Mary Wisniewski

Columnist Chicago TribuneWriter

Mary Wisniewski is the transportation reporter and Getting Around columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She joined the Tribune in 2016 after stints as a general news reporter at Reuters and transportation reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has won numerous journalism awards, including a 2010 Lisagor for a story on the city’s cab business. A Chicago-area native, she played with model trains as a kid. Her biography of writer Nelson Algren is scheduled to be published in October by Chicago Review Press.

Recent Articles

  • Study: Illinois traffic deaths continue to climb

    Study: Illinois traffic deaths continue to climb

    Traffic fatalities in Illinois have continued to increase in the first six months of this year over the same period in previous years, even as the number of such deaths has slightly decreased nationally, according to a study released Tuesday. A study of traffic fatalities nationwide by the National...

  • Always wanted a bridge? IDOT's giving one away

    Always wanted a bridge? IDOT's giving one away

    Looking for a unique Chicago gift? How about a bridge? The Illinois Department of Transportation is offering to donate the historic Ford City Drive bridge over Pulaski Road near the Ford City Mall. If you take IDOT up on its offer, it would be a costly thing to own. To even have a shot at taking...

  • CTA to cut No. 11 Lincoln bus line's extended route

    CTA to cut No. 11 Lincoln bus line's extended route

    The CTA's experiment with restarting the No. 11 Lincoln bus east of Western Avenue is coming to an end Sept. 1 because of a lack of ridership, a spokeswoman said Monday. The transit agency wanted about 1,500 riders per day on that part of the route, but it had been averaging only about 500 since...

  • If a child is left in a hot car, the vehicle should alert you, advocates for law say

    If a child is left in a hot car, the vehicle should alert you, advocates for law say

    Jennifer Hilton is a loving mother who would never put a child in danger. Until the day she did. On Oct. 6, 2010, Hilton forgot to drop her son Chris at day care — a job her husband usually did — and instead left the toddler in the car when she went to work in south suburban Crestwood. Luckily,...

  • Readers respond to suburban biking woes, paratransit

    Readers respond to suburban biking woes, paratransit

    Readers have written in on a variety of "Getting Around" topics, including suburban biking and paratransit. Here are a few letters: Challenges of city, suburban biking The July 10 column about how bike riders face barriers in the suburbs prompted both pro-bike and anti-bike responses. Here's a...

  • Stop using military terms about cancer — it's not that kind of war

    Stop using military terms about cancer — it's not that kind of war

    One of my big sister's favorite stories was about how our mom tried marijuana. It was around 1971. Ma had been in the basement, taking laundry out of my brothers' room, when she came running up the stairs brandishing a baggie. "Jimmy has pot!" my mother cried in distress. My sister Susan, then...

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