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NATO summit cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue and security costs

The NATO summit at McCormick Place cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue from customers who stayed away and extra security expenses like bomb-sniffing dogs, the … Read more ›

Traffic and commuting expected to return to normal on Tuesday

Expressway traffic jams and the familiar hunt for curbside parking in downtown Chicago return Tuesday, as the daily commute gets back to normal after the … Read more ›

Metra riders, many with backpacks and rolling bags, exit trains Friday downtown. Metra is advising passengers on all its lines that they will be subject to screening and restrictions on what they can carry on trains during the NATO summit. (Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune / May 11, 2012)

Metra: Customers will face screenings, searches during NATO summit

Forget that cup of coffee or water bottle. And leave your backpack at home. Those are among the messages Metra is sending to riders who … Read more ›

Illinois to spend less on highways and arterial streets

Spending on highways and arterial streets maintained by the state will decline about 20 percent overall in Illinois in the next six years under an … Read more ›

U.S. gas prices see first drop since December; Chicago still highest

The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States declined for the first time since mid-December, dropping 5.44 cents over the … Read more ›

A Metra train passes underneath McCormick Place this month. Trains will be allowed to run under the convention center during next month's NATO summit. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / April 11, 2012)

Trains to run under NATO summit at McCormick Place

In a signal that downtown Chicago won’t be placed on a virtual security lockdown during the NATO summit next month, trains will be permitted to … Read more ›

Enhancements to website will provide more openness and information about Metra

In a move toward more openness and accountability, Metra is providing enhancements to its website that it said will allow the public to track more … Read more ›

Metra: Won’t know until end of month whether summit will disrupt commute

Metra riders aren’t likely to know until the end of April how the upcoming NATO summit will affect their commuting plans, Metra CEO Alex Clifford … Read more ›

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Graphic Memoirist Guy Delisle brings Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City to Oak Park Public Library May 2

Acclaimed graphic memoirist Guy Delisle is making his first-ever North American tour with his strongest work yet – a thoughtful and moving travelogue about life … Read more ›

CTA shuts down Blue Line

Service on the CTA Blue Line was temporarily shut down about 5 p.m. in both directions between the O’Hare and Rosemont stops, officials said. Read … Read more ›