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A Grim Crime-Scene Message Led To A Cold-Blooded Killer ... Or Did It? 

A murder is tragic enough on its own. But when a killer carefully leaves some kind of calling card at the scene — like words scrawled on a wall — the act accrues even more horror. Everybody knows the Manson Family did it. But the message attributed to Chicago’s “Lipstick Killer” was just as terrifying. » 6/22/15 2:15pm 6/22/15 2:15pm

The Anatomy of Chicago's Busted Christmas Eve Snow Forecast

Remember all that snow Chicago was supposed to get today? It's 41°F and raining right now. Forecasts were always honest that it might not snow, but seeing the potential for up to six inches of snow on Christmas Eve vanish in a cold, dreary rain is still a shock to the system. Here's why that happened. » 12/29/14 1:06am 12/29/14 1:06am

8 Unrealized Buildings That Could've Transformed American Cities

For every existent building in your city, there are a dozen that never came to be. Some plans were abandoned for good reasons (see: LA's 5,000-foot skyscraper), others were abandoned because of legal and financial quandaries. Either way, these forgotten drawings show us what we could've had. » 8/26/13 6:24pm 8/26/13 6:24pm

Indiana Jones is officially getting mail at the University of Chicago

Although he was last seen teaching Archaeology 101 at Marshall College, it appears that Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. still has a mailbox at his alma mater. The above package arrived earlier this week to the confusion of the University of Chicago staff and the general delight of the universe at large: » 12/13/12 2:20pm 12/13/12 2:20pm

A map of Chicago's phantom signs for vanished businesses

Nicole Donohoe of Chicago's School of the Art Institute has created an interactive neighborhood map where you can search for the city's "ghost signs," or ancient advertisements for goods and services that may not exist anymore. You can also check out her links for more pages about ghost signs that might be in your… » 2/20/11 10:30am 2/20/11 10:30am