North Center

A mysterious growth in Larry Bartoli's yard has been getting bigger and bigger ever since he had a mulberry tree removed more than 15 years ago.  He's dubbed it 'The Blob,' after the 1958 Steve McQueen film of the same name. (Credit: CBS)

‘The Blob’ Taking Over North Side Man’s Front Yard

We expect springtime to bring new growth, but something bizarre has sprouted in a North Center neighborhood family’s yard.


Carlos Castillo (Chicago Police Department)

Accused Hit-And-Run Driver Extradited, Charged In North Side Death From 2009

For six years, Rachel Gilliam’s killer hid in Mexico, authorities say.


Christopher Shoji (Chicago Police Dept.)

Chicago Man Kills Best Friend Over Pot Plant: Prosecutors

A North Center neighborhood man allegedly stabbed his best friend to death after the drunken pair got into an argument over the marijuana plant the man was growing in his mother’s backyard.


File Photo Of Police Tape (AP)

Man Found Stabbed To Death On North Side

The 24-year-old victim’s mother found him on the doorstep in the 4200 block of North Damen Avenue about 4:10 a.m.


Blue Sky Bakery in the North Center neighborhood. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Blue Sky Bakery’s Lisa Thompson

The North Center cafe represents a life-changing experience for the young people who work there. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Rats have overrun this street in the North Center neighborhood. (CBS)

Rats Overwhelm Residents In North Center Neighborhood

Some residents in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood say they are battling a war against rats.


Richard Velasco (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Helping Stranded Motorist Saves Girl From Molester

A good samaritan who helped a stranded motorist in the North Center neighborhood Monday ended up saving a 14-year-old girl from the driver, who was allegedly trying to molest her.


(Credit: Thinkstock)

2 Dead, 15 Wounded In Weekend Violence

One man was beaten to death at a CTA station, a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot and at least 15 other people were wounded in separate acts of violence across the city this weekend.


File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Two Teens Wounded In North Side Drive-By Shooting

The two males, ages 17 and 18, were traveling in a Dodge Neon in 2400 block of West Irving Park Road when a dark-colored SUV pulled alongside and at least one gunman inside opened fire.



Best Bars To Celebrate Mardi Gras In Chicago

From live bands to New Orleans cuisine, the Chicagoland area offers plenty of ways for you and your friends to have one last hurrah for Mardi Gras. Whether you want to dress up in costume or come as you are, there’s a party for just about everyone.


A man wearing a Chicago Cubs hat robbed a bank branch in the North Center neighborhood on Oct. 12, 2012. (Credit: Bandit Tracker)

North Center Neighborhood Bank Branch Robbed

A man in a Chicago Cubs cap robbed a bank branch about 10 blocks west of Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.


Police Shooting

Shots Fired At Officers In North Center; 3 Arrested

Three people are in police custody, following a shootout with police in the Northcenter neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

Larchmont Avenue Fire

Fire Rips Through 3 Homes Near Lincoln And Irving Park

Firefighters remained on the scene early Tuesday, after flames roared through three homes in the North Center neighborhood, near the busy junction of Lincoln and Damen avenues and Irving Park Road.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012

'Birthday Boy' plays this Friday at the Prop Thtr (credit: Jeff Bivens)

Cure For Boredom: June’s Best Events

A list of some of the best events for June. Don’t forget to wear pants when you go to these. You don’t want to get arrested for indecent exposure.


A dozen Dumpster fires erupted overnight, including this one at Hermitage and Irving Park Road. (CBS)

Dozen Dumpster Fires Erupt On North Side Overnight

Chicago police and fire investigators are looking into several overnight Dumpster fires on the North Side.


Irving Park Road Fire

Fire Sweeps Through Building On Irving Park Road

Four people were displaced Tuesday morning in a fire that broke out on Irving Park Road in the St. Ben’s neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2012

Antonio Perez

Cops: Uptown Man Held After Attacking Cop

A good Samaritan pitched in when a burglary suspect tried to disarm a Chicago Police officer and began biting and punching her in the North Center neighborhood early Sunday, police said.


Brew Camp

Made In Chicago: Brew Camp

To some, there’s nothing like a cold beer, but what if you could brew your own?

WBBM Newsradio–08/01/2011

Bank Robbery

Robber Hits Bank In North Center

A bank was robbed this morning in the North Center neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2010