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Shamus Toomey

Publisher, Co-Founder

Block Club Chicago Is Now Older Than DNAinfo Chicago

When the owner of DNAinfo shut our newsroom down in 2017, things looked bleak. But you convinced us you still needed neighborhood news — and that you'd support it.


Guns N’ Roses In Chicago: Their Wild, Drunken, Lost Summer On Clark Street

For two months in 1989, the band booked a studio above the Metro and rented condos nearby as they tried to work on their next album. They didn't get much work done, though.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

All Illinois Bars And Restaurants To Be Closed For In-Person Dining Amid Coronavirus Spread, Gov. JB Pritzker Orders

The closures will begin Monday and last at least through March 30. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois increased by 27 Sunday to 93.


‘He Has 8 Holes In Him’: Manhunt Ends As Police Arrest Man They Say Shot A Cop In Englewood And A Woman Near The Loop

Michael Blackman, found hiding in weeds after police found a video of him running into a vacant lot, fired on officers and was shot multiple times, investigators said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

City’s Plan To Fix Water Mains And Save Trees Cheered By Aldermen. Could Fixing Lead Pipes Be Next?

Ald. Brian Hopkins, who co-sponsored an ordinance to force the city to try "cured-in-place pipe" liners in existing mains, said perhaps some day it could ease the city's lead pipe issues.


Under Fire From Residents, Chicago Water Dept. Does About-Face On Tree-Saving Water Main Repair Technology

BLOCK CLUB EXCLUSIVE: After shelving an earlier try at "cured-in-place pipe," the city announced pilot programs to test lining existing water mains with resin sleeves to avoid cutting down trees.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Target Who? Mayor Lavishes Praise On Old Navy’s ‘Values’ For Coming To South Side, Tells Chicago To Shop There

Seething over Target's plans to close two South Side locations, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: "I know where the Emanuel family will be going."

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

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