Even Valentine's Day Haters Won't Be Able To Resist These Sea Creatures

Behold, as otters and penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium enjoy their custom-frozen V-Day treats. And the good people at Shedd filmed it, so that even the darkest hearts could find a reason to melt juuuuust a little on this most polarizing of holidays. » 2/14/15 4:00pm 2/14/15 4:00pm

George Lucas Might Move His Vanity Museum From Chicago To LA 

George Lucas has been trying to open a museum to house his personal collection of art and movie memorabilia for awhile now; last June, Chicago beat out San Francisco for hosting duties. Now, it seems a third city may in the running: Los Angeles. » 1/20/15 11:27am 1/20/15 11:27am

The Horrifying True Story of the 1982 Chicago Tylenol Murders

In 1982, six adults and one 12-year-old girl died of cyanide poisoning in Chicago after taking capsules of Extra Strength Tylenol. The person responsible has never been found. Here's how this terrifying crime changed the pharmaceutical industry. » 12/29/14 11:46am 12/29/14 11:46am

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

Watch this timelapse of the Chicago River as it gets "greened"

As is tradition on St. Patrick's Day, the Irish-loving folks of Chicago turn the color of their river into a brilliant shade of green. But why watch it in real-time when you can see the whole thing done-up in fast motion? » 3/17/14 1:41pm 3/17/14 1:41pm

Compare 1836 and modern-day New York with this interactive map

Travel back in time with this interactive map of New York, which lets you take a spyglass to any part of the city and uncover what that circle of space looked like in 1836. » 9/07/13 9:30am 9/07/13 9:30am

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

Malört: The Most Disgusting Liquor of All Time

Ever enjoy the ritual of absinthe tasting? You combine sugar cubes, fire, and ice water to make the licorice-flavored beverage palatable. What if absinthe lacked any of these interesting additives? You would be left with malört — a harsh, extremely unpalatable beverage with an hour-long bitter aftertaste. » 2/01/13 3:20pm 2/01/13 3:20pm

This is where Chicago gets its guns

Gun laws are strict in Chicago. In fact, until 2010, there was an outright ban on handguns. But you wouldn't know it from the number of firearms seized in crimes and unpermitted uses in 2012 (7,400 to New York City's 3,285), to say nothing of the city's staggering gun violence. » 1/31/13 6:40am 1/31/13 6:40am

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

In 1987, Max Headroom interrupted a Doctor Who broadcast for a spanking

On November 22, 1987, Chicago-area Doctor Who fans experienced a crossover with Max Headroom that would go down in the history books. The only problem? Neither show had signed up for this clash of universes, and Max ended up getting his naked ass smacked on a PBS station. » 10/30/11 7:00am 10/30/11 7:00am

Zack Snyder's Superman movie is looking for extras in Chicago

If you live in the greater Chicago area, you could be a background extra in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Maybe you'll be forced to kneel before Zod, maybe you'll just stare up in the sky like a slack-jawed Metropolite. » 6/14/11 5:30pm 6/14/11 5:30pm

Street entrepreneur sells Rapture jetpacks for a bargain $50,000

On the streets of Chicago, a savvy telephone-pole huckster was selling Rapture-jets to circumvent God's plan of Hoovering only the pious up to Heaven. For $50K, you can beat the system! Stick it to the bearded man on a cloud! » 5/21/11 7:30am 5/21/11 7:30am

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

Lightning strikes three Chicago skyscrapers in one blow

The heavens have certainly been punishing Chicago this week. Watch as three mighty bolts of lightning simultaneously attack three of the Windy City's tallest buildings. Clearly, Thor is a Flyers fan. » 6/28/10 7:00am 6/28/10 7:00am

Seven Futuristic Urban Tools You'll Find in Today's Cities

The best part about living in a futuristic, metropolitan wonderland are the technologies that make urban living so much smoother. Here are some of our favorite little gadgets and what-nots that modern cities have to offer. » 9/15/09 6:00pm 9/15/09 6:00pm

Chicago's Getting a New Wavy Tower in 2009

Sears Tower might be the tallest skyscraper in Chicago, but it will soon be outdone style-wise by the new Aqua Tower, pictured here. Aqua Tower is modeled after waves in the ocean, which look cool and fare well when it comes to good views, solar shading, and contouring outdoor terraces. Here are the deets on this… » 2/06/08 4:30pm 2/06/08 4:30pm