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USMNT defeats Iran to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup

The United States men’s national team defeated Iran 1-0 in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday in their final Group B match to advance to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup. → Read More

Airline returns lost custom wheelchair to physically disabled woman after multiple delays

CHICAGO — After a family vacation, Shannon O’Brien’s flight arrived at O’Hare International Airport, but her customized wheelchair was not on board and for days, she was unable to drive her vehicle, go to work or leave her bed. After multiple delays, O’Brien finally got her customized wheelchair back Monday around 9 p.m. — and […] → Read More

Local makers set up shop for Small Business Saturday in Ravenswood

CHICAGO — On Small Business Saturday in Ravenswood, the Holly Jolley Trolley helped shoppers get around to local mom-and-pop shops. It helped shoppers, like Andrea Findley, get to some of the best spots, including a market with more than a hundred local artisans. “Oh this is wonderful,” Findley said. “This is why I live here, […] → Read More

Chicago U.S. soccer fans excited for England match

CHICAGO — A Navy Pier watch party is being held for excited U.S. soccer fans against England Friday in the World Cup. Many fans arrived early on Black Friday to view the game in the ballroom at Navy Pier. Team USA drew with Wales 1-1 and are underdogs against heavily-favored England. “We’re excited to see […] → Read More

Signs suggest severe flu season may strike soon

CHICAGO — A group of doctors and health department officials fear a severe influenza season will strike the U.S. in the coming months, and are urging families to get the vaccine. In a press release, the group stated the Southern Hemisphere showed a very severe flu season on top of already crowded pediatric hospitals due […] → Read More

Englewood Whole Foods set to close Sunday, what’s next for the building?

CHICAGO — In an area that is already viewed as a food desert, a grocery story on the City’s South Side is set to close Sunday. The Whole Foods supermarket in Englewood is one of two grocery store chains serving the neighborhood and once it is gone, Aldi’s on West 63rd Street will be the […] → Read More

PHOTOS: High winds cause damage across Chicagoland

ELK GROVE, Ill. — Strong winds caused damage, outages and flight delays and cancellations across Northern Illinois Saturday. In Elk Grove, strong winds pulled the roof off of Willow Crossing Apartments, leading to dozens of people being evacuated from the building. Elsewhere across Chicagoland, power poles came down and trees were uprooted onto cars because […] → Read More

Gloomy Halloween conditions put a wrench in travel plans around Chicago

CHICAGO — Gloomy and dreary weather added to the Halloween vibe Monday, as the fitting conditions also caused problems at local airports. Earlier in the day, dense fog around Midway and O’Hare International Airports led to more than 140 flights being cancelled or delayed, putting a wrench in travel plans all across the Chicagoland area. […] → Read More

Diners flock to Tavern on Rush as moved-up closing date nears

Loyal customers say they were disheartened to learn the end was coming much sooner than expected. → Read More

Honor Flight Chicago sends more than 100 veterans to Washington, D.C. for final trip of season

The 113 veterans returned to Chicago after spending a day in Washington, D.C. → Read More

Police standoff in Oak Park ends after 18 hours; no injuries reported

Traffic is being re-routed around the area. → Read More

Near North Side tavern hosts event to raise money for CPD bulletproof vests

CHICAGO — A Near North Side bar held a fundraiser Wednesday evening that aimed to help raise money to provide Chicago police officers with bulletproof vests. The ‘Get Behind the Vest’ fundraiser thrown by Pippin’s Tavern was held in partnership with 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and committeeman Tim Egan. Started in 2014 by the […] → Read More

‘Land Back!’: Lincoln statue defaced on North Side

CHICAGO — An Abraham Lincoln statue was defaced Monday inside Lincoln Park. “Abraham Lincoln: The Man” statue, located within Lincoln Park in the 2000 block of Lincoln Park West, was installed on 1887. According to a press release, an “of resistors of colonial violence attacked” the statue. Red paint is dripping down from Lincoln’s shoulders […] → Read More

Chinatown residents and community leaders rally against crime

CHICAGO — Community leaders in Chinatown are calling for action after recent violence in the neighborhood has residents feeling unsafe. “We want safety for our community,” said Martino Tangkr. That was the message from a group of community members who gathered in Chinatown Saturday. Earlier this week, a Chinatown man shot a suspected burglar in […] → Read More

Growing giant gourds is an award-winning pastime for Wheaton man

The five largest gourds in Adkins’ harvest are displayed in front of his house. → Read More

Northwest suburban church moves forward, but seeks answers for hateful vandalism

WONDER LAKE, Ill. — A northwest suburban church is looking for answers after hate speech and symbols were spraypainted on church property. Nativity Lutheran Church Pastor Susie Hill said the mixture of messages included racial slurs, a swastika, and more painted on the sign in front of the church and alongside the building itself. “We […] → Read More

CPD: Man accused of impersonating a police officer

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is warning residents in the 1st and 22nd Districts of a recently reported police impersonator. CPD said in each incident, the offender has announced he is a Chicago police officer or sergeant and was dressed to pass as such by wearing Chicago police apparel. Police also said he has […] → Read More

Woman robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight shocks Lakeview residents

A neighbor’s ring doorbell camera captured the armed robbery. → Read More

local church leaders, community members gather in support of abortion rights at Lakeview church

CHICAGO — Locals gathered in Lakeview Sunday to stand in support of abortion rights. The abortion rights rally took place at Second Unitarian Church on Barry Avenue where religious leaders from area churches joined community members to stand up and speak out in support of a woman’s right to choose. The rally was prompted by […] → Read More

Chicagoans come together for ‘Money for Mongo’ Fundraiser

CHICAGO — Bears fans and wrestling fans gathered Saturday to help support Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael as he continues his fight against A.L.S. Several wrestling legends took to the ring Saturday to share stories and fond memories of McMichael, including Ric Flair, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett. “I really believe we have to look out for […] → Read More