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  • Dramatic video shows Chicago playground engulfed in flames June 21, 2018
    A drone caught dramatic video of a fire in the ABLA/Brooks Homes in University Village Wednesday. The footage shows playground equipment enveloped in flames in a courtyard in the middle of the public housing project, which is located off Loomis between 13th and 14th Streets.…
    Dave Newbart
  • Video games are public enemy #1 . . . again June 20, 2018
    Earlier this week, Red Bull launched Rise Till Dawn—an all-night Fortnite tournament in July starring local streaming sensation Tyler "Ninja" Blevins on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower. It's no surprise that the event sold out in a few short minutes, Fortnite is arguably the breakout entertainment hit of 2018—played by 40 million people—and […]
    Ryan Smith
  • Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker June 19, 2018
    A turbulent year ended for principal Mary Beth Cunat when, two weeks before the last day of class, she announced her resignation from Wildwood Elementary School on the far northwest side. She made the decision in the wake of parent outrage—and even threats—after she brought an anti-police speaker to the school. Cunat's decision came as a […]
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell to lead the Reader June 15, 2018
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  • Stormy Daniels to finish run at Chicago strip club this weekend June 15, 2018
    [UPDATED] Despite a dispute over a contract that threatened to cancel this weekend's shows, the Admiral Theater and Stormy Daniels rode the storm out and have agreed that the porn star's run of shows in Chicago wouldn't just be a one-night stand.  In a press release sent late Friday afternoon, Sam Cecola, the Admiral's owner, […]
    Ryan Smith
  • Chicago corruption for sightseers: Walking tours show seedy underbelly of the city’s politics June 14, 2018
    The Brehon Pub sits inconspicuously at the northeast corner of Wells and Superior. From the outside, its bold green signage, four-leaf clover decorations, and Gaelic logo make it hard to pin down as anything other than a traditional Irish pub.…
    Matt Harvey
  • Chicago Dyke March returns after clash last year became international news June 13, 2018
    The alternative to the Chicago Pride Parade announces its solidarity with Palestine after a controversy broke out involving pro-Israel marchers in 2017. The first Chicago Dyke March took place in Lakeview in 1996, and from the very beginning, its intentions were radical. That first march, its organizers said, was conceived as an alternative to the […]
    Kerry Cardoza
  • Singer welcomed by America's Got Talent—but not the CTA June 12, 2018
    Nearly every day, performers fill the Red Line's station at Lake with smooth electric guitar riffs, or soulful a cappella, or improvised raps, or—as was the case on the afternoon of May 15—a voice nearly identical to Sam Smith's. Andrew Johnston, 26, who is being featured on this season of America's Got Talent, was halfway through […]
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Could Dems survive without Michael Madigan at the top? June 11, 2018
    As one sexual harassment horror tale after another emerges from Springfield, I'm coming face-to-face with the heretofore seemingly unthinkable: It's only a matter of time before Michael Madigan is forced to step down from his positions of power. That would include giving up being chairman of the state Democratic Party and maybe even speaker of […]
    Ben Joravsky
  • Anne Ford, the Reader’s Studs Terkel, reveals her secrets: ‘It’s all being curious’ June 8, 2018
    Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is . . .…
    Aimee Levitt