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Chicago is nation's most corrupt big city, Illinois is third most corrupt state, report finds  WLS-TV

A recent report by the University of Illinois in Chicago states that Chicago continues to be the nation's most corrupt big city, despite a decline in the number of ...

WLS-TV
housing inventory at record low  Crain's Chicago Business

Buyers shopping for a house in the city are facing the lowest number of options in more than a dozen years.

Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago Was Founded by Blackness—and We're Still Its Foundation  The Root

On the northeast corner of the bridge that joins the southern stretch of Michigan Avenue to the northern portion known as “The Magnificent Mile,” there stands an ...

The Root
Chicago is an ‘epicenter’ for the ‘Divine Nine’  Chicago Sun-Times

Many of the "Divine Nine" fraternities and sororities were founded at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Chicago Sun-Times
Which Chicago Mayoral candidates do you align most closely with? Take this quiz to find out.  Chicago Tribune

Each of Chicago's 14 mayoral candidates were asked whether they support or oppose the following 14 proposals, and to rank their importance on a scale of 1 to ...

Chicago Tribune
3 easy ways to fix Chicago's traffic crisis  Chicago Tribune

I haven't noticed it because I choose not to believe in traffic. If I have to stop or slow down because I'm surrounded by a large number of other drivers on the road ...

Chicago Tribune
Chicago man arrested in Feb. 4 fatal hit-and-run in Waukegan  Chicago Tribune

A Chicago man has been charged with a fatal hit and run accident in Waukegan on Feb.4.

Chicago Tribune
63 People Have Now Had Drug Convictions Vacated After Scrutiny of Chicago Police  The New York Times

The arrests of two law enforcement officers in 2012 brought attention to the tactics used in a public housing complex.

The New York Times
Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times Announce Endorsements in Mayors Race  NBC Chicago

The Chicago Tribune editorial board has endorsed Bill Daley for Chicago mayor, the paper announced Wednesday, following the Chicago Sun-Times editorial ...

NBC Chicago
Al Capone house for sale in Chicago Park Manor neighborhood  USA TODAY

See the two-flat house where the famed Chicago gangster, Al Capone, lived with his wife and mother in the 1920s. It's for sale in Park Manor.

USA TODAY
Bill Daley, to build Chicago  Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorses William "Bill" Daley to be mayor of Chicago. He is the candidate we most trust to manage the financial ...

Chicago Tribune
Wells and Wells: Congress Parkway gets a new name and Chicago gets a new intersection  Chicago Tribune

For 25 years, chef Sonny Dervishi has been telling customers who called in orders that his Italian restaurant is at Congress and Wells. So on Tuesday — a day ...

Chicago Tribune
Chicago's hush-hush O'Hare expansion architect competition: 'This whole process has been pretty weird.'  Chicago Tribune

Chicago's process to pick an architect for the O'Hare expansion product is cloaked in confidentiality, leaving the public in the dark about whether the plans can ...

Chicago Tribune
The Maximum-Fun, Minimum-Drama Guide to Raising Kids in Chicago  Chicagomag.com

This compendium of insider tips, expert-tested resources, and hard-earned wisdom reveals a delightful truth: Our city is one huge playground.

Chicagomag.com
3 up, 3 down from Chicago’s 6-3 loss in Boston  Second City Hockey

Checking in on the trends after the Blackhawks first loss in nearly a month.

Second City Hockey
Cubs launch Marquee Sports Network  NBCSports.com

The Chicago Cubs announced the launch of their own regional sports network, Marquee, in partnership with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

NBCSports.com
Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel gives you last-minute V-Day solutions  WGN Radio - Chicago

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to describe the inception of Omakase in our city. Then, Phil gives you tips for a last-minute ...

WGN Radio - Chicago
Man, 31, stabbed to death in Austin: police  Chicago Sun-Times

The man was found suffering from stab wounds to his left arm and armpit about 8:10 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Erie, according to Chicago police.

Chicago Sun-Times
5 ways Chicago played a role in 'El Chapo's' conviction — including the Empire carpet jingle  Chicago Tribune

The historic trial of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may have unfolded in a federal courtroom in New York City, but Chicago played a pivotal ...

Chicago Tribune
Huge chunks of ice fall off high rises in Chicago  AccuWeather.com

Large ice chunks fall from a number of hi-rise buildings in downtown Chicago, Illinois on February 12, 2019, following a slight warm-up in the area.

