December airline delays hit Chicago's O'Hare Airport hard

Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Chicago O'Hare International Airport's flight delays in December were just as bad and unusual as they seemed, according to recently released U.S. Department of Transportation data.

By the numbers: Just 71.5% of domestic flights departed O'Hare on time in December 2022, per data from the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Sami Sparber
Mar 18, 2023 - Business

What Chicago's biggest employers offer for parental leave

Data: Axios Research; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

Parental leave policies vary widely depending on which Chicagoland organization you work for.

Why it matters: Paid parental leave benefits families, research shows, and offering more generous policies is one way employers can recruit and retain workers in a tight labor market.

Revisiting Milwaukee Avenue: Wicker Park's spirit is still alive

Milwaukee Avenue. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Wicker Park has been a destination for tourists and Chicagoans alike for decades, but many of the businesses that defined the neighborhood's independent spirit are long gone.

What's happening: After Walgreens vacated the iconic old bank building late last month, I decided to spend a Saturday strolling Milwaukee Avenue to see how much it's changed since the last time I walked it, in 2021.

Babysitting costs climb in Chicago

Arrow chart showing the change in babysitting rates for one child among bookings on UrbanSitter from 2021 to 2022. Data: UrbanSitter; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

Babysitting rates rose 13% in Chicago in 2022 from the year prior, according to survey results caregiver-finding platform UrbanSitter provided to Axios' Jennifer A. Kingson.

  • Still, it's cheaper here than much of the U.S.
Monica Eng
Feb 14, 2023 - Real Estate

For residents, Chicago's downtown is rated top-notch

Photo of a street with a big sign that says "Chicago"

Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chicago's downtown ranks among the nation's best for residential living.

  • The rating comes from a recent analysis by self-storage company, which looked at living options, safety and lifestyle amenities balanced by cost.

Meet the (possible) mayor: Paul Vallas

Photo of a man talking at a press conference

Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas speaks during a press conference at his campaign headquarters this month. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As part of our ongoing series to show a fresh side of this year's mayoral hopefuls, today we present our Q&A with Paul Vallas.

The candidate: Vallas was CEO of Chicago Public Schools in the '90s. He also ran for governor of Illinois in 2002 and lieutenant governor in 2014.

Chicago business community quiet on mayoral race


Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Though most big unions have announced their mayoral endorsements, Chicago's business community has remained mostly mum.

Driving the news: In endorsing Paul Vallas on Wednesday, 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney suggested the business community might have finally found its guy.

Monica Eng
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Chicago's food prices fall, but consumers still seek relief

Data: BLS. Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Food prices across Chicago were up nearly 8% in December compared with a year earlier, per a new analysis from Axios' Kavya Beheraj and Alex Fitzpatrick.

  • The cost of food eaten at home was up 8.3%, while the price of food eaten away from home was up 6.7%, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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