Being Black Or Gay In Chicago Makes You More Prone To Hate CrimesHate crimes rose by 24 percent last year, Chicago police data shows, with gay men and African Americans targeted more than other groups. 
Bond Set At $750,000 For Naperville Man Charged In Death Of Downers Grove Teenager Beth DunlapBond was set Tuesday at $750,000 for a Naperville man charged in the death of Downers Grove North High School student Beth Dunlap. 
Downers Grove North Student, 17, Hit By Car, Not Expected To Recover, School SaysA student at Downers Grove North High School hit by a car near the school on Tuesday will "not recover from her injuries," school officials said Friday, adding that her family is making "final arrangements." 
Wheeling Man Charged In Wife's Hot Tub DeathA Wheeling man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his wife died in the couple's backyard hot tub, police said. 
Chicago Serial Killer H.H. Holmes And His Murder Castle To Star in Hulu Series Produced By DiCaprio, ScorseseThis week, news surfaced that Hulu and Paramount Television were working on a small-screen adaptation of "The Devil In The White City," set in the 1890's during the Chicago World Fair. 
Chicago's Largest Homeless Shelter Took In About 800 People Tuesday During Night Of Deadly ColdAs temperatures plunged to dangerous wind chills Tuesday night in Chicago, a man in a wheelchair pulled up to the doors of Pacific Garden Mission, a homeless shelter that was already filled well beyond capacity with people seeking comfort from the deadly elements of the night.
'It Takes Just Five Minutes To Save A Cat's Life': How To Protect Feral Cats During The Dangerous Cold SpellThe dangerously-cold temperatures plaguing Chicago this week could be deadly for many outdoor creatures, including the estimated 200,000  feral cats that live in the Chicago area.
What Happens To Your Body In The Extreme Cold? Beware Of Hypothermia, FrostbiteThe best advice for avoiding the adverse affects of the extreme cold gripping the Chicago area this week is to stay indoors, but if you must venture out in the sub-zero temperatures, experts say to avoid frostbite and hypothermia by dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.
Lincoln Yards Plan Approved By Chicago Plan Commission Despite Opposition From Some Community GroupsA toned-down but still ambitious Lincoln Yards development plan--sans a 20,000-seat soccer stadium and large music venues--has earned the approval of 2nd Ward Ald. Brian Hopkins, but the $6 billion sprawling North Side proposal has yet to win over a coalition of community members trying to delay the city from giving it the green light.
Man Found Shot To Death In North Suburban Morton GroveThe frozen body of a man found lying between two houses Sunday morning in a residential neighborhood in suburban Morton Grove was identified Tuesday. Two days after describing the death as "suspicious," police on Tuesday said the man had been shot to death.
Bears, Beer And Brats: Tailgaters Do It Big At Soldier Field For Playoffs Game Against EaglesA cold and gray January sky was no match for the blazing grills and flowing beer that filled Soldier Field's south parking lot Sunday, as tailgaters decked out in orange and blue pre-gamed before the Chicago Bears took on the Philadelphia Eagles in the wildcard round of the NFC playoffs.