Getting Around the Windy City
You know your commute like the back of your hand, but maybe there are some new options for getting around the city you haven’t thought of. Check it out!
Food, Arts & Entertainment
No, we know you haven’t forgotten what a great town Chicago is. Here’s a little reminder. Dive into a Broadway concert in Millennium Park, laugh it up around town, destroy your eardrums at Lollapalooza and then calm down for discount days at the museums. After that, grab a slice, any style, a glass of wine or just a cocktail–what kind? We’ve got a flowchart to help you out.
Beating the heat
Trying to beat the heat this summer? This issue helps you find ways to stay cool during the summer.
Chicago Bites Back
During the winter, it takes more than a few steps through a crowd to reach each cultural dining hub. Loopster is bringing you tips on winter eating as we dream of warm days feasting in Grant Park. Here you’ll find soups to make in the comfort of your own home and grocery delivery services for winter hermits. During the odd-ball warm day when we dare leave the house, we’ve also spotted some hot – and cold – new food trends.
- The Taste of Chicago shrinks in the summertime
- 10 Culturally Comforting Soups
- Midwestern Menu
- Online services deliver for Chicago residents this winter
- Trendy chow: the next big bite
Summer Safety in Chicago
- Same home on holidays
- Summer Safety Quiz
- Fight like a Chicagoan: Self-defense for the streets of Chicago
- Before you board: Essential CTA safety tips
- Crime in Lakeview: A growing threat or an old story?
- Lakeview fights to reduce violent crime
A Free Summer in Chicago
Living in a big city can be expensive. Fortunately there are plenty of free activities in Chicago that won’t break your budget. Chicago Loopster put together a guide to summer activities for every age and interest. The best part is, they’re all FREE!
- Free date day in Chicago
- Make this summer great by giving back: Volunteering in Chicago
- A week of free summer cinema
- Chicago Bird-Watching Won’t Cost You a Thing
- Fit for Free: No-cost Chicago workouts
- Chicago museums: Get cultured on a budget
- The soundtrack to a free summer
Eating Savvy in Chicago: The summer’s best restaurants, bars, and even ice cream
Summer in Chicago is beautiful but short. If you don’t want to waste your summer hours indoors eating mediocre food, use the Loopster’s guide to summer food. From chasing down food trucks to planning the perfect picnic, from late night rooftop dining to finding the coolest ice cream cone, we explore Chicago’s most exciting, unusual and delicious ways to dine in the sunshine.
- It’s summer 2011 and Chicago food trucks are revving up
- Mark your calendars: Unique Chicago food events to liven up your summer
- Essential picnic tips: A guide to eating outside
- Chicago’s food history: a chronicle of cuisine
- Extended rooftop hours mean more outdoor fun
- Five new Chicago summer beers and where to find them
- Best Chicago ice cream cones
- Find the food tour that’s right for you
A Chicago-style guide to the Fourth of July
Have you cinched your plans for the nation’s 235th birthday? Fourth of July weekend in the City of Chicago is booming with things to do, see and eat. Chicago Loopster has provided a guide to the weekend’s most patriotic picks.
- Celebrate America’s birthday with a bang. Find your fireworks
- The Loopster’s guide to the Taste of Chicago
- Chicago’s favorite Fourth of July memories
- I am from abroad and I also want to have fun
- The show’s not over! City cancelled most fireworks, but suburbs offer alternatives
- Fireworks laws and safety in Chicago
- Getting down outside of downtown
- Red, white and blue recipes
In the Loop: A guide to Chicago colleges and universities
Considering a move to Chicago for college? Have you already made your decision to spend the next four years in the Windy City? Our college guide will introduce you to the best programs, sites and places to study in addition to providing some helpful tips for Chicago area students.
- Tips for college students living in Chicago
- Which Chicago university is right for you?
- Insider info: Get the scoop on your school
- The best places to study near your Chicago University
- Eat & tour near Chicago’s universities
- What’s a U-Pass? The freshman guide to the CTA
- Annual college events: A taste of tradition
Chicago kicks off the summer season
With Memorial Day (and hopefully great weather) looming on the horizon, the Loopster staff has plenty of ideas for how to make the most of the holiday weekend. Check out next week’s issue for previews of hot summer concerts and movies, ideas for the best summer getaways and even a Memorial Day history lesson.
- Chicago summer music: Concerts, festivals for everyone
- Five easy baseball road trips
- Summer Movies 2011: More superheroes and sequels
- Memorial Day Weekend: Fun for everyone
- The history of Memorial Day: Why we celebrate
- Lakeview Mayfest: Ghost of summerfests to come
Chicago politics: new leaders, same problems?
