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Basketball Standout Norvell Meadows Inspired His West Side Neighborhood. Last Month, He Was Killed Outside His Childhood Home

Meadows, an All-City guard, recently become a father, with hopes of using basketball to go back to college.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As Support Floods Into Highland Park, Chicagoans Facing Daily Violence Wonder: What About Us?

The July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park shocked the country. In Chicago, there can be multiple mass shootings in one month. “The trauma is real everywhere.”

Citywide

Billy Russo Dreamed In Venezuela Of Joining The White Sox. He Found A Place In Chicago As Their Translator

Russo, a former sports writer from Venezuela, convinced his editors to send him to Chicago. He's stuck around as the White Sox's official translator.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

You Can Honor Slain Police Officer Thor Soderberg With Small Acts Of Kindness Thursday, Widow Says

Soderberg was killed July 7, 2010, in Englewood. His family remembers him by encouraging people to be kind to others on the anniversary of his death.

Citywide

Off-Duty Chicago Police Sergeant Pinned 14-Year-Old Boy Against Sidewalk, Family And Lawyers Say

"This boy had done nothing wrong. He had committed no crime. He wasn't armed. He wasn't aggressive. He had not resisted with anybody."

Citywide

North Avenue Beach Lifeguards Say They’re ‘Overworked’ As Park District Partially Closes It To Move Guards To Pools

Beachgoers said they've noticed fewer lifeguards, bigger crowds and deteriorating conditions at North Avenue Beach.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Meet Kalani Han, The Super Stylish Mailman Delighting Northwest Side Neighbors

Han, who joined the U.S. Postal Service in November, said his polished look is inspired by the Americana of mid-century mail carriers.

Albany Park

CTA Trains Get A Retro Makeover As Agency Celebrates Its 75th Birthday

Notice a CTA car that looks a little old? Some have gotten special wrappings to make them look vintage, part of the CTA's birthday celebration.

Citywide

My Block, My Hood, My City Bringing Back Popular Youth-Led Community Walks — This Time Focused On Civil Rights Movement

Stops on the tours will include the home and church where Martin Luther King Jr. lived and preached while he organized in Chicago in the '60s.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘Walking Man’ Doing Better, Now In Fair Condition

The condition of local legend Joseph "Walking Man" Kromelis has been steadily improving after someone lit him on fire in May.

Downtown

Google Could Buy Thompson Center, Report Says

It's the latest twist for the famed building, which opened in 1985 and has been used for governmental offices — but which has faced costly infrastructure issues.

Downtown

Learn How To Ride And Access Adaptive Bikes At 6 Free Workshops

The sessions will show bicyclists with disabilities how to access tandem bikes, hand cycles and recumbent trikes in Chicago.

Citywide

Some Beaches To Close, Half Of City’s Pools To Open July 5 As Park District Shuffles Short-Staffed Lifeguards

Just 37 pools across the city will open on July 5, while some beaches will see closures as the Park District struggles with staffing lifeguards.

Citywide

Many Business Owners Relieved, Others Skeptical As Private Security Begins In Beverly, Mount Greenwood

Unarmed guards started patrolling commercial strips on the Southwest Side as part of a pilot program last week. The move is partly in response to local entrepreneurs' concerns about a rise in crime.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

An NBA Barber Built A ‘Safe Zone’ Court For Kids. Now He Needs Help Replacing Stolen Rims

Terrance "Razor Red" Wills, a local barber to hundreds of NBA players, said he uses generous tips from stars to run a youth basketball tournament. Burglars stole the rims Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Ald. Tunney ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Pride Parade Security, Wants More Officers, He Tells Top Cop

Ald. Tom Tunney asked Supt. David Brown for more officers at Sunday's Pride Parade, which he said could be the largest in Chicago history.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Chicago’s Lifeguard Shortage Fueled By Low Pay, Confusion, Lack Of Resources On South Side, Parents And Hopefuls Say

Parents and organizers say Chicago Park District's failure to support youth swimming programs and disorganization has led to the city's inability to recruit enough lifeguards during a nationwide shortage.

Citywide

Citing ‘Troubling’ Police Shortages, O’Shea Brings Private Security To Beverly, Mount Greenwood

The private security guards will patrol commercial strips in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, Ald. Matthew O'Shea said.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

World Refugee Day With Cuisine From All Over The Globe Coming Saturday To Pottawattomie Park

The event will feature a solidarity march, a free picnic, musical performances and more.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Friends And Fans Of Cynthia Plaster Caster To Celebrate Late Artist’s Life With ‘Thanks, Doll’ Metro Concert

Cynthia Albritton, known as Cynthia Plaster Caster, was famous for casting the private parts of rock stars. There will be a musical celebration of her life in July at the Metro.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
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