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Stories by Evan Garcia

So Long to the Straight Dope: Witty Q&A Column Calls It Quits

Ed Zotti, Straight Dope editor at the Chicago Reader (Chicago Tonight)

After nearly half a century of answering questions ranging from the trivial to the technical to the taboo, the Chicago Reader’s informative and irreverent weekly column has ended.

New Chicago Bike Map Highlights Most ‘Mellow’ Routes

As Chicago tries to become a more bike-friendly city, a transportation journalist offers his own, low-stress routes.

Emanuel on Term Limits, Chicago’s Affordable Housing Challenges

“Gov. Quinn has been working on this – he doesn’t have the signatures ready,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said of efforts to place a binding referendum on the November ballot asking whether Chicago mayors should be limited to two terms.

Chicago Poet Patricia Frazier Named National Youth Poet Laureate

Patricia Frazier

The 19-year-old writes poetry with a message of empowerment, social activism and remembrance. Meet Patricia Frazier.

The Week in Review: Immigration Debate Explodes in Chicago

The immigration debate hits Chicago. The governor’s race heats up. The head of the Chicago Teachers Union steps down. And the Bulls have their pick.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Karen Lewis Retiring

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the retirement of Chicago Teacher Union President Karen Lewis in this web-exclusive video.

How Feasible is Boring Company’s Plan for O’Hare Express Train?

Elon Musk’s proposal calls for an underground system that transports travelers on pods at speeds of 125-150 mph. (Credit: The Boring Company)

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has vowed to get started on digging an 18-mile tunnel from Block 37 to O’Hare airport in the next three to four months. We discuss the plan with Deputy Mayor of Chicago Robert Rivkin.

Friends Remember Elizabeth Brackett’s Energy, Adventurous Outlook

(Courtesy Sharone Aharon)

She was an award-winning journalist and an internationally recognized triathlete. A wife, mother, sister, friend and inspiration. Four people who knew Elizabeth Brackett well share their memories with us.

The Week in Review: Musk Promises 12-Minute O’Hare Express

Elon Musk’s Boring Company wins a bid to build high-speed transportation from downtown Chicago to O’Hare. How technologically and economically feasible is the plan? That story and more with Paris Schutz and guests Steve Daniels, Derrick Blakley, Becky Vevea and Rick Telander.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Will Elon Musk Sway Jeff Bezos?

Paris Schutz and guests further discuss Elon Musk’s plans for an O’Hare express train. 

Bird Blood and Banding: Tracking Egrets in Cook County

Once a year, scientists and veterinarians check on nesting birds at Baker’s Lake in Cook County, where they can also learn a lot about the environment – and predict possible health concerns for humans.

The Beatles in Evanston: A Rare Look at Northwestern’s Beatles Manuscripts

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport in February 1964.

A local institution holds handwritten lyric sheets belonging to the biggest-selling music artists of all time. We get a peek at this collection of cultural artifacts.

Donda’s House Renamed After Kanye West-Rhymefest Twitter Beef

A Chicago nonprofit co-founded in 2012 by Che “Rhymefest” Smith and Kanye West has been rebranded. Rhymefest tells us what’s next for the organization formerly known as Donda’s House.

The Week in Review: Lawmakers Pass Budget on Time

Illinois lawmakers approve a state budget. Another top Democratic official faces harassment allegations. President Donald Trump says he might commute Rod Blagojevich’s sentence. And Anthony Rizzo slides his way into controversy.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Illinois’ Structural Deficit

Paris Schutz and guests discuss Moody’s not-so-rosy reaction to this week’s budget news.

10 Things About Chicago Beaches You Might Not Know

Chicago’s beaches – more than two dozen of ‘em – opened for the season Friday. Here are 10 things you may not know about the city’s sandy side.

Chicago to Pittsburgh in 45 Minutes: A Look at the High-Speed Hyperloop

(Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Could the Midwest soon be connected to a futuristic transit option? We visit one company’s hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert.

Report: US Border Patrol Officials Have Abused Young Migrants

A new report from the ACLU and the University of Chicago alleges a disturbing trend of abuse towards young migrants held by immigration officials.

Chicago Park District to Shut Down Drinking Fountains Due to Lead

Chicagoans may soon find drinking fountains at their local parks have been shut off, removed or simply won’t stop flushing water. WBEZ reporter Monica Eng is covering the story and joins us with details.

Using Chicago’s Data for Good: Chi Hack Night Celebrates 300 Events

Chi Hack Night co-founder Derek Eder

A weekly tech event at the Merchandise Mart celebrated a milestone last week. We take a look at the standout projects and people from its six-year history.

DePaul Students Develop Video Games to Trigger Empathy, Understanding

A still image from the video game “Soteria,” created at the Deep Games Laboratory at DePaul University’s School of Design.

What “deep games” are and how they can provide more than entertainment. We speak with game developer Doris Rusch of the Deep Games Laboratory at DePaul’s School of Design.

Trump Withdraws US from Iran Deal as North Korea Nuclear Talks Loom

President Donald Trump called it “a horrible one-sided deal.” How pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal could impact talks with North Korea.

A Conversation with Sandra Cordova Micek, New CEO of WTTW, WFMT

Sandra Cordova Micek

Meet the new president and CEO of Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW and WFMT.

Dockless Bikes Roll Out on Chicago’s South Side

Five years after the launch of Divvy, the city’s bike-share program, a pilot program has been introduced on the city’s South Side – with a twist.

Chicago Newspapers Trade Barbs as Print Model Struggles

(Jon S / Flickr)

The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune take shots at each other as both newspapers struggle to survive. Columnists Neil Steinberg and Eric Zorn weigh in.