Out with the old and in with the new? As Blago’s retrial kicked off and Rahm Emanuel assumed his position as mayor– replacing longstanding Mayor Daley– Chicagoans tell Loopster how they really feel about the city’s government. Why the negativity, you ask? Our timelines of Daley and Emanuel’s careers and Chicago’s political scandals will fill you in.
- Emanuel’s in; Daley’s out. Their history in public office
- In their own words: Chicago government
- Making sense of the Blagojevich retrial
- Chicago citizens welcome a new mayor
- New faces, same old scandal
Chicago sports in May: Good, bad and ugly
Whether the games are good, bad or just plain ugly, Chicago sports fans have their pick of events to watch in May. With the Bulls on fire and the Cubs and the White Sox, well, taking the field, the Chicago Loopster dons face paint and jerseys to provide the ultimate fans’ guide.
- Who’s playing this week? Your guide to the games
- Our favorite places to watch our favorite teams
- NBA playoff stars’ Chicago connections
- Where Chicagoans go to watch soccer
- Chicago sports week: Bulls advance, Cubs can’t repeat
Hot fun in the Chicago summer
Sick of winter? Well, have no fear! You can prepare for all the best in summer fun and festivals with this issue of the Chicago Loopster.
- Summer music: Where to catch all your favorite acts
- Lollapalooza 2011: Chicago sounds off
- Where to vacation for locals
- The best places for baseball, outside the park
- What’s going on in your neighborhood?
- A weather-proof summer solution
- Battling winter humdrum via the air, land and sea
Cheers to Chicago beer
Who likes beer? This guy! And so do many others – craft beer, to be exact. This week, Chicago Loopster pours readers a pitcher of everything cold and delicious about Chicago’s craft beer scene. Brewing, smartphone apps, legislation, pub crawls, beer lingo and the acquisition of Goose Island Brewery by Anheuser-Busch are all on tap. Drink up!
- What’s good for the Goose?
- Your iGuide to drinking
- Home brewing 101
- The beer dictionary
- A modest pub crawl
- Illinois Assembly: Should craft brewers self-distribute?
Your 2010-2011 Chicago Bulls
As the 2011 NBA playoffs tip-off this Saturday, the Chicago Bulls prepare to take their No. 1 record to the test, and hopefully to the top. With MVP candidate Derrick Rose showing shades of MJ in his early days, the city is ready to celebrate another championship. Knockin’ on Seven’s Door?
- Anatomy of a winning season
- Video: Highlights from the Bulls regular season
- Derrick Rose: from child to potential MVP
- Bulls team stats: then and now
- Bulls 2000-2010: A decade to forget
- Bullseye: A map of popular Chicago Bulls hangouts
- First round playoff preview: Chicago Bulls v. Indiana Pacers, or There Won’t Be Blood
Navigating the CTA
With gas prices on the rise, the CTA has become an alternative for Chicagoans who don’t want to pay more at the pump. In this issue, the Loopster tackles the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, explaining how regular and non-regular riders alike can have a better — and safer — CTA experience.
- Think like a criminal – not victim – when riding the CTA
- Make your first CTA ride go smoothly
- Chicago woman killed in CTA robbery
- How would you describe the CTA in one word?
- Your guide to taking the CTA to the ballpark
Qualities of Life: State of the Economy
The economy has seen its share of highs and lows over the past couple of years. But many top economists believe we are on the up and up. For this issue, Loopster explores how the economy is affecting Chicagoans, from adults taking internships to the implications of our city’s major industries. We also reported on what the mayoral candidates plan to do for the economy and constructed a cool timeline of the epic economic meltdown.
- Chicagoans disappointed but hopeful on the economy
- Chicago’s economic timeline of the Great Recession
- Recovery dependent on big industries
- Candidates sound off on the economy
- Unpaid internships on the rise
Getting around the windy city
The Windy City was recently named one of the nation’s most congested cities. Commuters spent over 70 hours in their car in 2009, costing them over $1,700. As the debate over O’Hare Airport and possible closing of L stations rage, it is clear, Chicagoans are not skipping steps over their transportation. Loopster looks at how the winter weather affects getting from here to there in Chicagoland.
- Braving Winter on Two Wheels
- Chicago ranked the most road congested city
- Construction in Chicago
- CTA Prepared for Cold Weather
- Delayed expansion for O’Hare as city puts off bonds sale
- Metra’s new quiet cars: boom or bust?
- Parkin’ yo’self in Chitown
- Rolling out the new CTA train tracker
Finding a home in the windy city
The Loopster takes a look at Chicago’s changing face of immigration. We focus on the Latino, Polish and Ethiopian community.
