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New data shows Chicago residents feel either immensely optimistic or pessimistic about the city based on factors like neighborhood, race and age. We take a closer look with the authors of the poll.

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The recent GOP federal tax cut law isn’t very popular among Democratic politicians. But city officials are taking advantage of one provision that could jump-start development in blighted areas.

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Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Community reaction comes in for the new Lincoln Yards proposal slated to be a city-within-a-city.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, attends a press conference Sunday announcing plans for a new industrial complex on Chicago’s Southeast Side. (Patrick Pyszka / City of Chicago)

A new transportation and logistics hub is expected to bring about 2,000 jobs to Chicago’s Southeast Side, but some area activists are taking issue with the way the project was introduced.

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Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

A former industrial corridor along the North Branch of the Chicago River could be turned in to the city’s newest entertainment district. Rock critic Jim DeRogatis sounds a warning.

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As the weather gets nicer, Chicagoans and tourists are expected to flock to an increasingly popular destination: the Chicago River and attractions along its main branch. But has it become too congested?

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The Chicago River at Fullerton Avenue

A trio of aldermen push for the city to develop a riverfront park along the North Branch of the Chicago River – but the mayor has other plans.

Proposal details 1,400-foot tower, 300 new condos

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A rendering of the proposed skyscraper on the Tribune Tower site. If built, the building would be the second tallest in Chicago. (Golub & Co. / CIM)

The site of the Tribune Tower will include nearly 300 condominiums and what would be one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers under a new redevelopment proposal developers believe will both revitalize and preserve the international landmark.

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(Richard Schneider / Flickr)

The mayor outlines major projects to expand recreation along the Chicago River. Why some aldermen say it’s not enough.

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Chicago is looking to transform two vacant lots into affordable housing, a proposal that’s part of an international sustainability contest the city hopes will help boost interest among potential developers.

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(Trey Ratcliff / Flickr)

The city’s former deputy mayor in charge of neighborhood redevelopment talks about her new role as CEO of World Business Chicago.

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Related Midwest 78 (Credit: Mark Segal)

Vacant land in the South Loop could host a massive new research institute.

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(Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.

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Preliminary concept design (Courtesy Barcelona Housing System)

The massive former site of U.S. Steel South Works has a new buyer—and new possibilities.  

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Big changes are coming to the North Branch of the Chicago River. Why some are up in arms over the plan.

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A bird’s-eye view of the new soccer field, running track and basketball court at Donald Morrill Math & Science Elementary School. (Courtesy of Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago).

A program targeting vacant homes and crime in a 20-block section of Chicago’s Southwest Side is expanding after a four-year pilot – and a noticeable change in the neighborhood.

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