How Chicago's changed in 10 years
New legislation in Chicago and Illinois overall reveals how much the city has changed since 2005. Gay marriage became a legal practice across Illinois in 2014. The state passed a medical marijuana bill in 2013, and Chicago will see its first dispensaries later this year. You could light up a cigarette in pretty much any bar in the city until 2008, when the Smoke Free Illinois Act went into effect. Concealed carry is now a thing in Chicago, and is made clear by the anti-pistol signs plastered on business windows across town. In 2005, red light cameras were barely present in Chicago with a total of just 20 locations. Now, there are 174 red light camera locations with another 144 speed camera locations. Let’s not forget about Daley privatizing the city’s parking meters on a 75-year lease.
There is no shortage of classic masterpieces housed within the Art Institute, but when the museum’s collection of modern art started to balloon, officials decided it was time for an addition. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the sleek, naturally lit Modern Wing opened in 2009, adding 60,000 square feet of new gallery space to the museum. If Ferris Bueller were to take a day off in 2015, he would probably stop by the Modern Wing to gaze at Gerhard Richter’s “Kerze”, a piece made famous after appearing on the cover of Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation.