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Facts, figures about how Valentine's Day is celebrated in U.S.

As the love-filled holiday quickly approaches for the weekend, here are some facts and figures about Valentine's Day and how it's celebrated across America. $19.7 billion: The total projected Valentine's Day spending for 2016. Source: WalletHub.com. 14,161: The number of florists' establishments...

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  • The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The CTA Fails empire expands: Meet the man behind it all

    The man behind "CTA Fails" has expanded its social media footprint to Instagram, where people can see for themselves how much the transit agency's service sucks sometimes. Ryan Smith, the 31-year-old Chicagoan who runs the Instagram account along with @CTAFails on Twitter and a corresponding Facebook...

  • Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights, an ambitious public art project that will add shots of color to the underside of the "L" tracks downtown, is scheduled to begin its beta test next week, six months after a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $60,000 to make it happen. Twelve rods of LED lights have been installed...

  • Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    A man died in what police believed was a suicide after he jumped in front of a Red Line train near 63rd Street early Friday afternoon, officials said. CTA officials were notified that a person was hit at the 63rd Street Station about 12:20 p.m., a spokesman said. The man was believed to have committed...

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  • Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Lead risks and other things you need to know about Chicago's drinking water

    Flint, Mich., isn’t the only place looking at pollutants in its drinking water. The city's water crisis has made the hazards of lead pipes a national issue and caused residents in cities across the nation to wonder whether they, too, could be exposed to the brain-damaging metal by simply drinking...

  • Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    Top 5 CTA complaints via CTA Fails

    When riders are frustrated with the CTA's service, cleanliness, passengers and more, many take to Twitter and Instagram to air their grievances, using the popular @CTAFails handle or #CTAFails hashtag.  CTA Fails creator Ryan Smith sifts through hundreds of complaints a day and has compiled a list...

  • Skilling: Polar air to stay through the weekend

    Skilling: Polar air to stay through the weekend

    After an extended period of above-normal temperatures, a major shift in jet-stream winds will steer polar air across the Chicago area into Sunday. Northwest-to-north winds will be tapping a reservoir of arctic air originating from northern Canada. The cold is forecast to arrive in several waves....

  • Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Among those waiting outside a North Side shelter on a recent, bitterly cold night was Cilantra, the street name of a 23-year-old who has been scuffling since leaving his family's home five years ago. "I was pretty much running away," Cilantra said. "All we did was yell at each other." Cilantra is...

  • 5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    RedEye asked five young activists their thoughts on the movement, recent protests and the impact they have had on Chicago.    1. In three words, how would you characterize this movement? Page May, 27, an organizer of Assata's Daughters and member of Black Youth Project 100: Unapologetically Black....

  • Zipline and baby alligator coming to Millennium Park this weekend

    Zipline and baby alligator coming to Millennium Park this weekend

    Thrill-seekers, not to mention cold-seekers, can head to Millennium Park this weekend to zipline in 20-degree weather and possibly consider, well, zipping down to Florida in search of warmer weather. The 190-foot-long zipline experience—beginning on a three-story platform set up in the North Chase...

  • Meet Chicago's young activists behind the protests

    Meet Chicago's young activists behind the protests

    Chicago's young protesters make it hard to ignore the problems swirling around Chicago. The fresh faces of activism have taken to the streets in recent months, shutting down Michigan Avenue, staging citywide walkouts and disrupting Black Friday shopping and New Year's Day brunches to demand change....

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