Stories by Joanna Hernandez

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago

Naval Station Great Lakes is the largest military installation in Illinois and home to the Navy’s only boot camp. (WTTW News)

Located about 35 miles north of downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, North Chicago houses Naval Station Great Lakes, home of the Navy’s only boot camp.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Resurrection in Pilsen

Pilsen, a largely Mexican community just southwest of Chicago’s Loop, is coming together to celebrate Día de los Muertos, an important day throughout Latin America. (WTTW News)

Despite COVID-19 concerns, celebrations are coming together in Pilsen, a community just southwest of Chicago’s Loop with a substantial Mexican population.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Revitalizing North Lawndale

Community gardening in North Lawndale (Courtesy Young Mens Educational Network Chicago)

Located on Chicago’s West Side, North Lawndale is a neighborhood that has dealt with decades of disinvestment and vacant spaces. Community members have taken things into their own hands by creating community gardens and safe spaces for the next generation.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Arlington Heights

Suburban Arlington Heights is a close neighbor to O’Hare airport and about a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago. (WTTW News)

Arlington Heights is a suburban neighbor to O’Hare airport and about a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago. The village is one of the largest in the northwest suburbs and is home to what was, until last weekend, the world-renowned Arlington International Racecourse.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Little Village

The vibrant Little Village community has been bustling with Mexican Pride as celebrations are in full force for Mexican Independence Day. (WTTW News)

The vibrant Little Village community has been bustling with Mexican Pride as celebrations are in full force for Mexican Independence Day.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Des Plaines

Des Plaines is a diverse city, with a growing population of more than 58,000 people, located just North of O’Hare Airport. (WTTW News)

Des Plaines is a diverse suburb just north of O’Hare Airport. It has a high vaccination rate but is still facing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. It’s also looking forward to the reopening of a historic theater, and the expansion of one of its major employers.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Revisiting Austin

Located on Chicago’s West Side, Austin is one of the city’s largest community areas — both by population and geography. (WTTW News)

Austin has dealt with decades of disinvestment and is acutely feeling the impact of gun violence. However, many residents, community organizations and local businesses are working to address some of the systemic issues the community faces and to bring investment to the area.