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The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

Residential developers in Chicago can build affordable housing in multi-unit projects or pay into a fund that subsidizes low-income renters. But is that money going where it’s supposed to?

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Demolition of Cabrini-Green homes (Joe M500 / Wikimedia Commons)

Seventeen years after Mayor Daley launched his plan to transform the Chicago Housing Authority, WBEZ examines promises kept – and broken.

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(Courtesy of University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center)

The archives of the award-winning author who spent 30 years teaching at the University of Chicago offer a window into his personal life and creative process.

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(Brookfield Zoo / Chicago Zoological Society)

The ethical debate over zoos – and whether animals belong in them – has resurfaced over the past year, and now Brookfield Zoo is joining the discussion.

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Jun Fujita (Courtesy of Graham and Pamela Lee)

One hundred years ago he took unforgettable photos of Chicago in turbulent times. Exploring the life of Jun Fujita, a Japanese immigrant who captured city history.

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(Allen McGregor / Flickr)

Racial and economic segregation across Chicago impacts economic growth, educational attainment and crime rates, according to a report released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Urban Institute.

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(Courtesy of the American Sports Museum)

The American Sports Museum would teach visitors about everything from physics to history. Founder Marc Lapides shares his vision for the space.

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In an effort to curb violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has directed resources to expand mentoring programs in Chicago Public Schools. A new effort is targeting young men and women who aren’t in school.

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(Linda from Chicago / Creative Commons)

“The whole idea is to use our vacant land as a way to adjust the issue of food access by encouraging urban farms and community gardens in certain areas,” said state Rep. Sonya Harper.

Jerry Krause, Dallas Green Ushered in New Eras for Chicago Teams

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Jerry Krause died Tuesday. He was 77 years old. (Courtesy of Chicago Bulls)

There was a time when Chicago sports teams were synonymous with losing. This week, the city lost two men who helped change that perception.

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A kickoff event for the Go Blue Chicago Restaurant Collective will be held Tuesday, March 28 at Nellcote. (Element Collective)

Throughout the month of April, nearly two dozen Chicago-area restaurants will offer special menu items to raise awareness and funds for child abuse prevention programs.

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WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

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In the early 1960s, bald eagles were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. But government protections and conservation measures have had a huge impact on their numbers. “I think it’s an incredible success story,” said biologist Chris Anchor.

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“Armor for Man and Horse,” about 1520 with modern costume. South German, Nuremberg. The Art Institute of Chicago, George F. Harding Collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago unveils new galleries of medieval and Renaissance art – including the re-installation of the popular arms and armor collection. We get a sneak peek.

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From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.