clock menu more-arrow no yes

On Instagram

Stories featured on our Instagram page. Follow us for the best photos from around the city @chicagosuntimes.

Filed under:

Fans, team celebrate Sky’s WNBA title: ‘I think it’s going to make the city a little happier’

Fans gathered in Millennium Park and along the Michigan Avenue parade route to celebrate the team’s first title.

Filed under:

Sky championship parade and rally: Photos from the celebration

The Sky players and their fans have been having a good time celebrating the franchise’s first championship Tuesday in Chicago.

Filed under:

Compliance with COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers worst among police, firefighters

Out of 12,770 CPD employees, 4,543 had failed to report their vaccine status by the midnight Friday deadline. On Monday, employees who have defied the mandate were being called in by their supervisors and given one last chance to report their vaccine status on the city’s portal.

Filed under:

She never planned to get vaccinated. Seeing other pregnant women die from COVID changed her mind.

Only a third of pregnant women are fully vaccinated, according to recent CDC data, despite having a higher risk of severe illness if they contract the virus.

Filed under:

Sky win their first WNBA title after explosive fourth quarter

As the buzzer sounded, blue and gold confetti blotted out the arena lights, falling to the floor in celebration of the Sky’s first WNBA title after beating the Mercury 80-74.

Filed under:

After 4 decades apart, ‘true love’ finally triumphs for couple who met in college at Loyola

Jeanne Gustavson fell hard for Stephen Watts. But her family didn’t approve because she’s white, he’s Black. They couldn’t make it work. Now, having come through marriages, divorces, retirement and serious health problems, they’re back together once more.

Filed under:

The cats are back! Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes back lions to new wildlife center

With a new $41 million wildlife center, the zoo is now home to a new pride of African lions, as well as two red pandas, two Canada lynx and a pair of snow leopards.

Filed under:

Plea from grandmother of girl shot at Bronzeville high school: ‘I’m assuming this baby that shot my baby is crying for help ... God will help you’

"I understand that maybe you’re in some pain, baby, and maybe you’re hurt, and I understand that. I’m hurting too. My grandbaby is in a lot of pain."

Filed under:

CPS allows unvaccinated teachers, staff to opt for testing over shots — for now

As of Wednesday, 86% of CPS employees have submitted proof of vaccination, district records show.

Filed under:

Timuel Black, historian, civil rights activist, dies at 102

Mr. Black, a political and civil rights activist, educator, historian, prolific author and revered elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s Black community, died Wednesday.

Filed under:

FOP president urges police officers to ignore city mandate to report vaccination status — predicts 50% cut in cops on street

FOP President John Catanzara instructed rank-and-file officers to report to work Friday and be sent home for not having reported their vaccine status. Asked to respond, a mayoral spokesperson said they would have "no statement."

Filed under:

Michael Jordan-autographed trading card sells for record $2.7 million

Only 23 copies exist of the card, which features Jordan’s signature and a patch from the jersey he wore in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.

Filed under:

Lawmakers, tribe members say Monday’s holiday should honor Indigenous peoples — instead of Columbus — across Illinois

Politicians and activists from across Cook County said those defending Columbus Day need to recognize the colonialism and violence associated with the explorer.

Filed under:

Meet ‘Cane Guy,’ the lifelong White Sox fan who worked his magic in Game 3 win

‘He’s Gandalf!’ his son declared, and, yes, he’ll be at Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday afternoon.

Filed under:

Seifu Tura Abdiwak, Ruth Chepngetich win elite races at 2021 Chicago Marathon

Daniel Romanchuk and Tatyana McFadden are the winners in the wheelchair competition.

Filed under:

As Jelani Day remembered at service, mourners pray for healing, answers

"The journey does not stop here," his mother Carmen Bolden Day said. "I’m only getting ready to lay Jelani to rest. But I can’t rest because I don’t know what happened to him."

Filed under:

Have a ball in the mall: Empty Macy’s at Water Tower Place becomes Dr. Seuss wonderland

Visitors to the temporary exhibit can interact with the Cat in the Hat, fish for presents in a Grinch room and hunt for the characters from ‘There’s a Wocket in My Pocket.’

Filed under:

President Biden in Elk Grove Village boosts business vaccine requirements, takes poke at Fox News

In a suburban Chicago speech pushing businesses to mandate COVID vaccines or weekly tests, Biden said, in a stage whisper, "Fox News requires vaccinations for all employees. Give me a break. Fox News."

Filed under:

University of Chicago receives largest ever estate gift

The $50 million bequest is expected to help fund the university’s commitments to "educational access and financial aid," among other things.

Filed under:

Crane collapses in Edgewater Beach, no injuries reported but apartment building partially evacuated

The crane collapsed in the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue where work is being done on the Red Line, knocking down power lines and crushing a car,

Filed under:

Sky advance to WNBA Finals after beating Sun in Game 4

The Sky became the first No. 6 seed to reach the Finals under the league’s new playoff format, beating the No. 1 Sun 79-69.

Filed under:

Bears name rookie QB Justin Fields the starter going forward

Coach Matt Nagy made the announcement Wednesday, saying Fields "has done everything to show us that he’s ready for this opportunity."

Filed under:

Southern Illinois’ hospital ICU situation improving, but ‘we’re still really preparing for the next wave’

Critical care units across the region’s 22 hospitals are still operating at 79% capacity, but that’s better than the past few weeks.

Filed under:

Cook County commissioners delay vote on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Columbus Day will remain a holiday in Cook County for now after a vote to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day was delayed. The resolution faced pushback from local Italian American organizations. It was the second time a vote on the issue was postponed this year.

Filed under:

Texas ban renews activism for abortion rights at Chicago rally, with a new generation ‘coming to the fight’

The downtown rally and subsequent march was part of "Defend Abortion Access," a network of protests happening across the nation, in the wake of the most restrictive anti-abortion law yet that went into effect in Texas last month.

Filed under:

You pay more in property taxes because 27,288 Cook County homeowners pay nothing

As disabled vets, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former Ald. James Balcer are among those with tax bills of $0. Income isn’t a factor in getting the tax break for disabled vets. In some states, it is.

Filed under:

‘The dog woke us up ... He’s the hero:’ Puppies rescued after several buildings catch fire in Fuller Park

Firefighters responded early Thursday to the 4900 block of South Princeton Avenue.

Filed under:

Bears move toward new stadium by buying Arlington Park property for $197M

The team announced its Purchase and Sale Agreement with Churchill Downs today, moving it closer to building a new stadium in the northwest suburbs.

Filed under:

Obamas break ground on presidential center, calling it way ‘to give back to Chicago and to the South Side’

The city’s first couple, who no longer live full time in the city, took a walk down memory lane, going over why they chose Jackson Park for the center. But the former president promised the center won’t just be "an exercise in nostalgia or looking backwards."

Filed under:

Portillo’s sets sights on 600 restaurants

The chain’s initial public offering is expected once the SEC reviews the company’s filing.

Filed under:

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly, 54, guilty of all nine counts, including racketeering. Kelly wore a face mask below black-rimmed glasses, remaining motionless with eyes downcast, as the verdict was read in federal court in Brooklyn.

Filed under:

R. Kelly faces more charges in Chicago, elsewhere, so what happens next?

The R&B singer will confront that question after a roughly five-week trial featuring 45 government witnesses that ended with the singer facing 10 years to life in prison. The remaining federal case in Chicago, where he is charged with child pornography and obstruction of justice, is just as perilous.