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Bob and Nancy Hoel touring Holland on their tandem bicycle.
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Rolling Through Holland

When Bob Hoel prepares for a trip he packs the usual assortment of clothes and shoes, then carefully fits a disassembled tandem bike into a … Read more ›

RTA: Transit agency fears funding bill would jeopardize major mass-transit projects

Federal legislation that would bar mass-transit projects from getting gasoline tax revenue is “financially perilous” to Chicago’s public transit system, state and local transportation officials … Read more ›


Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago’s Union Station

Thousands of commuters continue to breathe high levels of lung-damaging diesel exhaust at Chicago’s Union Station, in part because of nagging maintenance problems at the … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›

Metra commuters purchase fares at Union Station Wednesday morning. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune)

Most Metra riders will pay 30% more when fare hike kicks in Wednesday

With the largest Metra fare increase about to kick in, longtime train commuter Melinda Shepherd wastes no words summing up her feelings about it: “Angry … Read more ›

Passengers disembark from a Metra train on the BNSF line in Union Station on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  (Brian Cassella/ Chicago Tribune)

Metra: On-time performance of trains slipped in 2011

For years, Metra bragged that its trains ran on schedule 95 percent of the time or better. But in 2011, that number slipped to 93.6 … Read more ›

As fares set to go up, Metra hires new PR chief

As Metra prepares to raise fares Feb. 1, the commuter rail agency has hired a new public relations chief to run its communications and marketing … Read more ›

Traffic travels on Butterfield Road, west of Highland Avenue, paralleling the Reagan Memo

Many drivers say no to higher tolls

Newton Johnson used to take the Tri-State Tollway every day to work. Not anymore. Ever since the tolls nearly doubled Jan. 1, Johnson has started … Read more ›

Troubled by heftier tolls? Here are some free alternate routes

Drivers who are troubled by the hefty toll hike on the Illinois Tollway have many alternatives, some of which were mainstays for motorists before the … Read more ›

Hilton Indian Lakes Resort
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Valentine’s Day Packages at Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort

Three Sweet Stays, Made Just for Two The Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, located in suburban Bloomingdale, has created three, sweet and special Valentine‚Äôs Day packages … Read more ›