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Tall Buildings, More Park Space in $6 Billion Lincoln Yards Master Plan

An artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Yards master plan released in January 2019. (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Developer Sterling Bay unveiled its final master plan for the massive $6 billion Lincoln Yards proposal on Saturday morning, five days before a scheduled vote before the city’s Plan Commission.

Chicago Archdiocese Removes Ex-Children’s Home Chief Accused of Sexual Abuse

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The Rev. John Smyth has been removed from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s ministry while it investigates accusations of sexual abuse against the longtime priest. 

CPS: GPA Error Means Up to 800 Students Mistakenly Applied to Some High Schools


Chicago Public Schools is reopening its high school application process for about 800 eighth-grade students who were mistakenly allowed to apply for programs for which they were not eligible.

Sears Creditors Challenge Hedge Fund Chairman’s Winning Bid

This Oct. 15, 2018 file photo shows a sign for a Sears Outlet department store is displayed in Norristown, Pa.  (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning $5.2 billion bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to air their grievances in court.

Illinois Preparing for Winter Storm

Commuters walk to a bus stop as snow falls, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (Kiichiro Sato / AP Photo)

The Chicago area is forecast to receive 5 to 9 inches of snow through Saturday followed by chances of lake effect snow Sunday.

Jason Van Dyke to be Sentenced Friday in Laquan McDonald Killing

Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends a post-conviction hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on  Dec. 14, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

In October, he became the first Chicago cop in decades to be convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. Now, the former police officer will learn his sentence for the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

New Illinois Program Offers Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids

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In the wake of a new study showing Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car crash, Illinois is trying a new approach to curb opioid addiction: medical marijuana. 

How Will the Laquan McDonald Conspiracy Trial Impact Police Reform?

From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Three Chicago police officers are acquitted in the Laquan McDonald cover-up trial. What impact – if any – will the verdict have on police reform in the city? 

City Asks Public to Weigh In on O’Hare Expansion Designs

The O’Hare expansion proposal by London-based Foster Epstein Moreno Joint Venture (Chicago Department of Aviation)

Chicago’s Department of Aviation unveiled proposals Thursday from five architectural firms competing to design O’Hare International Airport’s $8.5-billion expansion project. 

Windy City Playhouse Stages Breathtaking Production of ‘Noises Off’

Cast of "Noises Off" (Credit: Michael Brosilow)

The show, which is literally breathtaking and a breathtakingly funny production by Windy City Playhouse, is a bravura exercise in extreme mental and physical comedy.

12 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 17-21

Pedro Reyes’s puppet play “Manufacturing Mischief,”featuring Karl Marx, Tiny Trump, Noam Chomsky, Elon Musk and Ayn Rand. (Photos by Sham Sthankiya April 2018)

Puppets, celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of plastic balls usher in the weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Brendan Coyle Makes Chicago Debut in ‘St. Nicholas’

British actor Brendan Coyle is making his Chicago debut in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “St. Nicholas.” (Courtesy Goodman Theatre)

British actor Brendan Coyle, who played Mr. Bates in “Downton Abbey,” chats about his Chicago debut in the Goodman Theatre’s production of “St. Nicholas.” 

A Look Inside Chicago’s International Puppet Theater Festival

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” brings together an ensemble of Native American performers to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration cycle after being separated from  her family. (IBEX Puppetry Media)

With the third edition of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival under way, we visit with the co-directors of the festival's opening show. 

Chicago Cops Found Not Guilty in Laquan McDonald Cover-Up Trial

Background: Ex-Officer Joseph Walsh, second from left, former Detective David March, center, and Chicago police Officer Thomas Gaffney arrive in court on the first day of trial on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Foreground: Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, right, and special prosecutor Ron Safer, left. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A Cook County judge says a trio of current and former Chicago police officers did not conspire to hide details of the Laquan McDonald shooting in an unprecedented trial that put a spotlight on the police department’s so-called code of silence.

What ‘Dry January’ is All About, and Why You Might Want to Try It

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New year, no booze – at least for the month of January. That’s the idea behind the “dry January” trend. 

Gov. Pritzker Orders Worker-Training Investment Review

In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks after he is elected over Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The governor’s third executive order requires a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used.