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The Roseland neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

The COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown has hit hard in Chicago communities that have historically suffered from disinvestment and crime, including the Far South Side communities of Roseland and Pullman.

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Ald. Anthony Beale appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (WTTW News)

Over the past year, the 9th Ward alderman has emerged as a staunch critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Now, he says Lightfoot has downplayed the negative impact the pandemic is having on the city’s budget.

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(WTTW News)

Chicago’s Roseland Community Hospital has been on the front lines of the pandemic. But it wasn’t included in Illinois’ recent distribution of remdesivir, a move that’s angered hospital officials.

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A COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility in Humboldt Park. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city would partner with a charity founded by Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, fueled by a grant from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, in an effort to conduct 10,000 tests per day in Chicago.

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In 2015, Pullman was designated Illinois’ first national monument. The Far South Side neighborhood scored another victory with the Amateur Athletic Union. And a 40-acre Amazon warehouse may be on the horizon.

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(Courtesy of The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival)

Jack-o’-lanterns, historic homes, cured meats and elite runners usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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A training program and manufacturing plant are not only providing high-demand plastic products, but giving community residents hands-on experience in specialized jobs that are the future of manufacturing.

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Lake Michigan’s first floating water park features a floating trampoline and slides. (Courtesy of Wibit Sports)

Lake Michigan’s first floating water park, street festivals, the NHL draft and the annual Pride Parade. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Street festivals, vintage sales, funny femmes and plenty of tacos usher in Father’s Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

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Geoffrey Baer explores an eccentric architect’s wacky proposal for the World’s Fair.

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(Roman Boed / Flickr)

Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of Chicago’s water and answers viewer questions about ghostly paper images haunting a South Side neighborhood and memories of a space-themed park.

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An artist’s rendering of Pullman Artspace Lofts, a mixed-use housing development slated for construction in historic Pullman. (PullmanArts)

Plans to build an affordable, mixed-use housing development in historic Pullman are under fire from a small group of community members.

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 22-25

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Sound the horns: The 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns to the neighborhood this weekend. (Marc Monaghan / Flickr)

Chicago Gourmet returns with Rick Bayless at the helm, the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest offers a weekend soundtrack and the National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th Day of the Dead exhibition. Those events and more in this weekend's roundup.

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St. Augustine, Florida

Geoffrey Baer visits 10 American towns in the final installment of the "10 That Changed America" series, airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday night on WTTW.

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An enormous rooftop greenhouse on Chicago's South Side is growing crops year-round and providing the area with much-needed local produce. Joining us to talk about Gotham Greens' growing power is co-founder and CEO, Viraj Puri. 

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At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.