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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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Aerial view in 2011 shows parts of North Lawndale and East Garfield Park (Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

How grassroots organizing is increasingly shaping the West Side community, which is looking to develop a shared vision for economic development.

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A. Finkl & Sons Co. (Noah Vaughn / Flickr)

Plans for new office buildings, apartment complexes and hotels along the North Branch of the Chicago River are underway.

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Big changes are in the works for Willis Tower. Architecture critic Blair Kamin gives us his read on that and the latest on the South Works project.

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The city is asking for proposals to develop the former Michael Reese Hospital site, which has sat vacant for nearly a decade. But what’s the best fit for the 50-acre plot?

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An artist’s rendering of Pullman Artspace Lofts, a mixed-use housing development slated for construction in historic Pullman. (PullmanArts)

Plans to build an affordable, mixed-use housing development in historic Pullman are under fire from a small group of community members.

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Chicago’s 606 trail is only a little over a year old and already there is an ambitious proposal to extend it. 

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Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch joins us to discuss booming downtown development and job growth, and the city's new minimum wage.