The United Center vs. the Near West Side

05/09/2011

Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight takes a look at how the United Center affected the Near West Side — and finds that a lot of the neighborhood's development happened in spite of the arena and not because of it. Read More...

Stanley Kubrick's Chicago, 1949

04/13/2011

Before he was a star director, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.” Read More...

"They're stealing our alley"

03/30/2011

Near West Side residents are up in arms over a developer building on their alley, the Sun-Times' Mark Brown reports. Read More...

Chicago bands get SXSW sendoff

03/14/2011

For years, Chicago bands looking for their big break have made pilgrimages to Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest music festival. For nearly as long, they've been gathering at the Hideout in Near North before leaving, the Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson reports. Read More...

In Hendon's wake, wheeling and dealing

03/10/2011

The Reader's Ben Joravsky weighs in on the massive void to be filled by State Sen. Rickey Hendon's departure. Read More...

Columbia union gearing up for fight

03/10/2011

The Chicago Reader reports on the professors' union at Columbia pushing back against the school. Read More...

Who owns your mortgage? They do

03/07/2011

The New York Times reports on the seriously messed-up company that owns half the mortgages in the U.S. Read More...

Former White Castle get landmarked

03/03/2011

Lee Bey of WBEZ reports that the city's pushing to landmark one of the slider chain's original outposts on the Near South Side. Read More...

The Near West Side, circa 1971

02/09/2011

WBEZ's architecture critic, Lee Bey, examines old photos from the Near West Side. Read More...

Lollapalooza headliners leaked

02/08/2011

Eminem, Foo Fighters and Muse are slated to lead the annual festival in Grant Park, according to the Tribune's Greg Kot. Read More...