Stories by Paris Schutz

COVID-19 Across Chicago: St. Joseph, Michigan

A scene from St. Joseph, Michigan, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (WTTW News)

Summer in Chicago means escaping to some of the beach towns around Lake Michigan. But how has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted those areas that rely on tourist dollars?

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Chicago Lawn

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It was the site of a 1966 race riot where Martin Luther King Jr. was attacked. Today, the Marquette Park neighborhood in the Chicago Lawn community is staring down one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the city.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Edison Park

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The far northwest side neighborhood is home to city workers, like first responders, teachers and trades workers. We visit Edison Park to see how residents, businesses and others are coping with the pandemic.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Quad Cities

Davenport, Iowa. (WTTW News)

Iowa has begun to partially reopen restaurants and other businesses, while Illinois remains mostly shut down. As part of our series, we bring you stories from both sides of the Mississippi River.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Englewood

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One of the city’s new testing sites is about to open in Englewood. It’s a community that has been hit hard by disinvestment and high rates of crime over the years.

David Brown’s ‘Moon Shot’: Less Than 300 Homicides Per Year

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks with WTTW News on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

He’s been on the job for about six weeks, taking over at a time when homicides are up slightly over 2019 and a global pandemic has shuttered businesses and caused unemployment to spike. Still, David Brown is optimistic.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Logan Square

Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood (WTTW News)

The Northwest Side neighborhood has been transformed by development in recent years, yielding dozens of trendy businesses and new homes. But the influx of wealthier residents has led to significant displacement of longtime residents.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Reflects on First 365 Days in Office

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on May 19, 2020.

Wednesday marks one year in office for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who began her tenure as a political outsider determined to uproot the old system of aldermanic control. But that all changed two months ago. 

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Kankakee

The city of Kankakee, Illinois. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is facing political pressure from some areas of the state that want to reopen sooner than Chicago. We visit Kankakee to see how residents, farmers and others are coping with the pandemic.

Environmental Fight Underscores COVID-19 Concerns in McKinley Park

MAT Asphalt in McKinley Park (WTTW News)

An environmental dispute in the Southwest Side neighborhood of McKinley Park has loomed large in the community’s response to the pandemic. 

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Pullman and Roseland

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.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Belmont Cragin

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One of the new COVID-19 testing sites Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday will be in some of Chicago’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, including this largely Latino neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Humboldt Park

The Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently highlighted the high rate of COVID-19 in Latino communities. As part of our reporting series, we spent the day in a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the city’s Near West Side.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Hyde Park

The Hyde Park-Kenwood area is the home of former President Barack Obama, and in many ways it is the intellectual and academic heart of the city, with the University of Chicago laid out along the midway. 

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Rogers Park

Rogers Park in Chicago (WTTW News)

The community is marked by waterfront apartment buildings, Loyola University and a racially and economically diverse population. We see how the pandemic is changing daily life in Rogers Park.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana (WTTW News)

The city of Gary has struggled mightily, even in economic good times. The COVID-19 pandemic and statewide shutdown have only exacerbated existing problems. 

O’Hare, Midway Grapple with Near Shutdown of Air Travel

A passenger at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (WTTW News)

O’Hare International Airport is one of the engines of Chicago’s economy. But what happens when that engine is operating at about 5%? We check out the scene at one of the world’s busiest airports.

Auburn Gresham Officials Say COVID-19 Testing Site Urgently Needed

The Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. (WTTW News)

The South Side community forms the bulk of a zip code that has seen 664 cases of COVID-19. Yet there are no public testing sites within the area, and few health centers equipped to administer them.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Cicero Records 844 Cases

Cicero Business License Director Ismael Vargas (WTTW News)

In a part of the Chicago region that has seen disproportionately high numbers of COVID-19 cases, the near west suburb of Cicero has been hit especially hard.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Brighton Park

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As part of our series on the local impact of the coronavirus, a report from the Southwest Side, where a troubling situation has gotten worse as the pandemic has intensified.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Hegewisch

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Things were starting to look up in Hegewisch when the pandemic hit. The community spent years trying to recover from a massive loss of manufacturing, and has regularly dealt with pollution from nearby industry. 

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Montclare Residents, Businesses on Edge

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In the Northwest Side neighborhood of Montclare, residents are quietly on edge, worried about the coronavirus and the prolonged economic shutdown it prompted, which has ravaged the hundreds of small businesses in the area.

Aurora, State’s Second-Largest City, Adapts to COVID-19 Shutdown

Aurora, Illinois (WTTW News)

The global health crisis has ravaged communities around the world — and locally. But in the city of Aurora, local officials have sounded an optimistic tone. We visited the far western suburb as part of our reporting series, COVID-19 Across Chicago.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Albany Park

Albany Park (WTTW News)

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting new challenges to communities across Chicago that are already struggling. We visit Albany Park as part of our reporting series.

Austin Community Grapples With High Rate of COVID-19

The nonprofit Loretto Hospital in Austin. (WTTW News)

The West Side neighborhood of Austin has become a hot spot for COVID-19 cases. According to the city, it falls into a zip code that has recorded a COVID-19 case rate of between 431-720 people per 100,000.