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Mapping the West Loop’s unprecedented development boom

A look at the 58 projects in the pipeline.

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The most beautiful historic interiors in Chicago

There’s beauty everywhere: Theaters, fieldhouses, apartments, lobbies and libraries.

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Revisit Ferris Bueller’s Chicago

You can take a cinematic tour of 1980s Chicago featured in the classic John Hughes film.

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Chicago’s essential hardware stores, mapped

These are essential businesses still open where you can get cleaning supplies, housewares, and maybe even a roll of toilet paper.

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15 best vintage furniture stores in Chicago

From eclectic antique markets to curated midcentury modern shops.

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The best places to work when you aren’t going into the office in Chicago

Not a fan of working from home? These spots have free wifi, good coffee, and plenty of outlets.

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What makes an Irish bar authentic? Look for these 6 design elements.

Here are a few ways to spot the real deal in Chicago.

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16 iconic signs that define Chicago

From neon church crosses, flashing theater names, and the red Wrigley marquee.

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27 iconic Chicago buildings that everyone should know

From Tribune Tower to the South Shore Cultural Center, these buildings are the heart and soul of the city.

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26 places to go in Chicago this winter

These are the places that you must visit in Chicago right now—new classics, old favorites, and other essential sites.

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14 significant Mies van der Rohe buildings in Chicago

From the Federal Center to the IIT campus.

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Where to see holiday lights in Chicago

Let the magic begin

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The best ice skating rinks in Chicago

From luxury rinks on high-rises to neighborhood ice in city parks.

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Chicago’s best places to cry in public

Need a minute?

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Downtown Chicago’s most iconic public art

Iconic work from Picasso to Miro and Chagall.

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9 Chicago area historic cemeteries to explore

See the city’s oldest burial grounds.

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10 beginner bike rides in Chicago

Here are some low-stress routes to get you started on two-wheels in the city

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14 secret parks and gardens in Chicago

Green rooftops, tucked away gardens, beautiful parks

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Where to watch Navy Pier’s fireworks along the lakefront

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, where to see Navy Pier fireworks all summer long.

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Mapping architect César Pelli’s legacy in Chicago

The late designer’s most significant contributions to the Chicago skyline are still yet to come.

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11 outdoor pools for summer in Chicago

Indoor pools are open year-round, and outdoor pools are open from mid-June to Labor Day. Plus, they’re all free.

Chicago’s worst intersections turned into minimalist map art

"The Crotch" is now wall art

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11 best places to make out in Chicago, mapped

Valentine’s Day is here, folks.

New heat map shows Chicago’s favorite running, cycling routes

You can see the Chicago Marathon route

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Chicago's 54 high-rises under construction, mapped

Developers are keeping Chicago architects and construction crews very busy this summer with no fewer than 54 active tower projects currently rising across the city.

Who owns what along the North Branch?

Developers have already starting moving in on the many industrial properties that line the Chicago River’s North Branch.

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Mapping the West Loop development boom

With new proposals coming out of the woodwork seemingly every single week, it is now an appropriate time to compile and visualize the developments headed to what is what is now undoubtedly Chicago’s hottest neighborhood.

The development activity happening in your neighborhood

An updated map tool from Chicago Cityscape allows users to easily crawl permits and census data.

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Chicago's 10 most Instagrammed places, mapped

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The priciest monthly assessments in Chicago right now

See how much Chicago has developed over the last 30 years

A new time lapse feature from Google Earth shows how cities around the globe have changed over the decades. And it should be no surprise that Chicago’s downtown has changed in the last 30 years.

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10 free things to do in Chicago on Black Friday

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Mapping some of Chicago's most endangered historic buildings

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10 great starter homes throughout Chicago

Unlike cities on the east and west coasts, Chicago's vast inventory of affordable houses and condos makes homeownership obtainable for many.

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Where to Rent in Chicago Right Now

Developers delivered thousands of new apartment units to the greater downtown area last summer, and this year is looking to be another repeat.

Mapping Chicago's Landmark Buildings

With so many buildings having some form of historic designation, it can get difficult keeping track of them all. Fortunately, there's now an interactive map that pins each one of Chicago's city designated landmarks.

Mapping Coyote Sightings in Chicago

Coyotes sightings in Chicago have been on the rise in recent years, and now there's a convenient map that helps detail exactly where coyotes have been spotted.

Many Chicago Neighborhoods Are at Risk of Lead Exposure

While the drinking water that is produced from Lake Michigan may be some of the safest in the country, Chicago is a city with a large inventory of aging homes that still contain lead paint and pipes.

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The 16 Most Expensive Listings in Chicago Right Now

From historic mansions, to contemporary spaces, to sky-high penthouses, these residences are currently the most expensive on the market in Chicago.