For the first time since before the pandemic, metro Chicago posted unemployment rates below 4% across three consecutive months.
The number of Chicagoans living more than a mile away from a major grocer has jumped by 63% since 2013, a WBEZ and Sun-Times analysis found.
Chicago has the highest segregation between white and Black residents of any city in America, according to data from Brown University.
A proud father of three girls — ages 25, 19 and 14 — I’d fooled myself into thinking that my job would be pretty much done once they left home and gained their footing.
Since 2010, nearly two-thirds of the people killed or wounded by gunfire in Chicago were in areas with the largest Black population loss.
The Sun-Times and WBEZ found that school officials failed to protect these welcoming schools and the $155 million invested in them over time.
Chicago closed 50 schools in 2013, saying this would help students. But our analysis shows little changed academically for the affected kids.
The mayor promised the 46 buildings left would get a second life. The Sun-Times and WBEZ visited every building and community to see what happened.
The city said the students would be better off, their new schools transformed and the closed buildings would be reborn as community assets.
Few venues catering to teens are found outside of downtown and surrounding areas. And neighborhood parks are getting even more dangerous.