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No More After-Hours Bars In River North? Alderman Looks To Kill 5 AM Licenses As Area Struggles With Shootings

Bar owners say they're not to blame for shootings, pointing to crowds drinking on the streets and open-air drug deals on corners. “We’re short-handed and being overrun by criminals.”

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Hundreds More Black Chicagoans Are Pleading Guilty To Gun-Possession Charges. Here’s One Possible Reason Why.

As Chicago police have made more gun arrests, prosecutors are taking nearly all cases through the secretive grand jury process, where indictments are close to a sure thing.


Chicago Had 971 Shootings In First 5 Months Of The Year. Violence Is Trending Down From Pandemic Peak, But ‘Is Still Way Too High,’ Expert Says

There were fewer shootings last month compared to previous Mays, but "if we continue to tolerate the level of gun violence that we tolerate, we are going to continue to see residents leave the city," a violence expert said.


Theater Union Raises Funds For Stagehand Wounded In Downtown Shooting

Chicago Stagehands Local 2, a local union for theater workers, has launched a GoFundMe for Elmhurst resident A.J. Graziano, who was shot earlier this month while on his lunch break.


West Side Neighborhood Sees 58% Drop In Shootings Thanks To Violence Prevention Programs, Outreach Workers Say

Outreach workers are connecting with vulnerable people, offering support to reduce their risk for violence. The result: fewer shootings, advocates say.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

A Lollapalooza Loophole In Lighfoot’s Curfew To Crack Down On Crime Has Youth Asking: Who Is Downtown For?

Youth organizers are outraged a clause in the curfew crackdown would exempt teens coming home from ticketed events. And they say discouraging teens from the places they feel safe Downtown will only make violence worse.


Killing Of 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams Must Be A Wake-Up Call To End Gun Violence, Family Says: ‘It’s About Time We Take A Stand’

Jaslyn Adams and her dad were waiting at the McDonald's drive thru Sunday when someone shot them. Jaslyn was killed and her father was wounded.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Beloved Father Of 5, Union Engineer Shot In Case Of Mistaken Identity In Ravenswood Manor, Family Says

Hector Alvarez Jr. was driving home when he saw someone following him — then the shooting began. Family and friends say he was mistaken for someone else in a black Jeep as gang conflicts surge on the Northwest Side.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Rocked By Shootings, Albany Park Neighbors Stage Peace March, Vigil: ‘It Seems Like Things Are Getting Worse’

Seven people were shot in Albany Park in three days last week. Before the community could gather Sunday to mourn the victims, at least two more people were shot in the area.

Albany Park

As Gang-Related Shootings Rattle Albany Park And Ravenswood Manor, Frustrated Neighbors Grill Police

Residents submitted more than 150 questions during a Tuesday night CAPS meeting, where neighbors pressed for answers on what was being done to stop gang violence in the area.

Albany Park

Black-Owned Frame Shop Leading March Against Violence In Wicker Park

Helendora Samuels Picture Framing owners will march against violence Saturday. “This is one way we feel like we can contribute to stop the shooting," Tommy Samuels said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Loved Ones Honor Slain Teen Activist Caleb Reed: ‘I’m Going To Keep Pushing His Legacy No Matter What’

Caleb Reed, 17, was shot to death July 31 in West Ridge. He was a vocal activist prominent in the ongoing debate to remove police officers from schools.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After 9-Year-Old Killed, Fed-Up Witnesses Come Forward, Leading To Quick Arrest: ‘Without The Community, We Can’t Do Our Job’

A feud between two men whose families have known each other for nearly 50 years led to the shooting, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

In ‘Kids Lives Matter’ March, Woodlawn Youth Speak Out Against Gun Violence

Children "tired of seeing all these kids dying out here" marched down 63rd Street Friday chanting "kids lives matter" and performing dance routines.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

9-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot In Cabrini Green

The little boy is among several young children who have been victims of gun violence throughout Chicago since June.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

GoFundMe Launched For Family Of Mekhi James, Toddler Fatally Shot In Austin

James was shot and killed June 20 in Austin, the youngest victim in that weekend's gun violence.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Want To Stop The Violence This July 4 Weekend? Get Grant Money From My Block, My Hood, My City To Keep Your Community Safe

Community activists across neighborhoods came together to create the Hit The Hood peace initiative. Here's how you can volunteer to help.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicagoans DO Protest Gun Violence And Organize For Safer Neighborhoods All The Time. Here’s How

“If you want to reduce violence, you just got to pretty much show up. You got to show up. And if you're not willing to walk into a nonprofit and say, 'How can I help?,' you're probably part of the problem."


After 3 Shootings Near Pilsen School, Neighbors Tell Leaders They’re Fed Up: ‘What Is Being Done Right Now?’

“Parts of 18th Street have been gentrified," one neighbor said, but violence continues to plague some blocks as it did 30 years ago.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards