John Dodge

john dodge bio photo small for wp bio John DodgeJohn Dodge is the Executive Producer of CBS Chicago’s website. (You are here now! Thanks for joining us.)

Mr. Dodge has been a journalist a good long while, long enough to be called a “veteran.”

Before arriving at CBS, Mr. Dodge held various editorial positions at the Chicago Sun-Times.

He likes to write about things that he finds interesting.

He hopes you feel the same way.

He also likes Twitter: @dodgerman

Come and play with him, but play nice.

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Shinola Watch Company Opens Chicago Store In Bucktown

Shinola, which has built a strong reputation for its line of American-made products, most notably watches, opened its first Chicago store on Thursday.


Chicago Bears fans bring out the bags early the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Bears Are A Joke, Just Ask Baby Bear

This is a story, not about Goldilocks, but just the three Bears.



Those ’70s Gifts: Remembering Popular Old-School Presents

Do you remember some of the popular gifts that kids found under the tree or on their stockings on Christmas Day in the 1970s?


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Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute Idea Edition

Christmas Day is almost here, and you are running out of time.



‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Placed On Prestigious National Film Registry

“Ferris Bueller” was chosen as one of the 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.


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Company’s Amusing Sign Suggests Watching Bears Is Better CIA Torture Method

A sign at a suburban company suggests a better CIA torture method, and it just might work: Force the suspects to watch a Bears game.


Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Five Low Points In Lowest Of Bears’ Seasons — So Far

Even when the Bears were kinda, sorta good, fans could always find something to complain about, while the media moved to tart up the drama around the fortress around Halas Hall.

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The 10 ‘Most Dangerous’ Towns In Illinois

When it comes to violent crime outside of Chicago, Rockford ranks in the most dangerous town in the state, according to 2013 FBI crime statistics.


Bears chairman George McCaskey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Owner George McCaskey Shoved At Game By Saints Fan

Bears owner George McCaskey was involved in a minor altercation with a New Orleans Saints fan during Monday’s night’s game at Soldier Field.


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Weather Pattern: Cloudy With A Chance Of More Clouds?

Chicagoans could be easily excused for feeling as if they are constantly walking under a dark cloud.


Fans take in the action during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Bears vs. Saints: Plenty Of Cheap Tickets Available

For fans who haven’t given up on the Bears just yet and have some time to spare on Monday evening, tickets are available for a relatively good price.


The 2014 Daley Plaza Christmas Tree during the official tree lighting ceremony. (Credit: CBS)

The History Of The Official Chicago Christmas Tree

For 101 years now, the City of Chicago has lit up an official tree to celebrate Christmas.


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The Story Of German POWs Held In Chicagoland

As World War II raged across the Atlantic, thousands of German prisoners of war were held in camps around Chicago.


Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Bears Are So Bizarre, The Onion’s Reporting Makes More Sense

Watching the Chicago Bears management team implode this season almost makes The Onion’s coverage of the team this season more believable.


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Finch’s Beer Company Plans New Lincoln Park Brewery Along River

With the craft beer business showing no signs of a slowdown, Finch’s Beer Company is planning to build a new brewery along the Chicago River in Lincoln Park.


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Exclusive ‘Starbucks Reserve’ Cafe, Tasting Room Slated For Chicago

By John Dodge CHICAGO (CBS) — While it seems that there is a Starbucks on nearly every corner in the Loop, the coffee kingpin is planning a new high-end tasting room and cafe in Chicago […]


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Dad Takes Most Embarrassing Family Selfie: Why Do They Do That?

What is it about dads and their need to embarrass their family?


An image of Chicago from the 1830s along what is now Wacker Drive. (Credit: chicagology)

Image Shows Early Chicago Along South Bank Of River

About 40 years before the Great Chicago Fire, the village along the shores of Lake Michigan essentially consisted of a muddy trail along the south bank of the Chicago River along with a few small streets in what today is known as the Loop.


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The Frango Mint Price Tracker: Macy’s State Street Store

Frango Mint prices are like the gasoline of candy, wildly jumping and dropping during the holiday season.


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Six Years After Husband’s Arrest, Patti Blagojevich ‘Feeling Frustrated’

On the sixth anniversary of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest, former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich told her Facebook friends that she is feeling frustrated over her husband’s conviction and subsequent incarceration.