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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Community Reporting Series

“Chicago Tonight” is expanding its community reporting. We’re hitting the streets to speak with your neighbors, local businesses, agencies and leaders about COVID-19, the economy, racial justice, education and more. See where we’ve been and what we’ve learned by using the map below. Or select a community using the drop-down menu. Points in red represent our series COVID-19 Across Chicago; blue marks our series “Chicago Tonight” in Your Neighborhood.


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