Stories by Dan Lambert

A rendering of a White Sox stadium at The 78 site with additional development. (Credit: Related Midwest)

Developer Releases Renderings Showing New Riverfront White Sox Stadium at The 78

In the renderings released Thursday night by developer Related Midwest, the new ballpark is pictured along with surrounding new buildings.

(Ryne Sandberg via Instagram)

Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs Great and Hall of Famer, Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Ryne Sandberg, a Chicago Cubs legend and Hall of Famer, announced that he is battling metastatic prostate cancer.

Frank Thomas in a photo he posted to X on Dec. 29, 2023. (Credit: @TheBigHurt_35 / X)

White Sox Legend Frank Thomas Wants You to Know He’s Still Very Much Alive, Despite 2023 Notable Deaths Blunder

A Fox News mistake misidentified White Sox legend Frank Thomas as among the notable people who died in 2023. 

Calumet Fisheries, 3259 E. 95th St., was damaged by a fire on Nov. 21, 2023. (Chicago Fire Department)

Calumet Fisheries Suffers ‘Extensive’ Fire Damage Days After Reopening

Calumet Fisheries, the iconic South Side seafood restaurant, caught fire Tuesday afternoon and suffered “extensive” damage.

Guaranteed Rate Field is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

2 Women Shot During White Sox Game at Guaranteed Rate Field

Chicago police responded to a “shooting incident” at Guaranteed Rate Field Friday night, a police spokesman confirmed.

Federal prosecutors say Robin Lee Reierson, of Schiller Park, has been identified as this man pictured at the Capitol Insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021. (Credit: FBI)

Schiller Park Man Charged in Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection; Prosecutors Say He Attempted to Grab an Officer’s Baton

Robin Lee Reierson, 68, of Schiller Park, is charged with civil disorder and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers, both felony crimes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The Bean” is pictured in Millennium Park in Aug. 2023. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Access to ‘The Bean’ in Millennium Park Will Be Limited for Months Due to Construction Repairs

Starting this Tuesday and continuing through the spring of 2024, construction will be taking place in Grainger Plaza, the area of Millennium Park that houses the more formally named “Cloud Gate.”

DJ Casper of “Cha-Cha Slide” fame. (Chicago Tonight)

DJ Casper, Chicago-Born Creator of the Enduring ‘Cha-Cha Slide,’ Dead at 58

DJ Casper, the South Side native who created the enduring party classic “Cha-Cha Slide,” has died. He was 58.

(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Chicago Will Host the 2024 Democratic National Convention

Chicago will host the 2024 Democratic National Convention, putting the city and its leaders at the center of the national political spotlight next summer. 

One firefighter died after battling a fire in the 12000 block of South Wallace Street on April 4, 2023. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Chicago Firefighter Dies After Battling West Pullman Blaze

One Chicago firefighter died and two others were injured after battling a multi-home fire in West Pullman early Tuesday morning. 

U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García appears on Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 22, 2022. (WTTW News)

U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García Announces Death of 28-Year-Old Daughter

U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García Tuesday morning announced that his 28-year-old daughter has died. 

A fire broke out on the 15th floor of a Kenwood high-rise building on Jan. 25, 2023. (Chicago Fire Department)

1 Dead, Multiple People Injured in Kenwood High-Rise Fire That Climbed Vertically

One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a fire broke out on the 15th floor of a Kenwood high-rise building Wednesday morning.

Lin Brehmer is pictured in a 2012 file photo. (WTTW News)

Lin Brehmer, Longtime WXRT Host and Chicago’s ‘Best Friend in the Whole World,’ Dies at 68

Lin Brehmer, a stalwart of Chicago rock radio known for his poetic reflections on life and pop culture, has died. He was 68. 

Ald. Roderick Sawyer appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom following his announcement that he is entering Chicago’s mayoral race. (WTTW News)

Ald. Roderick Sawyer Keeps Spot on Mayoral Ballot After Challenge Brought by Willie Wilson Campaign Dropped

Former state Sen. Rickey Hendon, a consultant to candidate Willie Wilson, challenged the 6th Ward alderman’s petitions earlier this month. 

Soldier Field. (WTTW News)

Chicago Bears Inch Closer to Arlington Heights Move as New Stadium Plans Set to be Unveiled

The Bears announced “an informational community meeting” will be held Sept. 8 during which the team’s potential purchase and redevelopment of the former Arlington International Racecourse will be discussed.

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Car Found in ‘Horrific’ Crash That Killed 3 Men, Injured 1 in South Shore; Police Searching for Driver

The car involved in the crash has been recovered. Now the search is on for the driver in what appears to be an intentional act that took place Sunday outside South Shore’s Jeffery Pub, police said.

Bud Billiken Parade. (Credit: Enjoy Illinois)

8 Things to Do This Weekend: Aug.11-15

Blues, retro music, farm animals and a Chicago tradition usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

A silver carp captured in June 2017 below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam is pictured. (Courtesy Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

Invasive Carp Captured in Lake Calumet, Just 7 Miles from Lake Michigan

Officials say the invasive carp’s presence does not necessarily mean there is a reproducing population of the species in the area, which is located above electric dispersal barriers. The fish captured Thursday was more than 38 inches long and weighed about 22 pounds. 

This electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, from a human skin sample associated with a 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery / CDC)

Gov. Pritzker Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency in Illinois; State Marks 520 Cases

By declaring the state a disaster area for the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health will be able to more quickly coordinate the agency’s response to the spread of the virus and distribute vaccines more efficiently, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Officer Shot Sunday During Traffic Stop in Englewood

A Chicago police officer was shot and wounded Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop in the Englewood neighborhood, according to police. That marks second officer from the same police district to be shot in the last week. 

A view looking north from the Field Museum in Chicago captured at 8:25 a.m. Jan. 23, 2022, by a National Weather Service camera. (Courtesy of National Weather Service.)

After Weekend Snowfall, Forecast Calls for Another 2 to 3 Inches During Monday Morning Commute

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, snowfall totals measured 3.6 inches at Midway Airport, 3.5 inches at O’Hare Airport and 2.8 inches in Romeoville, according to the National Weather Service. Another round of snow is expected Monday morning.