AccuWeather.com
Delays mean Chicago 'Hamilton' exhibit opening 3 weeks late  KOMO News

CHICAGO (AP) — The world premiere of an exhibit based on the Broadway hit "Hamilton" will be delayed three weeks in part due to recent subzero ...

KOMO News
What’s happening to thousands of abandoned Chicago houses? Homeowners hide, houses crumble  WGN TV Chicago

WGN Investigates Jobe Martin remembers a different day on his street, and he remembers it well. The 67-year-old retiree has spent his entire life on Aberdeen ...

WGN TV Chicago
Chicago Weather: Ice causes crashes, power outages, slick surfaces in Chicago area  WLS-TV

Snow, sleet and freezing rain have created slippery travel conditions across the Chicago area with more accumulating snow falling Tuesday evening, but the ...

WLS-TV
Secrets of the Trade: Chicago Window Washers Share Stories on Spiders, Heights and What's Inside Those Fancy Apartments  NBC Chicago

Imagine starting your work day climbing over the top of a building and dangling hundreds of feet above the streets of Chicago. That's exactly what these Chicago ...

NBC Chicago
3 Chicago theater companies awarded grants from Rick Bayless Foundation  Chicago Sun-Times

Albany Park Theater Project, Porchlight Music Theatre and the Steep Theatre Company are recipients of “Stepping Stone” grants from the Rick Bayless Family ...

Chicago Sun-Times
HGTV orders second season of 'Windy City Rehab'  Chicago Tribune

Chicago native Alison Victoria Gramenos will renovate and flip homes here for a second season of “Windy City Rehab,” HGTV representatives announced this ...

Chicago Tribune
Residents react to Resolution to split Chicago from Illinois  WTHITV.com

A House Resolution in Illinois is proposing to separate the city of Chicago, and make it its own state!

WTHITV.com
Last vacant Dominick’s site in Chicago finds a tenant, bringing a grocery store to South Shore food desert  Chicago Tribune

Shop and Save has finalized a deal to buy the last remaining vacant Dominick's site in Chicago and plans to open this fall in what has become a food desert in ...

Chicago Tribune
'The years here in Chicago were just so special': Joakim Noah appreciates his education with the Bulls  Chicago Tribune

Joakim Noah almost retired. That's how low things went for the passionate player long considered the heart and soul of the Bulls, the one who shouted out the ...

Chicago Tribune
Thin Mints are going digital: Chicago Girl Scouts offer online cookie sales  Chicago Tribune

Decked out in a pink sweatshirt and stylish purple glasses, 7-year-old Frannie Ohlhoff is making a classic sales pitch: “My Girl Scout troop is selling cookies.

Chicago Tribune
Jussie Smollett reiterates his cooperation, day after police say they need more phone records from night of attack  Chicago Tribune

A day after Chicago police said they need more complete phone records from "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, his representatives released a statement insisting ...

Chicago Tribune
Al Capone’s 2-flat in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood for sale  WGN TV Chicago

CHICAGO -- You can now own a piece of Chicago history. Chicago's most famous gangster's two-flat Park Manor home is on the market for $109900. Al Capone ...

WGN TV Chicago
City of Chicago: “Aware of situation” following Bulldog report on R. Kelly  CBS46 News Atlanta

R. Kelly's attorney told the CBS46 Bulldog Wednesday that his client will "diligently" comply with a curfew order, called into question after our investigation aired.

CBS46 News Atlanta
Debating the future of Chicago's 33rd Ward  SocialistWorker.org

Socialist City Council candidate Rossana Rodriguez brought a vision of a Chicago by and for the people to a recent 33rd Ward debate.

SocialistWorker.org
Chicago Group Joins Parkland Survivors To Address Gun Violence  NPR

David Greene talks to D'Angelo McDade, executive director of Chicago anti-violence group the Peace Warriors, about his work with student activists from ...

NPR
Chicago Fire, Section 8 supporters' group announce joint plans for 2019  MLSsoccer.com

The Chicago Fire and Section 8 Chicago, the club's largest supporters' group, on Wednesday announced joint plans for the 2019 MLS season, including a new, ...

MLSsoccer.com
Can Chicago Keep a $6-Billion Development from Displacing a 100-Seat Music Club?  Next City

In May 2018, Sterling Bay development corporation announced a bold plan for redeveloping a derelict industrial site in Chicago in a wedge of land between the ...

Next City
Local firefighters help save man's life at Chicago airport  WHEC

Three local firefighters helped save a man's life at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago...

