COVID-19 Across Chicago: Where We’ve Been, What We Learned


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, WTTW News has visited 42 of Chicago’s 77 community areas, as well as 12 suburbs, cities and towns in Illinois.

Interactive: Explore our series, COVID-19 Across Chicago.

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We didn’t stop there.

We’ve also covered five states to tell this story. In addition to Illinois, we visited Milwaukee and Kenosha in Wisconsin; Gary, Indiana; Davenport, Iowa, and the rest of the Quad Cities; and St. Joseph, Michigan.

Our news reporters and producers have spoken with business owners, residents, social services organizations, elected officials and many others about how the coronavirus has impacted life on a hyperlocal level.

Throughout our reporting, one overarching theme emerged: COVID-19 and the recent civil unrest over police brutality has brought into sharp focus the structural inequities and the disinvestment that has existed across Chicago for generations.

Video: Paris Schutz on his biggest takeaways from reporting in a different community every day during COVID-19.

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Covid Across Chicago

How is the novel coronavirus impacting local businesses, residents and social service agencies across the city and region? And how are local leaders handling the crisis? We hit the streets to answer those questions and more in our ongoing reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. See where we’ve been and what we’ve discovered in this overview. Listed is the official Chicago community area with the neighborhood in parenthesis where appropriate.


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