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The Story Behind Chicago’s Deadliest Day
On July 24, 1915, a Great Lakes tour boat called the Eastland rolled over while docked on the Chicago River near Clark Street, killing 844 people. It was the worst disaster in the city’s history. I interview the author of Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America, for the untold story of the disaster 100 years later. +Chicago Magazine, July 2015
+Photo by Anna Knott


What really happens to Chicago's blue cart recycling?
We follow the trash to answer the most popular question in our queue: What happens to all the stuff that Chicagoans throw in their blue recycling bins? Things are a lot less bleak than some skeptics suggest—recycling in Chicago is not a sham—but there are reasons to wonder if the city underestimates how much of its “recycled” products actually end up in the landfill.
+Chicago Public Media, July 2015


The guy who made it easy to navigate Chicago
Today Chicago has one of the simplest street systems of any big city in the world, but it wasn’t always going to be that way. Edward Paul Brennan, an unsung hero of urban planning, spent much of his life taming Chicago’s navigational chaos. That legacy lives on, even if few people know his name.
+Chicago Public Media, May 2015
+Image: Logan Jaffe / WBEZ


'More Than Just a Steady Hand'
Hand-painted signs are making a comeback—just in time for Ches Perry, who has printed, painted and lettered some of Chicago's best signs for decades. For Chicago Magazine, I look at the father-son team known as Right Way Signs.
+Chicago Magazine, May 2015
+Photo: Ches Perry paints a mural in his live-work studio in Jefferson Park in 2014. The company has since moved to Bucktown.