Since no one program could contain every beautiful place in town, its high time for the sequel. “The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago 2” debuted Monday on WTTW.
Stories by Andrea Guthmann
Dec 4, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Retailers Cheer Increased Holiday Spending This Year as Legos, Hot Wheels and Barbies Likely Big Toy Winners
Nov 27, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Much of the country was back at work Monday after the long holiday weekend. But along with whatever else they were doing at their job, there’s a good chance they were doing something else ... shopping.
Oct 23, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
The rise in opioid deaths is largely due to the increase in synthetic opioids like fentanyl, says law enforcement officials.
From Dwindling Audiences to Increased Costs, Report Spotlights a Crisis for Chicago’s Theater Community
Oct 9, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Live theatre attendance in Chicago has dropped by 60% in the last four years, according to a recent report commissioned by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events contains alarming data.
Oct 2, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, a Republican, says the battle over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is an example of where the national Republican Party is right now.
As Delta-8 Cannabis Products Gain Popularity, Chicago and Illinois Officials Debate How to Best Regulate the Substance
Sep 20, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Products made from delta-8 promise to deliver a milder marijuana-like high. But unlike marijuana, which is strictly regulated and can only be sold in licensed dispensaries, delta-8 can be sold in convenience stores and cafes, and there are no age minimums for purchase.
Sep 11, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
After three decades and several mayors pressuring Springfield, Chicago’s first casino officially opened its doors on Saturday. Hopes are high for a big economic boost.
Examining the Chicago Police Department’s Progress on the Consent Decree Almost 5 Years Into the Process
Aug 28, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
The court-mandated oversight was prompted by the 2014 murder of teenager Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. Almost five years later, the department is in full compliance with just over 5% of the requirements.
Aug 21, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
There’s been an increase in carjackings nationwide, but Chicago is reporting more incidents than any other city in the U.S.
Aug 14, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Public transit and amenities like theaters, parks, libraries and grocery stores make neighborhoods more livable and appealing. But do they actually make them safer?
Aug 1, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
The city, state and federal governments have allocated millions in funding for anti-violence programs — ones that hire local residents at high risk of being shot or shooting others.
Jul 24, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Recent data shows that the murder rate in the U.S. is experiencing one of the largest decreases ever. Yet that good news doesn’t always make the headlines. Instead, mainstream media is often accused of furthering a narrative about rampant crime.
Jul 18, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Research shows a correlation between youth unemployment and crime. Mayor Brandon Johnson has made teen employment a public safety priority. He’s pledged to double the number of jobs in the city’s youth employment program.
Jul 10, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Exposure to violence is traumatic for everyone involved and can cause both immediate and long-term psychological damage. That damage can lead to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep and substance abuse disorders and even suicide.
Jul 3, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Since the mass shooting at last year’s Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois has moved swiftly on gun control measures. The most controversial has been the ban on so-called assault weapons.
After Surgeon General’s Mental Health Warning, Chicago-Area Author Provides Tips on How Teens Can Safely Use Social Media
Jun 5, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently issued a warning that social media presents a “profound risk of harm” to kids’ mental health. He’s calling on families to set limits on social media use and for lawmakers to issue tougher standards on technology platforms to protect kids.
May 30, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
An audit by Inspector General Deborah Witzburg reveals the Chicago Police Department has allowed more than 100 officers who filed false reports to stay on the job. Some were even promoted after being found to have lied.
Mar 21, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, led Chicago’s effort to fight the deadly virus. On this third anniversary of the pandemic, Arwady reflects on lessons learned and whether she would have done anything differently.
Mar 14, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Grant Park could potentially be closed to the public for 40 days for July's NASCAR Chicago Street Race, including event setup and teardown. That's just one of many events blocking free access to the park this summer.
Mar 6, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Crime has dominated much of the local and national media coverage around Chicago’s mayoral election. But environmental justice activists contend that environmental issues also have a significant impact on quality of life for residents.
Feb 27, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Each of Chicago’s 22 police districts will now have a three-person civilian oversight council made up of people from that community.
Feb 13, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Thousands of restrictive laws govern people who have been released from prison in the United States, making it difficult for them to find housing, employment and to restart life after they have done their time.
Jan 9, 2023 | Andrea Guthmann
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a prominent developer are trying to sell the team on some dazzling new changes to Soldier Field in a Hail Mary attempt to keep the team in Chicago.
Dec 19, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
On Monday, President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to cut homelessness by 25% by 2025. While the president is promising federal aid to help solve the crisis, advocates for the homeless argue there are local strategies that must be implemented as well.
New U. of C. Report Finds Federal Judges Jailing Defendants Awaiting Trial at Increasingly High Rates
Dec 12, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
A new report from the University of Chicago Law School’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic shows that locking up pretrial defendants has become the norm in federal court, rather than the exception, as required by law.
Nov 28, 2022 | Andrea Guthmann
Online shopping hit record levels last Friday, despite consumers’ concerns about the economy being at the highest level since the 2008 Great Recession.