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Ryan Smith is a freelance Chicago-based journalist. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Belt Magazine and other publications.

Tax revenue should go to affordable housing, not megadevelopments, aldermen say

A group of progressive aldermen are calling for TIF reform and a fairer distribution of its revenue.

Coworking gets cozy at the Hoxton hotel in Fulton Market

London’s "anti-hotel" group expands into the red-hot coworking market in Chicago.

Gotham Greens opens a second greenhouse in rapidly redeveloping Pullman

It’s another sign of the neighborhood’s "renaissance."

Chicago’s largest food bank plans $50 million expansion on Southwest Side

It will help the organization deliver more meals to elderly folks who can’t leave their homes.

Mayor Lightfoot’s ‘Plan B’ budget includes a property tax hike and spending cuts

Property taxes could jump by $65 million a year.

Century-old historic suburban Georgian mansion lists for $800K

The 6,100 square-foot home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A historic church in Bronzeville with civil rights legacy could get landmark protection

Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon at the neoclassical Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in 1967.

Early November snow freezes commutes, delays trains, cancels more than 800 flights

Snow this early on makes getting around the city a bit more difficult.

More money for arts in Chicago neighborhoods will be ‘powerful,’ the mayor says

Half of the increase will go to underserved neighborhoods.

Unwrapping the 106-year history of Chicago’s Christmas tree lighting tradition

Surprising facts about the urban holiday celebration.