- Chicago’s roots run deep
- Ethiopian community a star of Chicago’s ethnic Enclaves
- A history of Chicagowski
- Gentrification hurts Latino Business in Pilsen
- Immigration population in Metro Chicago in 2000
- Polish Museum of America
Staying healthy in the windy city
The winter months can be a strain on the human body. So it’s important to stay fit and eat right in order to maintain one’s well-being.
- Staying Healthy in Winter: Loopster Takes a Look
- Taking the Barre: Chicago’s Trendy Workout Catches On
- Fighting the Flu and Cold Season With Natural Remedies
- Winter Wellness Quiz
Exploring same-sex marriages
Loopster examines Chicago’s take on the same-sex marriage debate. While Chicagoans are evenly split on the issue, they are overwhelmingly in support of civil unions for same-sex couples.
- Around the United States, the digital Prop 8 discussion
- Younger opinions to affect policy
- Infographic: States and same-sex marriage
- Marriage versus civil unions: What are the differences?
- Timelines of same-sex legislation
“Transformers 3″ takes its place in Chicago movie history
“Transformers 3″ started filming July 4 in Chicago and will continue through the end of August, according to the Chicago Film Office. Chicago Loopster takes a closer look at how the filming of major motion pictures impacts the city, from tax breaks and anticipated jobs and revenue, to the simple pleasure of seeing the Windy City as a backdrop for some of the best-known motion pictures out of Hollywood.
- Hollywood does Chicago: Transformers’ visit a benefit to Chicagoans, local economy — not just about Bay and LaBeouf
- Chicago Loopster chats with Chicago film expert Patrick McDonald
- Raking it in and dishing it out: The most lucrative and expensive Chicago productions
- What’s in it for Paramount? The incentives and expenses for filming in Chicago
- Movies in Chicago: Features of the past 60 years
- What’s the buzz on “Transformers 3?″
Cubs/White Sox rivalry: More than just baseball
The Cubs and White Sox begin a three game series on Friday at Wrigley Field. While the teams will only play six games this regular season and the results shouldn’t have too much of an effect on each team’s playoff chances, the series means so much to the city of Chicago.
- The Cubs and White Sox rivalry – more than just baseball
- The Cubs and White Sox year-by-year records
- Just how different are the two stadiums?
- Cubs vs. Sox: the fan perspective
- Find Chicago’s Cubs and White Sox bars
The Rod Blagojevich Trial
The Rod Blagojevich trial is well under way. Chicago Loopster updates you on the former governor’s scandal, his claims that he’s innocent of trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat and the public appearances he has made since his arrest.
- The background on Blagojevich
- The highs and lows of Rod Blagojevich
- Illinois, its governors and their scandals
- The former governor in the public eye
Violence in Chicago
Chicago’s homicide count continues to grow every day — and in the past couple of months, the rate of shootings has increased drastically. So just how dangerous is Chicago compared to other cities in the U.S.? Chicago Loopster breaks down the rate of violence and the city’s response.
- Homicides and the handgun ban in Chicago
- A history of murders and guns in Chicago
- A closer look at Chicago homicide
- CeaseFire works to reduce violence in Chicago
After a swift rise to the top of Illinois politics, State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias has found himself mired in a handful of scandals involving his family’s bank and financial ties to convicted felons.
- Giannoulias Scrambles To Save Political Career After Family Bank Fails
- Timeline: Broadway Bank in the News
- It’s All Greek to Me: Untangling the Web of Alexi Giannoulias’ Connections
- Alexi Giannoulias: Who Said What?
Once considered one of the worst franchises in all of American sports, the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup, ending a nearly half-century championship drought in the National Hockey League. Loopster explains what changed in the organization.
- A change in ownership
- Key dates in Blackhawks history
- Blackhawks fans chime in
- Blackhawks 101 cheat sheet
Tale of the Asian Carp
They’ve become notorious for lurking in the Illinois River and for threatening to take over Lake Michigan, but what’s so fishy about Asian carp?
- To Catch a Carp: What’s Lurking Beneath the Depths of Chicago’s Waterways
- Asian Carp In The News
- Asian Carp By the Numbers
- Asian Carp Multimedia
- What the experts are saying
Chicago’s graffiti problem
From Wicker Park to the Loop, street artists are tagging Chicago faster than the city’s graffiti-fighting crews can blast the acid-laced spray paint away. Is graffiti getting out of control?
- City struggles to keep up with spread of Graffiti
- Graffiti in the News: A timeline of recent events
- Graffiti by the Numbers
- Spot the Graffiti: An interactive map
- Graffiti: What The Experts Are Saying
Chicago Public Schools in the news
As of 2009, 12 Chicago Public Schools were designated turnaround schools. Some are trying to fill multiple positions, while others have been forced to close because of low enrollment or consistently low levels of academic performance. Since 2001, CPS has closed 44 schools.