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Jefferson Park Homeowner Creates Visual Magic, With Huge Rotating Christmas Tree Poking Through Roof; 'Go Big, Or Go Home'A Facebook video of a Christmas tree poking through the roof of a home in Jefferson Park touched a nerve with viewers, quickly becoming the top viewed story on our website on Wednesday, so we wanted to see it the magical tree in person, and boy did we get a surprise.
2 Men Break Into GameStop In Logan SquareTwo men smashed the windows at a GameStop in Logan Square early Friday morning. 
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Dozens Of Signs Coming Down In Wrigleyville Because Of Typo"Wrigleyville" was spelled wrong on dozens of signs in the neighborhood. The "E" and the "L" were flipped.
Winter Market Opening In Andersonville FridayYou'll be able to do a little holiday shopping, find handcrafted goods, vintage items and enjoy some treats.
Local Public Health Officials Are On High Alert With COVID-19 Omicron Variant Cases Being Identified In U.S.Neither Gov. JB Pritzker nor Mayor Lori Lightfoot have indicated they are looking at any shutdowns either.
Chicago Weather: Overnight Rain/SnowCBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon has your 10 p.m. RealTime Weather forecast for Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.
Former President Obama Surprises Kids At South Side YMCAFormer President Barack Obama surprised 30 Chicago teenagers Thursday at a youth sports worship at the South Side YMCA.
Tree Carrying Message 'Unmask The Kids' Appears At St. John, Indiana's Christmas In The ParkNot even the holidays are safe from debate about masking in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation. As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reports, a back-and-forth in St. John, Indiana has spread to a Christmas icon.
Mother Of Darrell Brooks Releases Letter To Victims Of Waukesha Christmas Parade TragedyDarrell Brooks' mother, Dawn Woods, released a letter to the media offering condolences to the victims. She says Brooks has had mental health issues since he was young but does not have the money or insurance to get his medication.
Armed Robbers Target People On Lakeview Sidewalks 6 Times In Past 2 WeeksPolice issued a community alert Thursday about six recent armed robberies on residential streets in Lakeview.
Prosecution Rests, Defense Calls Witnesses In Tumultuous Day At Jussie Smollett TrialBoth Abel and Ola Osundairo testified as star witnesses for the prosecution, and a defense attorney called for a mistrial and accused the judge of lunging at her. CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports.
COVID-19 Omicron Variant Found In U.S.; Local Health Officials On AlertMore cases of the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. – and travel restrictions are starting to take effect as the variant spreads. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports.
Robert Quinn Is First Bears Player Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month Since 2018Robert Quinn was named NFC defensive player of the month for November, the first Bears defender to get the honor since Eddie Jackson in 2018. CBS 2's Matt Zahn reports.
MLB Lockout Officially BeginsA Major League Baseball lockout has officially begun after the players’ union’s collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night.
Suburban Family Believes They Got False COVID Test Result from U Of I SHIELD ProgramOne northwest suburban family said a recent COVID-19 test done in their son's school turned their life upside down. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports.
Chicago Gold Star Families Memorial Tree Lighting Remembers Fallen Military And Their FamiliesJust moments ago, this tree lit up at Chicago’s Gold Star Families Memorial.
Jussie Smollett's Defense Calls For Mistrial, Accuses Judge Of LungingA defense attorney called for a mistrial in the Jussie Smollett trial Thursday, after a wild few moments in which she accused the judge of lunging at her. CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports.
Officer Carlos Yanez Attends Hearing of Men Who Shot Him and Killed Partner Ella FrenchEmotions running high in court today for a wounded Chicago police officer facing the two men accused of shooting him and killing his partner.
Robert Quinn Name NFC Defensive Player Of The Month For NovemberRobert Quinn was named NFC defensive player of the month for November, the first Bears defender to get the honor since Eddie Jackson in 2018. But if you know Quinn’s personality, you know he wasn’t exactly jumping for joy celebrating.
Chicago Weather: Wintery Mix On The WayCBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist has a check on the forecast.
Search On For Shooter Who Killed Man In Lincoln Square RobberyPolice said they are asking for help identifying the gunman who shot and killed Rae Park in the alley behind the 2600 block of West Catalpa Avenue. CBS 2's Jackie Kostek reports.
What Doctors Say About Staying Safe From COVID As The Pandemic Continues Into The Holiday SeasonAs folks ramp up social calendars with festivals like the Wrigleyville Christkindlmarket, experts say your antenna for risk should be up too. CBS 2's Chris Tye reports.
Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial In Jussie Smollett CaseDefense attorney Tamara Walker accused Judge James Linn of lunging at her. Linn denied the motion and the claim. CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports.

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