel (which the new mayor greeted with good humor... eventually). The feed, now a book, is part of a long resume of quirky new media properties. He now runs Open News, a collaboration of Mozilla and the Knight Foundation on the future of journalism technology. (Image: Daniel X. O'Neil CC-by)

Despite the odds, Chicago has become a rallying point for programmer-journalists who are shaping the future of news. (Image: Daniel X. O’Neil CC-by)

Community Responses to Foreclosure Crisis

This house on Normal Street embodies the struggle for housing in Chicago. Oversized in a traditionally Irish neighborhood, in 2010 the property was denied to a black family after they had agreed on a $1.7 million sale price. The Federal government filed a discrimination suit, which is ongoing. When relisted later that year, records indicated the property was in foreclosure. (Image and reporting: Eric Allix Rogers  CC-by-nc-sa)

The long, drawn-out foreclosure crisis continues to hamper the nation’s economic recovery – and continues to drag down Chicago communities as it spreads to more affluent areas of the city. Chicago organizers are responding. (Image: Eric Allix Rogers CC-by-nc-sa)


The elevated trains that have circled the city core since 1895 give downtown Chicago it's name: The Loop. (Image: Ian Freimuth CC by/sa/nc)

America’s Golden Funnel – a mega-port through which the bounty of a fruited midcontinent flowed east and finished goods west. First by water and later by rail, semitrailer and jetliner. (Image: John W. Iwanski CC by/nc)

Sustainable Chicago

The Union Stockyards, made infamous by Upton Sinclair, now host LEED certified grocer TESTA Produce, whose commitment to renewable energy spins overhead. (Image: Josh Mogerman CC by/nc/sa)

What do the New York Times, National Geographic, and the environmental news site Grist have in common? They’ve all cited Chicago as one of the world’s greenest cities. Despite its “big shoulders” industrial heritage, Chicago has worked hard to become green, sustainable, and livable. (Image: Josh Mogerman CC by/nc/sa)

Chicago Theater

Chicago Theatre

Chicago has the largest African-American theater community in the United States, and no less than five Tony Award winning companies. (Image: CC by/sa/nc)

Chicago Music

Lupe Fiasco's brand of complex, self deprecating hip-hop is part of a Chicago tradition of conscious rap. On the other hand, there's Kanye West. (Image: NRKP3 CC by/sa/nc)

The neighborhood influence on Chicago music is so strong that even the major downtown institutions feel its gravitational pull. Since the days when King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines made Bronzeville a jazz mecca, music innovations have come from Chicago neighborhoods. (Image: NRKP3)

The Intellectual Crossroads

Argonne National Laboratory (Image: ANL CC by/sa)

The brawling, hog-butchering, blue-collar factory town of the 19th century has evolved into a formidable, world-class center for scientific and intellectual creativity. (Image: Argonne National Laboratory)

The Fight for Affordable Housing

The city skyline from the Near West side. (Image: Justin Kern CC-by-sa-nc)

Chicago’s shortage of affordable housing has only grown during the past decade, both during the housing boom, with rentals converted to condos, and since the crash, with tens of thousands of apartment buildings falling into foreclosure. Organizers are pushing back. (Image: Justin Kern CC by-sa-nc)

Startup Chicago

Tech startups cluster downtown in Chicago's River North neighborhood. (Image: needoptic CC by/sa)

A growing hive of Chicago tech startups are benefiting from a new ecosystem of mentors, boosters and funders. (Image: needoptic CC by/sa)

Corporate Innovation

Michigan Avenue hums during rush hour. (Image: Brian Kowpowski CC by/nc/sa)

The commercial capital city of America periodically reinvents itself in new waves of entrepreneurial innovation. And the surf is up again on the country’s freshwater third coast. (Image: Brian Koprowski CC by/nc/sa)

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