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The Chicago Journal's Brief History of Music in Chicago

The Chicago Journal's Brief History of Music in Chicago should be considered a "living" document that is continually being added to, edited, amended, and reworked.

The Chicago Journal's Brief History of Music in Chicago
Film & Television

The Chicago Journal's Guide to Chicago Movies

Welcome to the Chicago Journal's running master list of Chicago movies.

The Chicago Journal's Guide to Chicago Movies
Sports

The Chicago Journal's Basic Guide to Illinois Gun Laws

Even if we're in the significant minority in this city, here at the Chicago Journal we believe in the 2nd Amendment and the individual's right to personal defense.

The Chicago Journal's Basic Guide to Illinois Gun Laws

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Bulls

Zach LaVine scores 36 as Bulls beat Trail Blazers 129-121

Zach LaVine scored 36 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers for their 3rd win in 4 games.

Zach LaVine scores 36 as Bulls beat Trail Blazers 129-121
Chicagoland News

Fire causes $1.25m in damage at historic Illinois mansion

A fire at the historic Haley Mansion in Joliet caused $1.25 million in damage, authorities said.

Fire causes $1.25m in damage at historic Illinois mansion
Chicago News

Chicago announces best monikers in snowplow naming contest

Chicago city staff chose 50 finalists and the mayor's office received more than 80,000 votes. Staff ultimately chose seven winners.

Chicago announces best monikers in snowplow naming contest
Chicago News

Daughter charged after mom's body found in Chicago freezer

A Chicago woman has been accused of keeping her mother's dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment.

Daughter charged after mom's body found in Chicago freezer
Crime

Health club controller gets 4 years in fed prison for fraud

He acknowledged in a plea agreement that he stole $4.1 million from the East Bank Club over a seven-year period beginning in 2013.

Health club controller gets 4 years in fed prison for fraud
Police

Richton Park settles lawsuit over boy's shooting for $12M

Amir was shot early on May 26, 2019, as members of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team were raiding his family’s Markham home, searching for his mother's boyfriend on drug possession charges.

Richton Park settles lawsuit over boy's shooting for $12M
Crime

Disbarred, bankrupt lawyer Girardi charged with client theft

A Chicago law firm involved in the Lion Air case filed a racketeering lawsuit last year alleging that Girardi and his associates essentially ran a Ponzi scheme, siphoning off $100 million from their clients, attorneys they worked with and others.

Disbarred, bankrupt lawyer Girardi charged with client theft
Blackhawks

Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet, dies at 84

Hull was one of the most prolific forwards in NHL history, scoring 610 times during his 16-year career with Chicago, Hartford and Winnipeg. Nicknamed “The Golden Jet” for his speed and blond hair, he also collected 303 goals while playing for the Jets in the WHA for seven seasons.

Hall of Famer Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet, dies at 84
Business

Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet

Since its first flight in 1969, the 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, a transport for NASA's space shuttles, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft.

Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet
Bulls

DeRozan, LaVine lead Bulls to 128-109 win over Magic

The Chicago Bulls shot 59.3% for the game just two nights after getting outscored by 23 points in the second half of a loss at Charlotte.

DeRozan, LaVine lead Bulls to 128-109 win over Magic
Blackhawks

Blackhawks head into All-Star break with loss to Oilers

Jason Dickinson, Jonathan Toews and Taylor Raddysh scored for the Blackhawks (15-29-4). They have lost three of their last four.

Blackhawks head into All-Star break with loss to Oilers
Crime

Man and 3-year-old grazed by gunfire while parking in Back of the Yards

Police said a 52-year-old man was parking his vehicle with a 3-year-old boy in the backseat when someone in a light green SUV fired shots.

Man and 3-year-old grazed by gunfire while parking in Back of the Yards
Crime

Ex-Chicago student gets 8 years for spying for Chinese government

He allegedly swore an oath of allegiance to the Chinese Ministry of State Security while studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and even enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Ex-Chicago student gets 8 years for spying for Chinese government
Chicago News

Officials: Deadly Chicago high-rise fire was accidental

In a brief statement, the Chicago Fire Department called the fire accidental and said investigators traced the cause to “careless use of smoking materials."

Officials: Deadly Chicago high-rise fire was accidental
Blackhawks

Stauber wins again, Blackhawks beat Flames 5-1

Stauber stopped 34 shots for his second consecutive win and 13 players contributed a point as Chicago beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 Thursday night.

Stauber wins again, Blackhawks beat Flames 5-1
Bulls

Rozier, Plumlee lead Hornets past Bulls 111-96

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points for the Bulls, while Zach LaVine finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, but was quiet in the second half. Patrick Williams had 15 points, but Chicago’s three-game win streak came to an end.

Rozier, Plumlee lead Hornets past Bulls 111-96
Chicago News

1 dead, 6 taken to hospitals in Chicago high-rise fire

Chicago authorities said one person has died and six people were taken to hospitals Wednesday as firefighters responded to a high-rise apartment building fire on the city's South Side, battling flames on multiple floors as snow fell.

1 dead, 6 taken to hospitals in Chicago high-rise fire
Blackhawks

Canucks beat Blackhawks 5-2 in Tocchet's debut as coach

Dakota Joshua and Sheldon Dries scored 34 seconds apart in the third period, and the Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Tuesday night in Rick Tocchet's debut.

Canucks beat Blackhawks 5-2 in Tocchet's debut as coach