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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

(WTTW News)

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

(WTTW News via CNN)

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

(WTTW News)

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. 

Dr. Emily Landon on Vaccine Distribution, COVID-19 Spread

Dr. Emily Landon appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (WTTW News)

The Trump administration on Tuesday instructed states to begin vaccinating Americans over age 65 for COVID-19, as well as those with chronic medical conditions. We discuss Chicago’s rollout with an infectious disease specialist.

After Months of Empty Stages, Chicago Venues See ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’

(WTTW News)

Late last month, Congress allocated $15 billion to music venues, movie theaters and other cultural institutions under the Save Our Stages Act. What it could mean for Chicago’s independent music and performing arts venues. 

The Year In Weather: Wildfires, Hurricanes, A Derecho and More

Hurricanes, wildfires, a destructive derecho and more: it was a banner year for intense weather events around the world and right here in the Midwest. 

Terrorism Specialists Weigh in on Rise of Extremism in US

An image taken from video footage shows downtown Nashville, Tennessee, in the seconds before an explosion rocked the area on Dec. 25, 2020. (WTTW News via CNN)

Many details surrounding the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville remain unclear, but the incident has renewed concerns about the rise of domestic terrorism, and the proliferation of racist ideology by white supremacists. 

Firsthand Gun Violence: Victim Advocate Reflects on Chicago’s Violent Year

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It’s been an extraordinarily violent year in Chicago, which has seen around 750 homicides, according to police. As part of our series on gun violence, we talk with victim advocate Pastor Donovan Price.

After Battling Civil Unrest and COVID-19, South Shore Looks Ahead to 2021

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Businesses along the 71st Street commercial corridor experienced extensive damage and property theft in late May and early June. Six months later, it’s still difficult for some business owners to talk about the past as they look ahead to what’s next.

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Beautiful Utility Buildings

(Courtesy: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

When it comes to designing buildings, form may follow function, but that doesn’t mean function has to be without form. Geoffrey Baer joins us with the story of the O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant and other ornamented utility buildings. 

Ask Geoffrey: The Peter Schuttler Wagon Works

Geoffrey Baer has the story of a famous wagon supply company once based in Chicago. 

Englewood Keeps Focus on Revitalization 6 Months After Looting, Unrest

(WTTW News)

Area businesses along commercial corridors like 63rd Street and Ashland Avenue experienced extensive damage in late May and early June. Business owners and community organizers talk about what’s next. 

Six Months After Looting and Property Damage, South Chicago Eyes Next Chapter

(WTTW News)

Commercial Avenue has long been the main business corridor in South Chicago, but in recent years the strip has struggled to fill vacant storefronts – a trend that was seriously exacerbated by civil unrest and looting this summer.

World AIDS Day Marks Launch of New Online Exhibition ‘I’m Still Surviving’

(Credit: David Ansell)

The stories of women living with HIV in Chicago and across the country take the focus of a new online exhibition organized by the History Moves project.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Rogers Park

(WTTW News)

Chicago’s northernmost neighborhood has reported 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The pandemic and rising case counts have heightened food insecurity across Chicago, and Rogers Park has been anything but immune.