City Lagging in Broken Sidewalk Repairs

The Chicago Stumbler teamed with NBC 5 Investigates for the second installment of an investigation
into the city’s poor sidewalk conditions. Related:

DePaul students talk about public records and data journalism with this project:

NBC 5 Investigates: Crumbling Sidewalks Cost Taxpayers Millions

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DePaul graduate student Pari Cruz looks through photos on her mobile phone during an NBC Chicago field reporting trip. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

The Chicago Stumbler worked with NBC 5 Investigates to document poor sidewalk conditions in the city for a March 17 story the channel aired. The DePaul student journalists used smartphones and Google Glass to document the sidewalks and post them to the Stumbler.

NBC Chicago investigative reporter Chris Coffey used public documents to confirm that the city has spent $18 million to repair sidewalks between 2008 and 2013 but also paid $6 million during that time to people who’ve injured themselves on poorly maintained sidewalks.

Video: The NBC 5 report on Chicago sidewalks

Story and video: Coffey writes about the injuries and how the Stumbler documents the sidewalks. DePaul instructor Mike Reilley talks about why he and the students founded The Chicago Stumbler.

Mapping Chicago’s Worst Sidewalks

This map indicates where each sidewalk photographed by our team is located in Chicago and which Red Line stop it is near. The map will be updated as more photos are posted on the site. You also can read stories about issues with sidewalk repair on our sister site, The Red Line Project.

Have a sidewalk photograph you would like to share? Tweet it to us at @redlineproject and we’ll post it on our site and credit you! — Lindsey Murphy

Grand Stop: This broken and raised sidewalk is located at 440 N. State St., just south of the Grand Stop. It’s a high-traffic area for tourists hitting the bars and restaurants in the area, and for commuters heading to the El. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

Grand Stop: This broken and raised sidewalk is located at 440 N. State St., just south of the Grand Stop. It’s a high-traffic area for tourists hitting the bars and restaurants in the area, and for commuters heading to the El. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

Monroe Stop: This stretch of sidewalk is located at 30 E. Adams St., halfway between State and Wells. It’s a high-traffic location in the South Loop. 
Don’t like what you see? Contact 311. Have a photo of a crummy sidewalk to share? Tweet it to us @redlineproject, we’ll post it here and credit you. (Photo/Mike Reilley) High-res

Monroe Stop: This stretch of sidewalk is located at 30 E. Adams St., halfway between State and Wells. It’s a high-traffic location in the South Loop. 

Don’t like what you see? Contact 311. Have a photo of a crummy sidewalk to share? Tweet it to us @redlineproject, we’ll post it here and credit you. (Photo/Mike Reilley)