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Harris Poll: Great Lakes residents feel ready for flooding. They better be right.

Harris Poll: Amid high hopes for DNC 2024, Chicago also faces high stakes

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Crossover voting in Chicago

Harris Poll: Chicago's flaws shouldn't overshadow its beauty and grandeur

Will Johnson: Chicago sports teams are crucial to fans. New stadiums? Not so much.

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Sports are integral to Chicago's identity, but which teams contribute most to its culture?

Does TV show the real Chicago? Maybe...or not

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"The Bear" Effect: Media's Depiction of Cities and Public Perception

Will Johnson: Is Chicago still the city that works? Here's how the mayor can bolster residents' optimism

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Do movies and TV shows give cities a fair shake?

Harris Poll: Are Cook County residents ready to overhaul how they vote?

Michelle Larson and Will Johnson: Chicago's Museum Campus is the key to revitalizing the Loop

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Parks, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus among Chicago's greatest attractions for city and suburban residents

Harris Poll: Increased public safety could draw more local tourists to Chicago attractions

Will Johnson: The mayor has Chicagoans' buy-in on law enforcement. Here's what he can do for more consensus.

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Chicagoans Support A Multifaceted Approach to Public Safety

Harris Poll: Chicago is the epicenter of the youth mental health crisis

Will Johnson: How Cook County residents feel about the Magnificent Mile

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Chicagoans get creative in rethinking dormant office space

Harris Poll: Illinois has a ways to go to reach its goal of 1 million EVs on the road

Will Johnson: Should we pay to keep the White Sox local? Here's what polling data says.

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Should teams pay for their own stadiums?

Harris Poll: Chicagoans exhibit early patience with new mayor's methodical approach

Harris Poll: Remote work continues to threaten the downtown economy, but could spur growth in Chicago's suburbs

NASCAR's Chicago Street Race represents a crucial test for Cup Series

How do people really feel about NASCAR in Chicago? Chicagoans and Cook County residents are split

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Chicagoans think NASCAR street race will benefit the city

Harris Poll: Chicagoans look to Johnson to ignite positive change for the city

Will Johnson: Is Brandon Johnson up to the task? Even many of his supporters have doubts.

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Safety and affordability top-of-mind for Chicagoans ahead of mayoral inauguration

Harris Poll: Chicagoans are ready for CPS to make a positive change

Harris Poll: CPS sets an ambitious path for success, but public holds little optimism for improvement

Harris Poll: Businesses are better at raising awareness of social issues than fixing them

Lori Lightfoot Makes Her Case to Chicago

Bears Arlington Park stadium project beginning to win over more fans?

Will Johnson: Why Lightfoot - or almost anyone else - could win the mayoral election

Harris Poll: Chicagoans favor unions more than they support paying for public pensions

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Chicagoans expect to exercise their right to vote for mayor next month—just not sure for whom

Poll Positions

Harris Poll: High cost of housing is making Chicago inhospitable

Poll: Most Cook County residents think downtown Chicago is more dangerous than a year ago

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Public safety continues to be top of mind for Chicago's residents and businesses

Will Johnson: Chicago's No. 1 challenge is the reality of crime, not just its perception, a new poll shows

Chicago's homicide stats tell only part of the public safety story

Chicago takes a hyperlocal approach to closing racial health gaps

Will Johnson: Love Chicago? You are likely to give a thumbs-up to the plan for the city's casino

Real reasons to save midtier private colleges

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Few Chicagoans oppose casino development in River West

Consumers want the consumer protections but not so keen about paying more for clean energy

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Trustworthiness, honesty, competence at top of mind for Chicago voters

Will Johnson: What do Chicago voters want in a mayor? Competence, integrity and accomplishment

Great Lakes residents divided on who should lead on environmental issues, Harris Poll finds

Housing instability weighs on Chicagoans' minds, Harris Poll finds

Will Johnson: Could this be Chicago's comeback summer?

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Are Americans returning to summer tourism?

Tax increases push Chicagoans to their limit

Chicago-area workers still facing COVID's mental health effects

Investments in urban development could prevent Chicago from plateauing

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Reframing Public Safety Reform to Find Common Ground

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Reimagining Public Safety in Chicago: 6 Months Later

The Harris Poll and the MacArthur Foundation team up to understand how Chicago residents' perspectives on public safety have changed as 2021 draws to a close.

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The economics of entertainment: More investment in nightlife could help Chicago attract residents and businesses

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Now is the time to address economic inequity

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Addressing Chicago’s Economic Inequity

Chicagoan perceptions provide a window into wealth distribution and economic inequity in the area.

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The Harris Poll: Reimagining Public Safety in Chicago

Op-Ed: Do Chicagoans want to 'defund the police'? It's a tale of two cities.

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Reimagining Chicago’s Public Safety

Chicago residents want to see changes to the laws, systems, and organizations that can reduce gun violence and amend police-resident relations.

Crain's Daily Gist podcast: What business leaders think of Chicago's economic future

Biz sentiment turns positive here as vaccines spread

Commentary: Who's ready for a trade show? Poll shows there's hope for McCormick Place and other halls.

What are local execs thinking? Crain's exclusive Harris Poll finds out.

Here's the evidence - in case you needed it - that downtown's been seriously damaged

Ominous signs for downtown landlords - and upsides for Pritzker's tax plan

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Chicago Business Executive Pulse: Wave 1 Topical Insights

Crain's Launches Exclusive Partnership with Harris Poll

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