WHEC
Intelligent design: What makes these 5 Chicago tech design teams unique  Built In Chicago

We spoke design leads at five Chicago tech companies about what differentiates them from others and what they're working on now.

Built In Chicago
Ask Tom: Was December 2018 a record low for snow in Chicago?  Chicago Tribune

While December's scant 1.4-inch snowfall was well below the current average of 8.2 inches, there have been many Decembers in Chicago that recorded less ...

Chicago Tribune
Today's quiz: Is there a Republican in the race for Chicago mayor?  Chicago Tribune

Today's quiz: Which of the 14 candidates in the race for Chicago mayor best capture conservative principles of efficient government, low taxation, personal ...

Chicago Tribune
Man charged with taking copper wire from East Chicago light poles  Chicago Tribune

Reginald DeBerry is charged with theft after police said he took copper wire from light poles in East Chicago.

Chicago Tribune
AT&T announces Chicago and Minneapolis as its next 5G cities  The Verge

AT&T has caught a lot of (well-deserved) flak for its fake 5G Evolution network to the point that the company's actual, real 5G network rollout hasn't gotten as ...

The Verge
'Tony Accardo is Joe Batters': Our fascination with Chicago mob bosses continues with a new tell-all book  Chicago Tribune

Tony Accardo is Joe Batters: Mob Boss Murderer, the Untold Story" by Neil Gordon is a new book about the Chicago mob boss Accardo. It was written with the ...

Chicago Tribune
With Congress Parkway now renamed Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago has its first major street named for a black woman  Chicago Tribune

The bright green street signs bearing her name had already been installed, and digital mapping apps already acknowledged Ida B. Wells Drive as a major ...

Chicago Tribune
Our choices for Chicago City Council: Wards 47-50  Chicago Tribune

The Tribune Editorial Board concludes its endorsements in contested races for aldermanic seats in the Feb. 26 municipal election. Today, Wards 47 through 50.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Is The Most Corrupt American City: Report  CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS)–The Chicago metropolitan area was ranked as the most corrupt U.S. city in a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with ...

CBS Chicago
Joakim Noah: 'I can end this thing on my own note'  NBCSports.com

For a while it looked like Joakim Noah's career was going to end with a terrible contract, a few surgeries, a suspension and his own team exiling him. But the ...

NBCSports.com
What happened when Steppenwolf called up Albert Finney  Chicago Tribune

Remembering actor Albert Finney and his Steppenwolf Theatre connection in Chicago. It was first in “Another Time” in 1991.

Chicago Tribune
'Proven Innocent' review: Fox's new Chicago-shot legal drama can't muster much of a case  Chicago Tribune

"Proven Innocent" centers on a wrongful conviction law firm comprising a young woman wrongfully convicted herself (Rachelle Lefevre), fellow attorney (Russell ...

Chicago Tribune
LIVE RADAR: Chicago Weather: Snow, sleet, freezing rain coming Monday evening  WLS-TV

A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for Monday evening into Tuesday morning.

WLS-TV
Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar may finally expand and open in Chicago  Eater Chicago

Milk Bar's famed desserts, including Crack Pie and Cereal Milk, could soon arrive in Chicago. Officials from acclaimed pastry chef Christina Tosi's uber-popular ...

Eater Chicago
12 Terrific Chicago Bars With Great Food  Eater Chicago

Just because a bar is known for drinking doesn't mean the food should be secondary.

Eater Chicago
Why Chicago is still Amazon's best choice for HQ2  Crain's Chicago Business

New Yorkers may be having second thoughts about HQ2, but not us. It's not too late to make the right choice—and that choice is, was and always has been ...

Crain's Chicago Business
Area legislators: Make Chicago the 51st state | Local News  Effingham Daily News

State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, has filed a resolution appealing to the United States Congress to separate Chicago from Illinois and making it a new ...

Effingham Daily News
Memorial service held for slain Chicago police commander  Fox 32 Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Dozens of people gathered at Chicago's Thompson Center to remember a police commander who was shot and killed last year while chasing a ...

Fox 32 Chicago
AT&T targets Chicago and Minneapolis as next major 5G markets  9to5Mac

AT&T has announced the latest cities to be upgraded with its 5G network. However, there aren't really any devices that can make use of it yet. In any case ...

9to5Mac
Spectacular skylines can also be bird killers. Here's how a proposed Chicago ordinance is trying to help.  Chicago Tribune

Glass-sheathed modern buildings make for spectacular skylines, but they're also bird killers, especially in Chicago. Each year, thousands of birds die when they ...

