Stories by Acacia Hernandez

‘Pneumonia Front’ Hit Chicago Tuesday, With Temps at O'Hare Quickly Dropping from 81 to 66 Degrees

Bikers ride along the lakefront in this file photo. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Right on cue, the much hyped “pneumonia front” hit Chicago shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, sending the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport plummeting from 81 degrees to 66 degrees in short order.

Defying Objections, City Opens Temporary Shelter for Immigrants in Shuttered Woodlawn School

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The former Wadsworth Elementary School had been set to open as a shelter in early January, but an uproar forced Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to delay her plans for nearly a month as she and other city officials sought to address concerns from residents.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Proposed Casino Sites

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Chicago has three finalists for potential casino sites, but residents of those communities have mixed feelings. Some fear a rise in crime and the impact a casino could have on neighboring small businesses. Others are hopeful it could provide good paying jobs.

Two Locally Owned Grocery Stores Underway on West Side

A rendering of the upcoming Forty Acres Fresh Market. (Provided)

After decades of disinvestment, two new grocery stores are being built on Chicago’s West Side — something residents have long awaited as other grocery store chains closed up shop. We spoke with two local owners about their investment in the community and what lies ahead on the road to development.

Pilsen Pet Boutique Brings Handmade Mexican Designs to Chicago Pet Owners

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A Chicagoan took the extra time the pandemic provided as an opportunity to start her own side hustle. Now, she’s the owner of a shop in Pilsen that connects its customers and their pets with handmade designs from Mexico.