The Rundown: Beyoncé is coming to Chicago

Can Ticketmaster handle it? Here’s what you need to know today.

DJ Terry Hunter's Remix of Beyonce's "BREAK MY SOUL" is nominated for a Grammy Chris Pizzello / AP
DJ Terry Hunter's Remix of Beyonce's "BREAK MY SOUL" is nominated for a Grammy Chris Pizzello / AP

The Rundown: Beyoncé is coming to Chicago

Can Ticketmaster handle it? Here’s what you need to know today.

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Hey there! The sun’s out! So let’s start off with some news that isn’t soul-crushing: Beyoncé’s upcoming world tour. Here’s what you need to know today.

1. Beyoncé is coming to Chicago this summer. Can Ticketmaster handle it?

The pop superstar today announced her long-rumored world tour is actually happening and will include a stop in Chicago on July 22 at Soldier Field.

But you better hurry if you want to score a ticket. My colleague Miriam Di Nunzio at the Chicago Sun-Times reports registration for tickets to the Chicago show is open until 10:59 p.m. tomorrow.

News of Beyoncé’s world tour comes as her Renaissance album could take home several awards at Sunday’s Grammys, including album of the year. [Chicago Sun-Times]

But will Ticketmaster be able to handle the high level of demand for the tour? That’s a question fans are asking themselves after the ticket giant had a complete meltdown last year during a presale event for Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour.

The debacle resulted in Swift canceling her ticket sale for the general public, as well as a Senate grilling of Ticketmaster officials. [AP]

Here’s one of my favorite tweets from this morning: “Beyoncé better price those tickets like someone who told people to quit their jobs last July.”

2. Willie Wilson stands by his comments that police should hunt ‘people down like rabbits’

A debate last night among all nine mayoral candidates running in the Feb. 28 election got testy on multiple fronts.

But the forum grew particularly heated when it came to businessman Willie Wilson’s repeated comments that police officers should be allowed to “hunt people down like rabbits.”

Community activist Ja’Mal Green and Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized Wilson for comparing suspects, who have not been proven guilty, to animals, especially in the aftermath of the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.

Wilson tried clarifying his stance by invoking his son Omar, who was murdered in 1995.

“We’re losing people every day that are getting killed due to crime,” Wilson said.

The debate also got heated when demonstrators interrupted Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, a self-styled progressive running with the support of the Chicago Teachers Union. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Meanwhile, public education could see dramatic changes depending on who is elected mayor. [WBEZ]

3. Brandon Johnson changes his position on drug injection sites in Chicago

The mayoral candidate is walking back his opposition to so-called safe consumption sites after receiving criticism from fellow progressives.

In a questionnaire published this week by the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ, Johnson said he did not support these sites — which are aimed at reducing overdoses — partly because they “would most likely be on the South and West sides, further burdening already struggling neighborhoods.”

Johnson, in an interview published today by the Chicago Reader, says he now supports the sites.

“Yes, I do support safe consumption sites in Chicago, and I also want to make sure that there’s some real equity with these sites,” he told the Reader. “I know I’ve mentioned this before, but my eldest brother died from untreated trauma, addicted and unhoused. I have another brother who is also struggling with addiction.” [Chicago Reader]

Elsewhere on the campaign trail, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas says he will keep campaign contributions from Deborah Quazzo — the venture capitalist who left the city’s school board after a scandal. [WBEZ]

4. The Chicago Sky is in rebuild mode

“The Sky is falling,” writes my colleague Annie Costabile at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Courtney Vandersloot, the team’s longest-tenured player, announced yesterday she will not be re-signing with the team. Her departure follows hometown legend Candace Parker, who will be joining the Las Vegas Aces.

“Vandersloot’s impact on the Chicago sports landscape is invaluable,” writes Costabile. “Without her, there is no 2021 WNBA Championship, no parade down Michigan Avenue.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times has an amazing tool tracking all the free-agent moves at the WNBA. [Chicago Sun-Times]

5. You might see a green comet whizzing by Earth tonight

If you look up at the sky tonight, you may spy with your little eye a comet known as C/2022 E3.

Between today and tomorrow, the newly discovered comet is expected to draw nearest to Earth, or 26.4 million miles to be exact. So tonight will be the best chance to see its glow without telescopes or binoculars — a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“If C/2022 E3 has ever passed through the solar system before, it would have last been seen in the sky more than 10,000 years ago,” Jon Giorgini, a senior analyst at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told NPR. [NPR]

Here’s what else is happening

  • The FBI found no classified documents during a search at President Joe Biden’s vacation home. [AP]
  • Four of the five officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols had prior violations at work. [NPR]
  • Gov. JB Pritzker announced the state’s COVID-19 disaster proclamation will end on May 11. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne was indicted in Chicago. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Oh, and one more thing …

WBEZ has a new podcast out today that celebrates Asians making a mark on American pop culture and entertainment.

It’s called Shoes Off: A Sexy Asians Podcast.

And today’s first episode features Chicago-native actor and comedian Joel Kim Booster, who talks about how Axe body spray snapped him out of his homeschooled innocence, dealing with “rice queens” and embracing his identity as a Korean adoptee. [WBEZ]

Tell me something good …

What’s something you’re working on that gives you a sense of accomplishment?

Zoe writes:

“I started taking stained glass classes at the Chicago Mosaic School in October, and this winter I’m making my own piece! I’m calling it a ‘critter quilt’ because it’s different panels with tiny creatures and insects. Emphasis on tiny — this is where the sense of accomplishment comes in.

“Although I tried to change my mind and back out of it a few times, shoutout to Casey, the amazing instructor who keeps cheering me on. I’m fully committed now, and the critters are coming to life!”

Todd writes:

“This year I became my son’s Cub Scout leader and I’ve never felt so challenged and rewarded. I stress out planning our pack activities every week, but it is so great to work with all of these little kids trying to figure out and navigate the world around them, while trying to help them develop as citizens of the world.

“I was a scout myself, and am now a leader in the same troop-which has just celebrated our 100th anniversary. I feel such a sense of accomplishment passing on the scouting ideals and this legacy to my two boys and the rest of our pack.”

Feel free to email me, and your response might be shared in the newsletter this week.