Chicago Tribune
EDITORIAL: In a mayoral election that’s up for grabs, your vote really counts  Chicago Sun-Times

“My concern is that there will be a razor-thin difference in votes between second and third place,” Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Chair Marisel ...

Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago garage-rock band Twin Peaks announces Rec Room gig  Buffalo News

Giddy garage rockers Twin Peaks will return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. May 1 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). The spirited Chicago act continues to tour in suppor…

Buffalo News
2 top cartel lieutenants still face a reckoning in Chicago in El Chapo case  Chicago Sun-Times

Now that Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been convicted of involvement in murders, high-level bribery and billions of dollars of drug ...

Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago and Illinois are still after Amazon's HQ2, or at least part of it  Chicago Tribune

Chicago and Illinois officials reached out to Amazon on Friday in a renewed effort to win a 25,000-job campus that would serve as part of the tech behemoth's ...

Chicago Tribune
Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager 'to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'  Chicago Tribune

Yu Darvish wants to pay back the Cubs and their fans with a strong season after missing most of 2018 because of an elbow injury.

Chicago Tribune
Bill Gates says Chicago teenagers taught him a thing or two about processing emotions  Chicago Tribune

Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual newsletter Tuesday, and discussed some of the things that surprised them last year in an interview with the ...

Chicago Tribune
Chicago police watchdog is investigating Facebook photo of a man — purported to be a cop — wearing blackface  Chicago Tribune

The city's police watchdog is investigating an allegation that a Chicago police officer was photographed wearing blackface at a party, officials said Wednesday.

Chicago Tribune
Target Chicago: Will City Hall find new lives for empty boxes?  Chicago Tribune

Two Target stores on the South Side of Chicago closed in early February. Repurposing the buildings should be a top priority for the next mayor.

Chicago Tribune
Good Samaritan picks up hotel tab for 70 homeless cleared from camp in downtown Chicago  Chicago Tribune

A good Samaritan has offered to spring for hotel rooms for 70 people who were cleared from a homeless camp in downtown Chicago after dozens of propane ...

Chicago Tribune
10 suburbs on list of 100 richest places in U.S.  Crain's Chicago Business

Ten percent of the 100 richest cities in the U.S. are in the Chicago area, down a bit from last year, according to a new list. Glencoe, Winnetka, Lake Forest, ...

Crain's Chicago Business
Winter Weather Advisory Issued as Snow, Ice Threaten Parts of Chicago Area  NBC Chicago

A Winter Weather Advisory will take effect for part of the Chicago area Monday evening as a developing system could bring several inches of snow and ...

NBC Chicago
Plan to pay 1,000 residents $1,000 a month—no strings attached—pitched by panel  Chicago Sun-Times

Each month, 1,000 struggling Chicagoans would get $1,000, no strings attached, to help break the cycle of poverty, under a trail-blazing pilot program proposed ...

Chicago Sun-Times
From Model T to SUVs: Ford's Chicago factories to get $1 billion upgrade, add 500 jobs to build latest models  Chicago Tribune

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it would invest $1 billion in its Chicago-area manufacturing operations to expand production of its Ford Explorer and Lincoln ...

Chicago Tribune
Early voting for Chicago mayor is now open at neighborhood polling places. Here’s what to know.  Chicago Tribune

Chicago voters can now vote for mayor, alderman and other offices at sites in each of the city's 50 wards, expanding early voting options significantly from a ...

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Black Restaurant Week is here — check out our recommendations  Chicago Tribune

Chicago Black Restaurant Week kicks off its fourth year Sunday, running through Feb. 17, for more than a week, with not just restaurants and going far beyond ...

Chicago Tribune
Crime down in Windy City? Chicago just had its least violent January in 9 years  USA TODAY

CHICAGO — The nation's third-largest city recorded 20 homicides in January, the fewest number of killings for the month in nine years and what police are ...

USA TODAY
Police investigating confrontation involving Atlanta news crew outside R. Kelly’s Chicago studio  WGN TV Chicago

CHICAGO -- Police are investigating an incident outside of R. Kelly's studio on the Near West Side. Last weekend, a judge ruled that Kelly is not allowed to use ...

WGN TV Chicago
Police investigate ‘shootout’ at Heart of Chicago traffic crash  Chicago Sun-Times

Occupants of a stolen vehicle were involved in a shootout Saturday afternoon after crashing into on the Lower West Side, police said.

