Stories by Marissa Nelson

Mercy Hospital’s Plans to Close Resurface Concerns on South Side

Mercy Hospital (WTTW News)

Mercy Hospital announced plans to shut its doors by June 2021. Now, concerns of a health care desert on the South Side are resurfacing as residents prepare to find new providers.

Chicago Fair Housing Advocates Criticize Rollback in Regulations

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Last month, the Trump administration announced it would end an Obama-era housing rule meant to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs. How that rollback could affect housing in the Chicago area.

PBS Career Exploration Documentary Series Features Chicago-area Native

Final episode showcases Chicago workforce organization

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Chicago is the last stop on PBS’ four-part career exploration documentary series: “Roadtrip Nation: To Be Determined.” We talk with one of the road trippers, who’s a Chicago native, and a CEO of a workforce development program.

With Beaches Closed, Experts Warn of Increased Risk for Drowning

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As temperatures soar, you might be tempted to jump into Lake Michigan. But with Chicago beaches closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, water safety advocates say there’s an increased risk of drowning. 

‘It’s Affecting Everyday Live’: Community Leaders Respond to Gun Violence

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A mass shooting injures at least 15 people outside a funeral home in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. How community leaders are responding to the gun violence crisis.

Chicago’s Cultural Institutions Reopen With New Restrictions

The Shedd Aquarium opened on July 1 at 25% capacity and with timed-entry tickets. (Courtesy Shedd Aquarium)

Chicago’s cultural institutions are beginning to reopen after shutting their doors in mid-March as the coronavirus spread. What you can expect on your next trip.

Summer Amusements: Coronavirus-Related Changes to Water Parks, Carnivals


As theme parks across the country begin reopening, how are Chicago attractions faring?

Breaking the Cycle: Addressing Trauma to Curb Gun Violence in Chicago

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While the Chicago Police Department is increasing its community policing efforts, a new behavioral health task force on the West Side is convening to address trauma as a root cause of violence.