Stories by Quinn Myers

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Bridgeport

The White Sox home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field was a rainy affair on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (WTTW News)

For the first time since 2019, fans are back at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox in person. As part of our community reporting series, we visit the area to see how fans are settling in — and how the area is faring one year into the pandemic.

As Vaccine Eligibility Expands In Illinois, Equity Hurdles Remain

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In recent months, the percentage of Black and Latino Chicagoans who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine has increased significantly, in part through the city’s priority zip code program. But hurdles remain in getting shots to every community, especially as COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise.

New COVID-19 Wave Could Threaten Tourism Comeback

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The CDC says fully vaccinated people can now travel safely, but what does a new COVID-19 surge mean for the summer vacation season? 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Wrigleyville

The Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

The Cubs may have lost their 2021 home opener, but fans consider it a win. For the first time since 2019, some 10,000 people were able to watch the game inside of Wrigley Field. We have this look at all things opening day as part of our community reporting series.

Box Boom: Record 2020 Leads to Lingering Fallout for Corrugated Packaging Industry

Unlike plastic, corrugated cardboard is highly recyclable. The Fibre Box Association says the industry’s recovery rate hovers around 90%. (WTTW News)

The pandemic has led to a surge in demand for all kinds of shipping materials — especially corrugated boxes, commonly used for e-commerce items and many other goods. We explore how the “box boom” is being felt across the region.

How Chicago’s Faith Communities Are Preparing for Passover and Easter During the Pandemic – Again

St. Columbanus Catholic Church is offering a hybrid option for parishioners this Holy Week and Easter. (WTTW News)

For the second year in a row, Chicago’s Jewish and Christian communities are preparing to celebrate Passover and Easter amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, that means coming together with friends and loved ones over Zoom. For others, it will be a mix of online worship and in-person celebration.

Ask Geoffrey: GAR Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

(Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum)

A piece of Civil War history is being restored in one of Chicago’s most well-known public buildings. But what was it doing there in the first place? Geoffrey Baer has the answer.

Dr. Allison Arwady on Updated Vaccine Timelines in Chicago and Illinois

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 11, 2020. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s top doctor explains what the state’s latest vaccine announcement means for Chicago residents.

Cook County’s Dr. Rachel Rubin on the Vaccine Rollout in Chicago’s Suburbs

The city is expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines. (WTTW News)

Chicago is pushing ahead with plans to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and President Joe Biden has asked states to make all adults vaccine-eligible by May 1. But local governments say further expansion is entirely dependent on vaccine supply.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza on What the COVID-19 Stimulus Means for Illinois

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (WTTW News)

Echoing statements made by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the state’s comptroller says stimulus funds will first go toward paying back the billions Illinois borrowed from the Federal Reserve early in the pandemic last year.

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Old Passenger Rail Stations

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Chicago’s old passenger railroad stations for decades acted as the city’s front door, where people from all over the country arrived seeking out a better life – or just the thrills of the big city. Geoffrey Baer takes us back to the golden age of rail travel.

After a Record 2020, Chicago Bike Shops and Cycling Groups Gear Up for Another Busy Season

Members of the Chicago chapter of Black Girls Do Bike. (WTTW News)

Chicago bike shops say they’ve never experienced anything quite like 2020. Sales skyrocketed as the pandemic forced more and more people to exercise and commute outdoors. But the surge in demand, on top of supply chain issues, led to lingering shortages still being felt in Chicago’s cycling community. 

Ask Geoffrey: The Hawthorn Mellody Dairy Farm

What does a 20th century electricity baron have to do with a spitting llama at a suburban petting zoo? Geoffrey Baer is here with the story of the Hawthorn Mellody dairy farm in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

Dr. Arwady: Chicago May See J&J Vaccine ‘As Soon as Next Week’

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Chicago could start receiving Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in early March, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Wednesday.

Biden, Democrats Push to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15

Labor activists join some public officials downtown for a rally in support of raising the minimum wage in August 2019. (WTTW News)

The latest COVID-19 relief bill could come up for a vote in Congress as early as next week, but a key Democratic priority might be on the chopping block. We explore the potential impact of raising the minimum wage.

Ask Geoffrey: Snow, Snow, Snow

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A collective groan may or may not have been heard around Chicago when the city awoke to find it was snowing — again. Geoffrey Baer explains how this recent blast of snowy weather stacks up against Chicago’s most infamous winter storms.

Study: Few US Capitol Rioters Had Ties to Right-Wing Groups

A mob breaches the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (WTTW News via CNN)

The impeachment trial is over, but hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 are still facing criminal charges. We discuss the implications of new research showing some surprising findings on the identities and backgrounds of those rioters.

Ask Geoffrey: The Schwinn Bicycle Company

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Bicycle sales in Chicago have surged over the past year as the pandemic has forced more and more people outside for exercise and recreation. But it’s hardly the city’s first “bike boom.” Geoffrey Baer takes us back to when Chicago was called “the Detroit of bicycles.” 

Ask Geoffrey: The Sears Sunken Garden

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Geoffrey Baer explores the past, present and future of a historic West Side garden in North Lawndale.

At Humboldt Park’s Mercado del Pueblo, Culture and Business Go Hand in Hand

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The neighborhood has long been the epicenter of the city’s Puerto Rican community, but in recent years, fears of gentrification and displacement have grown — and in some cases, become reality. A new business incubator hopes to help change that. 

Lightfoot on CTU Deal: ‘We Would Have Expected By Now To Make a Lot More Progress’

As of Thursday night, a deal to get teachers back in school remained elusive. “We would have expected by now to make a lot more progress,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Toi Hutchinson on Illinois’ First Year of Legal Pot, Equity Challenges

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It’s been one year since recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior adviser for cannabis control talks about how Illinois aims to expand access to marijuana dispensary licenses after intense criticism from equity advocates. 

After Summer Unrest and COVID-19 Shutdowns, Chicago’s Loop is Down — But Not Out

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The Loop has been eerily quiet over the past year. COVID-19 has forced thousands of downtown office workers to stay home, while performing arts venues have retreated into hibernation. But many of the Loop’s small businesses and cultural institutions are still kicking. 

What Biden’s Immigration Plan Could Mean for Chicago

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President Joe Biden is expected to announce legislation this week that would overhaul the country’s immigration laws. The plan comes after a chaotic four years for immigration activists and lawyers under the Trump administration.

The Growing Problem of Poverty in the Suburbs

A still image taken from “Firsthand: Living in Poverty.” (WTTW)

Poverty is not just an urban issue. We speak with Lake County resident Gary Ladehoff, who is featured in WTTW’s new documentary series “Firsthand: Living in Poverty,” and Maggie Morales of the Lake County Community Foundation.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Lawndale

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North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side has faced challenges of economic depression, unemployment and violence for many years, all before the pandemic exacerbated those issues last spring.