Chicago West & Southwest Side

Public transit in Chicago's disadvantaged communities

The Chicago Urban League, founded 100 years ago, works for economic and social progress for African Americans and has a rich history of advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

Ventra still a problem for social service providers

Transportation is often one of the biggest obstacles to job access for Chicagoans looking for work, and public transit should be a convenient and affordable solution.

Unfortunately, the transition to Ventra has made it more difficult for many low-income residents to ride transit to job training, housing, medical appointments, childcare and other critical destinations.

Bike giveway brings smiles to 500 children

On a recent Saturday morning, hundreds of hopeful children lined up in front of North Lawndale College Prep for their chance at getting a free bike. 

One-day 500 bike giveaway

I had all sorts of adventures on bicycles as a kid. We had unfiltered, unsupervised and unrestricted fun.  

In the 70’s, we popped wheelies, we rode with no hands and rode far from home only to reverse course immediately when the streetlights came on.  

Fast forward, family priorities changed and there just aren’t as many children’s bikes in the homes or on the streets as in the past.

I wanted to change that in my neighborhood, right now. So I did.

Victory! Separate biking, walking trails coming to lakefront

Active Trans' efforts to create separate lakefront trails for people on bikes and people on foot has paid off.

This became evident when Mayor Emanuel revealed that the Chicago Park District will pursue the separated trail plan on two of the most congested portions of the Lakefront Trail.

Safe routes in Little Village

With nearly 80,000 residents, Chicago's Little Village neighborhood has the smallest amount of green space per resident and the largest proportion of residents under the age of 18 of any Chicago community.

Neighborhood schools are an essential part of the fabric of this dense, young community. They function as centers for local leadership development and community building, and are used as hubs for information, programs and services.

Chicago commits to more progress on Vision Zero

Since adopting a Vision Zero goal in 2012 to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2022, the City of Chicago has taken many steps to make our streets safer and save lives.

Unlike peer cities in the U.S. and around the world, this initial progress has been achieved without a multi-year action plan or more dedicated funding for safety improvements in the city budget.

Now it appears city leaders may be prepared to take these next critical next steps.

Greenline Wheels launches free cycling clinics

This winter, Greenline Wheels in Oak Park is hosting a bi-weekly series of cycling clinics on various subjects.

The clinics, called Teach Me Tuesdays, will be held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. starting January 5 and running through March 29. Each clinic will be about an hour long.  

Here's the schedule:

No good outcomes in sentence for aggravated DUI death

In the frigidly cold late evening hours on December 6, 2013, Hector Avalos, 28, a former marine and aspiring chef, was returning home by bike from his job at a River North restaurant in Chicago. 

That same evening, Robert Vais, 54, an administrator at Stroger Hospital, was returning home in his white minivan after leaving a holiday party in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.

CTA plans to remove local bus stops on Ashland, Western

As part of an ongoing effort to speed up bus service on two of most popular bus routes in the city, CTA is preparing to remove some of the least-used stops on the #9 Ashland and #49 Western buses.