A recent push to end the Food and Drug Administration's ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood has some reexamining the policy.
The CTA unveiled it's new Ventra payment system to Chicago college students, the first phase of a city-wide roll-out. The new bus and train fare cards aim to give commuters a more efficient way to pay... but not everyone is sold.
As part of a nationwide campaign, Chicago and Illinois State Police will be setting up roadside checkpoints around the state over the holiday weekend. Officers will be looking for not only drunken drivers but also drivers who are speeding, texting and not wearing a seat belt.
Another food pantry is opening its doors to the needy this fall but plans to be more inclusive than many others. The Lincoln Square Friendship Center seeks to reach out to all members of your family...even the four-legged kind.
While many Chicagoans have been celebrating the new Divvy bike-share system, not everyone is thrilled about having it in their backyard.
Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by giving back to the community. the center has teamed-up with local artists and small community which includes a block party and complimentary art workshops.
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A rally was held outside General Electric headquarters in Chicago protesting the so-called corporate tax dodgers.
Local Muslims react to religious demonstrations in Ethiopia that turned violent.
A new bill decreases loan interest rates, but students are still concerned.
Between the emerging food truck scene and established brick-and-mortar venues, Chicagoans don't have many issues finding good food. However, there's a certain problem facing restaurant owners, no matter how they plan on serving their customers.
A new law in Illinois prohibits anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. The previous law allowed teens ages 14 through 17 to tan with parental permission.
Nearly 100 million people in the United States live with chronic pain. Now, the verdict is out on whether the newest therapy method means a cure for all types of pain.
People love to use social media to show what they're up to: sharing photos of dinner, liking a new shop or checking-in at the beach. One spot in Chicago is on a list of the most checked-in locations in the world. A social media strategist says there could be a couple factors behind the unusual trend.
The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation helps students across Chicago with acquiring school supplies.
Feed the Children, in partnership with Jewel-Osco and Pepsi Co., distributed 2,400 boxes of food to families in need.
Traditionally the supplemental nutrition assistance program, also known as SNAP, has been included as part of the Farm Bill, but house republicans recently voted to have SNAP removed from the bill and cut funding by up to $40 billion.
Craving a burger? Be prepared to pay a little more. Last year's drought put beef production at a 20 percent year low.
One of the oldest 'L' cars in operation, the entire fleet of 2200-series cars was retired today with a ceremonial ride on the Blue line. true Right false true Eager Chicagoans flocked to Blue line stops early Wednesday to ride a memory for one final time.
When you think of sports in Chicago you think of Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Sox. But the golf industry is booming on and off the greens.
Good Intentions in Wicker Park becomes the first medical marijuana clinic to open in the state of Illinois.
The two-week LASSO - logistics, acquisition, supply system operations - camp is in its first year and is part of the larger STEM - science, technology, engineering, math - initiative to steer more kids towards unfilled, high-tech jobs.
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers recently put ConceptNet4, a MIT-developed artificial mind, through a standard IQ test and yielded interesting result.
A new program called Ticket Ninja reminds Chicagoans about their parking tickets and will pay their fines on time to avoid late fees. On average Chicagoans get two parking tickets every year.
In a time when injuries for young athletes are on the rise, experts in the medical field and the training room are using different methods to educate kids, parents and coaches.
It's always been a cosmic wonder, is there life outside of Earth? With the discovery of water on Mars by the rover Curiosity, scientists expect there was, is and will be life on the red planet.
North Center Chamber of Commerce is setting aside one night a week to hold outdoor events for the community.
Andrea Mayeux Chicago relies on federal dollars to create a safer commute for people who walk and bike to work. That funding was at risk of being stripped from the federal transportation budget at a time when more people are using bike lanes and walking paths to get to work.
New research by Harvard University said drinking coffee can help save your life, preventing suicide risk by almost 50 percent.
Non-profit organization Green Light Movement celebrated the start of its Young Entrepreneur's Program Tuesday in Bronzeville. The program teaches teens and young adults how to build a business as a way to provide alternatives to the streets. Participants created strategies and will operate two new businesses in the community.
As non-traditional workouts continue to gain popularity, one Chicago gym is using 19th century weapons and giant tires to give its members a whole new kind of exercise experience.
On the two month anniversary of the Sun-Times mass layoff, the 28 affected photographers gathered for a silent photo protest.
There are only two zoos within the Chicago city limits: Lincoln Park Zoo in Lincoln Park and the Indian Boundary Park Zoo in Rogers Park. That total could be down to one very soon, and Rogers Park residents aren't taking the deduction lightly. true Right false true Many of the
The STEAM Studio at the Chicago Cultural Center is part of a larger effort to integrate art and design into the math and science curricula in middle and high schools.
Americans are spending more than three hours online every day. We check email obsessively, tweet without restraint and post on Facebook daily. Experts say a powerful reward mechanism in our brains could explain why.
Three major film productions in Chicago in just one summer means the busiest production schedule the city has ever seen, experts say. City officials say this is an entertaining spin on a needed economy boost.
Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill regulating how dogs can be tethered outside. In addition to requiring animals have access to adequate food, water and shelter, animals can not be tied with ropes shorter than 10 feet long. The maximum sentence for a first time offender is six months.
Recent jobs report shows that the economy is improving. But, small business owners are hiring more part-time employees to keep business afloat.
According to a new study, skipping breakfast on a daily basis could raise the risk of a heart attack by 27 percent. The research was published by the journal, Circulation. A Chicago health expert says some people tend to miss the meal more than other people and suggests a change in mindset when it comes to breakfast.
Senators agreed to a deal Wednesday that would retroactively lower student loan rates and impose a cap on future rates.
While 3D printing technically is not a new technology, it has reached the mainstream only within the last few years. Advances within the industry are fast allowing professionals and private consumers alike to use 3D printers to perform a wide variety of tasks.
Congressional inaction has caused Stafford Federal Student loans to double, but many believe that the increase in only temporary.
The United States economy continues to grow stronger. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 195,000 jobs were added to the economy in June. Arielle Thomas, a 23-year-old Logan Square resident, has recently found steady employment after being unemployed for over a year. Thomas shares her story.
Companies see smokers as a risk and have raised insurance costs for those who light up. Employees are paying extra monthly for their smoke breaks and will continue to face high costs under the Affordable Care Act.
Chicagoans have many transportation options, but officials say adding one more system could be the key to less congestion and a happier commute. Similar to systems in Paris and Washington DC, the Divvy bike sharing program partially launched in Chicago at the end of June, paying instant benefits to early users.
Chicago's tourism is meeting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's goal in making the city a "world-class destination".
Dancers from around the world converge in Chicago to celebrate the world's largest tap festival.
The City of Chicago’s department of Streets and Sanitation spends thousands of dollars each year removing graffiti from its public spaces. Chicago artists weigh in on what kind of art should be allowed on the Chicago streets, and what kind of paintings should be mitigated.
Having too many online accounts may put your personal information at risk. A new program called Just Delete.Me may help protect your privacy.