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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 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 information.
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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...
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
The time: Early 21st century. The place: An extra bedroom in an Elmhurst family home. The stakes: It never even mattered. Mike Magee and Jackie Santacaterina have always tried to beat each other. From soccer to board games at family barbecues, neither wanted to lose. Now, more than a decade later, the Chicago soccer-star cousins still find themselves attempting to one-up each other. "Our family is highly competitive," Magee said. "I'm sure Jackie and I have crossed paths in spoons or playing a board game.
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.
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April 15, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
There would be no big-time comedy festival in Chicago in 2014, it seemed, until four Chicago comics and a journalist decided to create their own. The Just For Laughs Chicago (JFC) comedy festival, sponsored by TBS, had been hosted in Chicago for five straight years until it was canceled this year. To replace it, local comedians put their heads together to establish the Comedy Exposition of 2014, set for July 11-13.  Four Chicago comedians - Katie McVay, Stephanie Hasz, Zach Peterson and Goodrich Gevaart - as well as comedy writer Matt Byrne have banded together to create the...
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April 14, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training - she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents'] time," she said. "That was like their Beyonce. " Now, Semmes, who grew up in Hyde Park, returns to Chicago to star as Diana Ross in the national tour of "Motown the Musical," which kicks off with a three-month run at the Oriental Theatre. Based on Motown founder Berry...
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April 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
One hundred per week. That's the average number of illegally possessed guns the Chicago Police Department has seized from alleged criminals each week this year, according to a department announcement Monday. CPD has seized more than 1,500 firearms total so far in 2014, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a Monday press conference, where he also renewed city officials' calls for more strict state and federal gun laws. Police officials say CPD recovers more illegal firearms than any other police...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Rap artist Common announced Wednesday that his Common Ground Foundation will partner with youth arts organization Donda's House Inc. and the Chicago Urban League to develop a music festival and an initiative to create 20,000 jobs for Chicago's black teens. The three organizations developed the initiative to help lower the Chicago-area jobless rate among black males, representatives said. A recent study conducted by the Chicago Alternative Schools Network found that 92 percent of black males...
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April 9, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget the Green Line. There's a new "L" on the West Side. Event Creative, a Chicago event design and production agency, fashioned an "L" system for a U.S. Travel Association event this week at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios in North Lawndale. More than 20 Event Creative employees worked to handcraft the track and the rail ties. They shaped two 20-foot-long rail cars that were used for a video display of Chicago attractions, said Melissa Kirby, vice president of design and new business for Event Creative.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
When rideshare companies go into surge pricing mode during peak times such as rush hour, bad weather and holidays, they would have to provide riders with true fare quotes in dollars, under key changes to Mayor Emanuel's proposal to regulate the industry. Emanuel, who has has been working to regulate the rideshare industry, put forth a proposal in February. The taxi industry has taken its battle to court, claiming that rideshare companies are unfairly competing with cabs and don't have to abide by the same city rules.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Sean Ely, @theseanwow and RedEye
America knows an inappropriate traveling paper salesman named Todd Packer and a loudmouthed sportscaster in a tall cowboy hat named Champ Kind. But only few have gone inside the true, brilliantly bizarre mind of David Koechner. On Friday night, Koechner will open his mental vault for Chicago when he takes the stage at Park West to conclude his 10-city "Together Again" comedy tour, featuring opener Matt Dwyer and musician Andy Paley to create an experience Koechner calls "full-scale entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014
***= Recommended shows On sale 9 a.m. Friday Celtic Thunder, Sunday, Nov. 30 ($32.50, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. On sale 10 a.m. Friday O.A.R., Phillip Phillips, Saturday, June 21 ($42.50, all ages) at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dan + Shay, Neal McCoy, Saturday, July 19 ($45.75-$89.75, all ages) at Wrigley Field. ***Jack White, Benjamin Booker, Wednesday, July 23 ($49.50-$75, all ages) at Chicago Theatre, Thursday, July 24 ($45-$75, all...
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