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Chicago is the crossroads of rail traffic in the U.S., but the area’s railroad infrastructure has failed to keep up with increasing traffic. How a new project will address one of the biggest problems in Chicago’s antiquated rail system.

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Chicagoans have watched the Navy Pier Flyover begin to take shape over the last three years. But the city recently pushed back the completion date to 2019. Frustrated cyclists and pedestrians are beginning to ask why.

District will merge four existing area schools by 2019-20

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(Rendering courtesy of Chicago Public Schools)

Chicago Public Schools says it's making its most significant investment in Englewood in decades, announcing plans Friday to construct a “state-of-the-art” high school that will take in students from four other area schools the district plans to shutter.

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(Smart Chicago Collaborative's photostream / Flickr)

A plan to develop affordable housing units under the same roof as public libraries moved forward Wednesday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the winning architects and developers for each of the three projects.

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The Chicago Public Library’s revamped Chinatown branch opened last year with a feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive views of the city. A design competition for three new CPL branches kicks off next year. (Steven Kevil / Wikimedia Commons)

A new partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago Public Libraries will put affordable housing and learning centers under the same roof in three city neighborhoods.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads a tour of a new section of the Chicago Riverwalk, which will be open to the public Saturday. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

The completion of the three-block stretch marks the end of construction on the 1.25-mile promenade, providing pedestrian and bike access along the south bank of the river.

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The former Mulligan Elementary School in Lincoln Park has been transformed into residential apartments as part of the city's plan to redevelop shuttered CPS buildings. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Planning and Development)

Shuttered classrooms and long-closed gymnasiums will soon give way to multi-bedroom suites and rooftop decks overlooking the city skyline as area developers work to resurrect buildings that once served as Chicago Public Schools.

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An artist’s rendering of plans for St. Laurence school, where children and adults will be able to take free art classes. (Chicago Arts + Industry Commons / Place Lab)

An investment of more than $10 million will help transform unused buildings and vacant lots on Chicago’s South and West Sides into centers for arts and culture that offer free community programs.

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Dr. Serge Pierre-Louis stands in front of the DuSable Park site. "The leaders of Chicago can use the story of DuSable to solve the problems we're facing now," he said. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A group gathered Wednesday to mark the 198th anniversary of the death of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Chicago’s first non-native settler, and push for the completion of a long-delayed park in his name.

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Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Architecture critic Blair Kamin on the future redevelopment of the Tribune Tower and the rise of a new Jeanne Gang-designed addition to the Chicago skyline.

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A rendering of the Union Station Transit Center, which will open to the public on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Chicago Department of Transportation)

A new transit facility aimed at improving connections between trains and buses at Union Station is set to open Sunday, city officials announced this week.

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A bird’s eye view of the proposed reroute of Elston Avenue. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

Starting Wednesday, a new section of Elston Avenue will open as work on the Damen, Elston and Fullerton reconstruction project continues. Find out what that means for drivers.

Traffic reduced to one lane on Belmont Avenue

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Rendering of what a typical median will look like once the project is completed. (Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation)

The second phase of the reconstruction project at the intersection of Western, Belmont and Clybourn avenues begins Monday. Find out what that means for drivers.

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From a Senate override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of mandatory mediation in state labor contract disputes to Cook County Democratic slatemakers snubbing State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth, Joel Weisman and his panel have your week in review.

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Construction on the long-awaited “606” elevated bike trail is nearing the finish line. We get a sneak preview.

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Insolvency looms for the federal Highway Trust Fund. Brandis Friedman has more on what that means for Illinois highway construction workers and motorists.

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