A coalition of community-led groups just received $10 million from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation to help fund a wide-ranging project. It’ll bring together a range of services and opportunities — from health and wellness, to arts and culture and beyond.
Stories by Nick Blumberg
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Garfield Park Community Coalition Receives $10M InvestmentNick Blumberg | Jan 20, 2023
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Park Adjusts Plans For Winter StormNick Blumberg | Dec 22, 2022
Local leaders are advising people to avoid travel when possible, and to check in on friends, family and neighbors who may need a helping hand. In Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, people are adjusting quickly during a busy holiday season while bearing in mind vulnerable community members.
‘Chicago Tonight’ In Your Neighborhood: City Aiming to Breathe Life Into Financial DistrictNick Blumberg | Oct 20, 2022
As firms and other businesses have started locating their offices in other parts of town, and with the massive shift in work patterns driven by COVID-19, the eight-block stretch has become home to more vacancies than any other part of downtown. Now, the city has an ambitious plan to spur development.
City Council Debate Over Private Booting Shines Light on Ways Clout and Campaign Cash Work in ChicagoNick Blumberg | Oct 10, 2022
A vote on a measure that would strip members of the Chicago City Council of their authority to ban commercial property owners from hiring a firms to patrol their parking lots and swiftly immobilize cars that are parked there illegally was delayed. A familiar lobbyist and campaign cash factor into the debate.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Recovery and Development in Hyde ParkNick Blumberg | Oct 6, 2022
The community’s 53rd Street is home to many locally-owned shops, nightlife spots and restaurants. There’s been some turnover during COVID, but a lot of the small businesses have hung on — even though they’re still facing challenges.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North CenterNick Blumberg | Aug 26, 2022
Chicago’s North Center neighborhood is a community where many city dwellers raise a family with lots of schools, parks, and public space. Many residents and community leaders have worked for years to create a community feel and, to address infrastructure needs to improve transportation safety.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Pride Parade Returns in NorthalstedNick Blumberg | Jun 24, 2022
For the first time in three years, Northalsted and the surrounding neighborhood will host the city’s Pride Parade.
Richard Irvin’s Ex-Wife Hired by Development Firm Receiving Millions in Aurora City Incentives
Web of Politically-Connected Companies Involved in $128M Hospital Redevelopment
The ex-wife of Aurora Mayor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin works with a development team that stands to receive up to $15 million in Aurora city incentives, with the potential for millions more to redevelop the former Copley Hospital site.
Developers That Donated to Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Irvin’s Mayoral Campaign Received Tens of Millions in Aurora IncentivesNick Blumberg | Mar 31, 2022
A WTTW News review of public records has also found that Aurora taxpayers are on the hook for tens of millions in tax incentives to two other development companies that have donated thousands to Richard Irvin and political funds connected to him.
Police Officers, Guards Will Be Added Along CTA Train and Bus Lines Amid Uptick in Violent CrimeNick Blumberg | Mar 9, 2022
Amid a double-digit uptick in violent crime along Chicago Transit Authority train and bus lines this year, city officials say they’ll be adding additional officers and security guards on trains and buses around the city.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: NilesNick Blumberg | Feb 10, 2022
Niles, a northwest Chicago suburb. It’s well known for its landmark replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it’s also a community thinking about how to revamp one of its anchor businesses for the future. There are efforts to redevelop Golf Mill mall, a nearby park, and plans to improve infrastructure and pedestrian safety.
New DuSable Museum Exhibit Tells Stories of Those Killed During Civil Rights MovementNick Blumberg | Jan 17, 2022
More than 150 names of people killed during the civil rights movement are on display in a special exhibit at the DuSable Museum. Their lives were cut short due to race-related killings more than 50 years ago, but the lessons learned from their deaths live on.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Washington ParkNick Blumberg | Nov 18, 2021
Washington Park is nestled between Hyde Park, Woodlawn and Englewood. It’s home to the DuSable Museum of African American History and to the former Schultz Baking Company. Now closed, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places and there are plans to turn it into a data center.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: RavenswoodNick Blumberg | Jul 15, 2021
Eight miles north from the Loop, manufacturing buildings, Victorian homes and small businesses line Ravenswood’s streets. The community is neighbored by North Center and Lincoln Square, and there’s much disagreement over where the three neighborhoods’ borders end and begin.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Humboldt ParkNick Blumberg | May 27, 2021
Paseo Boricua has been the heart and soul of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community for decades. But the area has been impacted in recent years by gentrification and displacement of some longtime residents, as rents rise and luxury buildings sprout up on its borders.
Chicagoans Log 640K Rides During 2nd Test of Scooters in CityNick Blumberg | Dec 11, 2020
New data shows Chicagoans took approximately 640,000 rides on electric scooters during a four-month second trial run. That represents a significant decline from the initial test of the scooters in Chicago between June and July 2019.
As Lakefront Trail Reopens, Edgewater Eyes City’s Next PhaseNick Blumberg | Jun 22, 2020
Chicago’s lakefront trail officially reopened Monday after the city closed it down in March in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We visit the lakefront and see how the Edgewater community is gearing up for phase four.
Chicago Showdown, Round Two: Musical ArtistsNick Blumberg | Mar 23, 2020
This toddlin’ town isn’t just the subject of some iconic songs, it’s also the home of artists who helped innovate and shape modern American music. We’re passionate about our faves, and we want to hear from you. Which of these acts deserves to be crowned champion?
Lightfoot Says Chicago Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ as ICE Ramps Up Immigration Enforcement
New York Times reports specialized ICE Agents being sent to Chicago, sanctuary cities
President Donald Trump will deploy specialized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tactical units to nearly a dozen so-called sanctuary cities, including Chicago, according to The New York Times.
Deep Frydays: Chicago-Style Hot DogsNick Blumberg | Aug 29, 2019
Before they say goodbye for the summer, Nick and Erica have a frying finale befitting our fair city: a teeny-wiener version of the Chicago-style hot dog.
Deep Frydays: Potato Chip-Crusted Polish SausageNick Blumberg | Aug 15, 2019
What do Polish sausage, potato chips and Plochman’s mustard have in common? They all come together to make a delicious snack.
Deep Frydays: Fry the RainbowNick Blumberg | Aug 1, 2019
Like the city itself, the Rainbow Cone is a painterly masterpiece of colors and tastes, each separate and distinct, which together somehow become more than the sum of their parts.
Deep Frydays: Fine, We’re Doing MalortNick Blumberg | Jul 18, 2019
Earlier this month, we took you on a tour of a distillery that produces Malort, the Chicago-born liquor that inspires devotion – and disgust. This week, we pour out a hefty helping of the stuff and stick it in the fryer.
Deep Frydays: Take a Pizza My HeartNick Blumberg | Jul 3, 2019
In honor of the Fourth of July, we deep-fry what is perhaps Chicago’s greatest culinary contribution to America – and the globe: deep-dish pizza.
Deep Frydays: Brownie DisasterNick Blumberg | Jun 21, 2019
For our new summer series, we take some of Chicago’s favorite foods and, like the name says, we deep-fry them and deal with the big questions. Today’s sacrifice to the gods of hot oil: brownie batter.
Deep Frydays’ Maiden Voyage: Giardiniera MixNick Blumberg | Jun 7, 2019
How do you deep-fry giardiniera? We find out in the first installment of our weekly summer series Deep Frydays, where we go deep on an iconic Chicago food and then sacrifice it to sizzling oil.