Jon Hilkevitch is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co- ...
September 1, 2014
When it comes to transportation, the Chicago region has a bad case of terminal neglect.
August 25, 2014
Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet.
August 17, 2014
Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so loud and what might be done to reduce the annoying sound.
August 11, 2014
Southwest Airlines began revolutionizing the jet-setting world of air travel roughly four decades ago with its no-frills service and helped reshape the U.S. airline industry into the mass transit system of the sky — complete with overcrowding, delays and other hassles long familiar to train and bus commuters.
August 4, 2014
About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass transit dead zones and maps them in relation to major job clusters.
July 28, 2014
Noise-deflecting hills have been built near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport to ease jet noise in surrounding areas. Could a plan work around O'Hare Airport?
July 21, 2014
Readers sometimes ask how I get around, and some people even suggest they already know the answer based on perceived tea leaves in my writing.
July 14, 2014
Dear Getting Around: You've got mail.
July 6, 2014
North Lake Shore Drive is a mess for many of the quarter-million drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who use it each day, according to new research from city and state transportation officials who are planning an overhaul of the aging boulevard.
June 30, 2014
While a runway at O'Hare International Airport that opened last year is sometimes called the "cemetery airstrip'' because part of it sits on a former graveyard, the next runway set to debut in late 2015 could earn the nickname "Shingles,'' and not because Chicago officials are hoping the number of flights will go through the roof.
June 22, 2014
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
June 16, 2014
It took a community to raze a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway this past weekend without the sky falling.
June 9, 2014
Chicago is hustling to reach the finish line next spring on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promise to complete 100 miles of bicycle lanes that are shielded from traffic, and city officials hope the public doesn't judge the project strictly by the number of bike riders seen — very few in some locations — using the lanes.
June 2, 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority will require more frequent security patrols at its parking facilities in a move to help commuters feel safer, as well as demand quicker turnarounds to fix burned-out lighting and make upgrades, under a contract that is open for re-bidding, transit officials say.
May 26, 2014
Happy holiday. It's really great to still have you around, because you are not (so far, at least) among the almost 400 people in the U.S. who the National Safety Council predicts will be killed in traffic accidents during the Memorial Day weekend.
October 14, 2013
The South Lake Shore Drive extension, Chicago's newest roadway, is less than two weeks away from opening along a part of the city that for more than 100 years most people have seen only from a distance.
July 15, 2013
This year's weather has been among the worst in a decade for air travel in the United States, aviation authorities say, with the most volatile period possibly still ahead as the summer thunderstorm season is underway.
September 5, 2011
Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said.
March 28, 2011
The almost-completed first phase of O'Hare International Airport's expansion had close calls that could have resulted in fatal airplane crashes, according to a Tribune investigation of incidents filed with the Federal Aviation Administration.