Last month, I had the misfortune of catching the Lunchables bus. Have you seen it yet? The windows and doors are obscured by a full-wrap ad that creates the illusion of a stack of crackers, meat, and cheese moving horizontally along the street. I boarded the Lunchables bus and found my window blocked by a […]
Tag: public transportation
Best reason to dare riding the CTA in the middle of a pandemic
When my boyfriend and I moved to Edgewater in June 2020, I had quiet weird feelings about becoming yet another white, north side Chicagoan, but the move brought me to the Red Line—and the Red Line brought me back to the world. Ten months later, I put on my mask, walked to the Thorndale stop, […]
Improvising trio Icepick renew jazz’s love affair with the El on their third LP, Hellraiser
Sun Ra may have told everyone he was from Saturn, but the Afrofuturistic avant-gardist spent the 1950s in Chicago. While he was here, he recorded “El Is a Sound of Joy,” jazz’s greatest tribute to the city’s public transport system. No one in improvising trio Icepick—bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and drummer Chris […]
Ode to the Green Line
A vital—and vexing—vehicle that connects Chicago’s Black communities on the south and west sides
CTA’s cloth seat coverings, source of public transit horror stories, might be replaced
The agency is testing more sanitary plastic seat inserts. Will riders be willing to sacrifice comfort for a guarantee of a dry seat?
Police-brutality protests continued over the weekend and other Chicago news
Also, Rahm’s “body man” is leaving City Hall for watch and leather goods company Shinola.
Jackie Robinson West parents say their children were exploited, Ford looks beyond cars with the help of Chicago design firm, and other Chicago news
Also, Kanye’s longtime local cowriter says the rapper needs spiritual and mental help, and a major step in the redevelopment of Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park.
The trials of a neighborhood high school
Wells Community Academy in West Town has many problems—and some rare successes. Can it survive?
V-Day Issue: Finding love in poli-sci and sci-fi
V-Day Issue: Claire and Rufus Barner intend to leave Chicago a better place than they found it.
The migration of the hipster
The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present
A dream unrealized for African-Americans in Chicago
When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, most blacks here were living in poor, segregated neighborhoods. They still are.
Dear Paradise: Love
A letter to Ulrich Seidl’s controversial art film, which screened in Chicago in early June
Are you there, moviegoers? It’s me, Margaret.
Kenneth Lonergan returns (finally) with his follow-up to You Can Count on Me.
Don’t Throw Momma From the Train!
A bid to eliminate free rides for all but low-income seniors on public transportation fails in the Senate.
Two More Reasons to Imitate New York
Face it: the subway cars and the food trucks are a lot better.