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  • This singing group is on a mission to lift the spirits of commuters in Chicago

    This singing group is on a mission to spread positivity to commuters in Chicago, and it’s taken them from the subway to America’s Got Talent and beyond. Meet The Remedy in our latest Faces Of Chicago. Durell Jones So what we’re doing, we’re out here giving out some of this feel good music. We generally do a lot of oldies and we try to do it in a small time period because we got a selective time for the people […]

  • ‘HAPPY MARRIED’: Couple whose giant proposal went viral celebrates marriage

    CHICAGO — The couple behind a viral proposal written in the snow of Maggie Daley Park last year went big once again this week to celebrate their marriage. Bob Lempa’s plan to surprise his girlfriend Peggy Baker with a proposal on Valentine’s Day 2019 was simple but ambitious: leave a message in the snow that she could see from her 37th floor window in the Blue Cross Blue Shield building. Even simple plans can face complications. There was no snow […]

  • With a quadrillion gallons in Lake Michigan, lowering the water isn’t an option

    The waters of Lake Michigan are near all-time highs, causing erosion and damage along the lakeshore. High winds can even send waves crashing onto portions of Lake Shore Drive, where 160,000 cars drive each day. Among the many who take the Drive to work is Don Straube, who wrote in to Ask WGN: Is there anything we can do to lower the level of the lake? The equation of what led to the highest water levels seen on Lake Michigan […]

  • Dog rescue offering ‘puppy-gram’ deliveries for Valentine’s Day

    CHICAGO — A pet rescue organization is delivering something much cuter than a box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day: snuggles and kisses from dogs in need of a home. On Feb. 14, Chicago-based One Tail at a Time will bring “puppy-grams” or “Senior Grams” of up to five dogs to surprise the Valentines of anyone who makes a donation through their website, giving a welcome break from the day for between 15 and 30 minutes. “Their significant others or maybe […]

  • Chicago-area club’s massive ski jumps have helped skiers fly high since 1905

    FOX RIVER GROVE, Ill. — A giant ski jump peeks over the trees in Fox River Grove, the highest of several runs at the volunteer-run Norge Ski Club. Dating back to the early 1900s, the club works to promote the sport of ski jumping and now counts multiple Olympians among its members. Here’s their story — in their own words.  Scott Smith, Norge Ski Club Ski jumping first came to the United States in 1887. The first ski jump ever […]

  • Investigators use DNA to identify teen’s killer in 1970s cold case, say other victims likely

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Decades after 16-year-old Pamela Maurer was sexually assaulted, strangled and left on the side of the road in Lisle, officials said Monday they’ve found her killer — and believe he had other victims throughout the 1970s. Investigators say genetic clues pointed them towards Bruce Lindahl, who fatally stabbed himself while committing another murder in 1981, because police had the good sense in 1976 to preserve what is called DNA evidence today. “We finally put a name […]

  • Cresco Labs launches ‘incubator program’ for minority-owned cannabis companies

    CHICAGO— Chicago-based cannabis giant Cresco Labs is launching a “community business incubator” program for minority-owned companies in Illinois. In a statement, the company said it is accepting applications for an incubator program that provides technical and financial assistance to members of minority communities looking to apply for licenses and launch craft growing or infusing businesses. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be issuing a limited number of permits for new cannabis companies, including to  “social equity” applicants who are based […]

  • Robbers posing as rideshare drivers targeting passengers on Near North Side

    CHICAGO — Robbers targeting rideshare passengers picked up multiple people waiting for late-night rides in the Old Town, River North and Gold Coast areas in recent weeks, according to Chicago police. The most recent incident targeted a passenger waiting for a ride on the 400 block of West Ontario Street in the early morning hours of January 3. Once they mistakenly get into the offenders’ vehicle, police say rideshare customers find themselves in the car with multiple assailants who strong-arm […]

  • Collegiate esports athletes take aim at a booming industry

    Chicago’s Robert Morris University made headlines in 2014 when it became the first college in the country to offer esports scholarships. Today, esports are still skyrocketing in popularity thanks to streaming services like YouTube and Twitch. Here’s the story of the esports hopefuls who are setting their sights on this booming industry — in their own words. Grant Welling, League Of Legends player at Robert Morris University When I was a kid, my dad taught me how to play chess […]

  • A night at one of Chicagoland’s last drive-ins

    Drive-in theaters used to be a summer staple in the U.S., but few remain. Still, those left in the Chicago area say they’re seeing more support from neighbors who want to keep the tradition alive. Here’s their story – in their own words: Scott Dehn, Golden Age Cinemas My earliest memory is sitting out here with my mom and my dad, my grandma, my sister. I remember I was pulling in from the box office and I just look at […]

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