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CHICAGO -- On his last Friday in the United States, Francisco Arellano spent the evening the same way he had spent many evenings for over 30 years: surrounded by his family, drinking some tequila and eating pambazos. After he bought his home in Chicago, it turned into the family hub where everyone gathered for special occasions and holidays. The family is so big that he set up a white tarp ...

CHICAGO — Les Grobstein’s death Sunday at age 69 created a flood of “Grobber” stories from his family, friends and radio colleagues. The storytelling continued Thursday at a funeral service for Grobstein that was livestreamed, painting a vivid portrait of an ordinary guy who spent most of his life chasing athletes, managers and coaches with a giant tape recorder or listening to fans complain ...

CHICAGO — People around the world breathed cleaner air after the economy ground to a halt during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But Chicago and its suburbs missed out on the temporary reprieve from lung-damaging, life-shortening pollution. A new analysis suggests a key reason why dirty air problems continued here while other cities saw clear skies for the first time in years: ...

Top editorial staff at the Chicago-based A.V. Club, a sister publication to The Onion, are exiting the entertainment website en masse after refusing a mandatory relocation to new offices in Los Angeles. The seven employees, including the managing editor, TV editor and film editor, all gave the West Coast move the thumbs-down by a Jan. 15 deadline imposed by the A.V. Club’s owner, New ...

The year 2021 will be remembered as one of the deadliest in recent memory in Chicago and Illinois. The tragic deaths of nearly 800 victims of gun violence in Chicago are a grim chapter of heartbreak. I remember two in particular. In August, two little girls were shot after Sunday church outside their grandmother’s house on the Northwest Side. According to their father Michael, a CTA bus driver: ...

There’s a new name in Chicago cable. RCN, a cable and internet provider available to about 1 million homes in Chicago and the suburbs, is rebranding as Astound Broadband, joining co-owned regional services such as Grande, Wave and Digital West under the new national banner. The announcement Wednesday gives New Jersey-based Astound, the sixth largest cable operator in the U.S., more marketing ...

CHICAGO — In what’s become a recurring scene since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Chicago Public Schools reopened their buildings Wednesday to receive students — most of whom had spent only two days inside a classroom since winter break began more than three weeks ago. Outside Kenwood Academy High School early Wednesday, a number of parents expressed relief their kids were back in class. But one ...