Chicago Sun-Times
What's open, closed during Chicago's deep freeze  WLS-TV

Here is a list of what is open and closed during Chicago's deep freeze on Wednesday and Thursday.

WLS-TV
City Council candidate wants $4 million from Chicago Teachers Union for 'defamatory' campaign mailer  Chicago Tribune

A college student running to oust the prominent alderman of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's home ward sued the Chicago Teachers Union for ...

Chicago Tribune
Brown carries Bradley past Loyola-Chicago 61-54  week.com

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Darrell Brown had 21 points as Bradley got past Loyola-Chicago 61-54 on Wednesday night. Elijah Childs had 13 points and seven.

week.com
Chicago weather: Ice storm turns city into frozen sculpture  Curbed Chicago

A mix of freezing rain and snow from Winter Storm Maya has created hazardous roads and impossibly slick sidewalks on Tuesday morning. While this isn't great, ...

Curbed Chicago
Chicago's record coldest days  Chicago Tribune

While Wednesday's deep freeze didn't break the all-time record low for the city the temperature of 23 below did register among the 10 coldest. One thing about ...

Chicago Tribune
Family Speaks Out After 1-Year-Old Boy Shot on Chicago's South Side  NBC Chicago

Devastated family members of a 1-year-old who was shot in the head spoke out early Friday as the young boy remained on life support.

NBC Chicago
Chicago's deep freeze (and the winter so far) in 5 charts  Chicago Tribune

A polar vortex will plunge the Chicago area into a deep freeze this week, with record-breaking low temperatures possible. Here are five charts that show how ...

Chicago Tribune
Stephen Colbert is obsessed with Chicago's cold snap  Chicago Tribune

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is filmed in New York, but Chicago has been mentioned a lot on the show this week. Colbert, who graduated from ...

Chicago Tribune
Here's a running list of everything that's closed in the Chicago area because of weather  Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Board of Education to Amtrak to the Lincoln Park Zoo, here's a running list of closings, including schools and area universities.

Chicago Tribune
'I feel cheated': For some South Side Chicago residents, losing 2 Target stores isn't just an economic blow  Chicago Tribune

With the recent closing of two Target stores and a Marshall's on Chicago's South Side, bricks and mortar have been replaced with worry and disappointment.

Chicago Tribune
Motor Row’s road to recovery: Chicago’s forgotten auto corridor revs up again  Chicago Sun-Times

By its peak in the 1920s, Motor Row, the stretch of Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Road to 26th Street, was lined with lavish terra-cotta “palaces."

Chicago Sun-Times
Here’s everything that’s closed due to Chicago’s dangerous cold snap  Chicago Sun-Times

Many schools, universities and cultural attractions have already announced closures for Wednesday and Thursday.

Chicago Sun-Times
'If you don’t have to be outside, don’t': Chicago braces for brutal temperatures  Chicago Tribune

One of the coldest air masses in years will drop temperatures to around 23 below zero by Tuesday night, according to the National Weather *Service*, with a ...

Chicago Tribune
Blast from the past: a look at Chicago’s coldest day in 1985  Chicago Sun-Times

The day the 49ers won the Super Bowl in 1985 and President Ronald Reagan was inaugurated for his second term, Chicago had its coldest day on record.

Chicago Sun-Times
Fourth Amazon Go Store Opens in Chicago  NBC Chicago

Amazon opened its fourth automated check-out store in Chicago on Tuesday.

NBC Chicago
 

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Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. As of the 2017 census-estimate, it has a population of 2,716,450, which makes it the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, the fourth largest in North America, and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, and by 1900 Chicago was one of the five largest cities in the world. During this period, Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles (including the Chicago School of architecture), the development of the City Beautiful Movement, and the steel-framed skyscraper.Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It was the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is the largest and most diverse derivatives market in the world, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures. O'Hare International Airport is the one of the busiest airports in the world, and the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and greatest amount of railroad freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and it ranked seventh in the entire world in the 2017 Global Cities Index. Chicago has one of the highest gross metropolitan products in the world—generating over $679.69 billion in 2017. In addition, it has one of the world's most diversified and balanced economies, not being dependent on any one industry, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce.Chicago welcomed a record 58 million domestic and international visitors in 2018 making it the second most visited city in the nation after New York. The city ranked first place in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, literature, film, theater, comedy (especially improvisational comedy), food, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area's many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams.