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February 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
January ended Tuesday with 40 homicides in Chicago, up 43 percent from 28 homicides recorded in January 2011, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. However, as of Wednesday afternoon, Chicago has not seen a homicide since Jan. 24, when a 39-year-old woman was shot to death in Washington Park. This is the first time RedEye's homicide tracker has not had a homicide to report on in the previous week since it was created three years ago. No homicides have been recorded so far in February.
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April 22, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on a couple podcasts that originate in Chicago. Due to a bit of absent-mindedness on my part, I ended up doing both podcasts on the same day. It made for quite the experience! First up, I sat down with the gals of the Your Chicago Podcast . If you've never listened to their podcast before, you're going to get a kick out of listening to Arden Joy and Stefania Rudd , the two hosts. Both these ladies are fun and geeky, with a real passion for all things Chicago.
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October 29, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It takes more than a push of a controller button to steal a car in Chicago, but that doesn't stop auto theft in the city. Not the case in Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto V. " With 15 million copies of the game sold worldwide in the first three days of its September release, gamers have been busy lifting cars in the fictional city of Los Santos for weeks. Almost 29 million copies of the game have sold in the first six weeks, kotaku.com reported Tuesday, making car theft a big business since the game's online and social features launched Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Chicago is racking up its own numbers when it comes...
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April 22, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
It's spring! In Chicago! Lace up those running shoes and take a look at RedEye's list of May races to run in the city. May 3 > > Bark in the Park 5K The plug: "The Anti-Cruelty Society's largest single fundraiser" Course: Montrose Harbor Cost: $35 in advance; $40 day of race Registration available: Until the race starts > > Run to Remember 5K The plug: "The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is...
SPORTS
March 1, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
We've put it off long enough, but it's time to take that first peek at our beloved baseball teams in spring training. First, some good news: The MLB is expanding the wild-card playoff format by two more teams. (Yes! Even more like the NBA!). Bad news: It won't include Chicago's two teams. Warning: This is going to be slightly to horribly painful. Let's go to the White Sox first. Here we have an example of how a team can really thrive amid "low expectations. " We are in rebuilding mode here, with no Mark Buehrle, Carlos Quentin or Sergio Santos.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
Festival season is almost here! We've got a schedule of festivals to help kick off your summer planning now. > > View the full 2013 Chicago festival guide on metromix.com . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago on Thursday logged its 100th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 23-year-old man was shot to death Thursday in the 300 block of East Kensington Avenue in West Pullman, the Tribune reported. For the last eight years, except for last year, Chicago has logged its 100th homicide of the year in April. Chicago reached this mark on March 20 last year. Homicides are down 39 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2012 and down 6 percent compared to 2011.
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August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Six homicides were recorded in Chicago on Saturday, making it one of the deadliest days of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. According to Tribune reporting: > > At 12:15 a.m., an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Wentworth Avenue. > > At 5:05 a.m., a 17-year-old girl was fatally shot in the 2100 block of West 35th Street. > > At 10:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot to death in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
"Say Say Say"! Did you hear that Paul McCartney is coming back to Chicago this July? Yes, Macca-mania is set to run wild on the Second City. After two shows at Wrigley Field in 2011, the former Beatle will bring his "Silly Love Songs" to the United Center on July 9th, with tickets set to go on sale Monday, April 28th. You can buy a "Ticket to Ride" here.   As an added bonus, here is a list of songs that Paul McCartney either wrote or sang that I was too lazy to shoehorn into this concert announcement and the "so bad it gets good then gets bad again" video for "Say Say Say. " ...
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April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The lineup for the 34th annual Taste of Chicago will include AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park on July 9-13, the City of Chicago has announced. The City of Chicago announced the Petrillo Music Shell performances for this year's Taste of Chicago, July 9-13. Other acts scheduled include Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark, Jr., Saints of Valory and the Wailers.  More performances will be announced at a...
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April 21, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When Holly Worthy moved to Bucktown from Des Moines, Iowa last year, recycling her used cans, bottles and paper goods was second nature. But Worthy, 25, and her partner, Conor Altier, 28, observed that for many of their neighbors and friends in Chicago, recycling wasn't as intuitive, they said. "A lot of our friends don't recycle at all," Worthy said. "When they would first come over, they would throw their beer bottles and cans in the trash. Now they throw it in our recycling bins, and it's kind of an education and learning opportunity for...
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April 18, 2014 | By Kristin Samuelson, @ksamredeye and RedEye
Well, they're going to have a hard time renting those condos out now.  A big old blaze inside a vacant building at 955 W. Grand Ave. caused a gaper's delay on the Kennedy Expressway -- because of course it did -- around 11 p.m. Thursday as drivers slowed down as if they'd never seen fire before.  Despite the errant semi truck, this cellphone footage recaps the scene from the Kennedy. Typically, a single fire engine on the scene of a fire this size would be cause for concern, but there wasn't any actual...
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April 18, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Dateline: Chicago, where ladies are bowling, ovens are operated by telephone and city folk can't make heads or tails of how to walk in a blizzard.  Thanks to a massive YouTube video dump  over the last week by newsreel makers British Pathe, the digitized vintage footage give an incredible glimpse of Chicago's past. Some of the footage was unused, and some circulated to movie houses around the world, but most of it is absolutely fascinating.  Take, for example, a 1938 report of a blizzard hitting the city.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's just a tremendous week for sports here in Chicago. Oh, you thought I was talking about the Bulls and Blackhawks playoffs starting this week? No. I'll get to that. This is the week we got to watch how it's done in baseball. The Red Sox visiting the White Sox. The Cubs in the Bronx. Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein: Hope you were watching and learning. Cubs in NYC. Look over there! It's Joe Girardi! Remember him? He's the guy who used you to get more cash from the Yankees. Memo to Epstein and Hoyer: He was never interested in you, ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Riot Fest will mark a decade in Chicago on Sept. 12-14.  The fest announced the Chicago dates will be sandwiched between stops in Toronto and Denver this year, returning to those cities after expanding last year.  In the announcement, fest organizers said "plenty of special events and surprises" are in store to mark the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest in Chicago. Tickets and lineups will also be announced soon.  Riot Fest Toronto will take place Sept. 6-7, and the Denver fest will run from Sept.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Chicago Lawn last week recorded its second homicide of the month and sixth homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 17-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in the 6300 block of South Mozart Street, police said. He died two days later, officials said. Chicago Lawn logged nine homicides last year, down from 22 killings in 2012, RedEye determined. Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Ashburn, Gage Park, Rogers Park, South Shore, Washington Park, West Englewood and Woodlawn, according to police...
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