Stories by Marie Mendoza
The term ‘Chicagoland’ is often associated with car commercials and TV weather reports. But its origins go back nearly 100 years.
Here are our top 9 recommendations after a weeklong, citywide taste test of pizza joints in the city.
Since the 1890s, drag has been a fixture of Chicago’s nightlife and entertainment scene. The legacy of diversity, experimentation and community carries on today.
Anti-violence worker Cecilia Mannion confronts her desire for revenge after the car her kids are riding in is shot up 20 times.
A 14-year-old boy whose father was wounded in a gang shooting faces down threats of violence and the temptations of joining a gang.
When a 7-year-old is murdered, her father faces judgment for gang ties that put her at risk. His gang turns on him when he helps police.
A lack of money means a worker who recently negotiated peace after a triple shooting is facing a potential layoff.
A teenaged boy is threatened by a rival gang inside a Chicago grocery store and finds himself holding a gun to his best friend’s chest.
Former gang members are out on Chicago’s streets trying to slow the relentless violence. A man shot 11 times hides with his kids at home.
Chicago gangs: Real people. Real stories. A way forward. The newest season of WBEZ’s ‘Motive’