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Chicago, The Windy City, is filled with incredible and exciting things to.  There are fun things to do with kids this weekend and always concerts in Chicago tonight.  Whatever it is you might be seeking at any point in time, there is a very good chance it is happening somewhere in Chicago. 

Our very helpful Chicago Travel Guide can be of assistance as you determine what you want to do and perhaps hotels near me in Chicago and the best restaurants.  It’s always best to check out any great city with a travel guide and a game plan for your action!

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

What are some top attractions in Chicago?

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

Chicago is simply overflowing with arts and culture.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum or the Chicago History Museum.  You can also check out the Art Institute Of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

If you are seeking performing arts then Chicago is the place for you.  Chicago is home the Hamilton Chicago and of course the Joffrey Ballet.  There is also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera. 

The city is also a huge sports town.  You can always find the upcoming events and schedules at ThingsToDoInChicago.co.  We have the Bears Schedule, Northwestern Football Schedule, and of course all the hockey action with the Blackhawks and Chicago Wolves

Check out some live action of a recent concert in Chicago:

Getting To Chicago

Chicago is a favorite tourist destination. It is one of the best cities in the US with world-class museums and restaurants and it is home to Jazz and comedy. It is known as the Windy City. Of course, getting there first is most important, so it is helpful to know a few things about the airports.

Midway can handle all of the major airlines and is one great option for flying to Chicago. If you charter your bus beforehand can save valuable time and produce your journey a lot more pleasant. The rental car buses depart with just a few folks. When travelling in a bigger group, the typical taxi or limo services are not able to cater for such parties within a car.

The airport provides a number of shops to pass the moment. Smaller airports are not going to provide that sort of exposure. O’Hare International Airport provides an assortment of choices for vehicle rentals. Midway International Airport is in the middle of a large dining overhaul. If you’re planning to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), you’ve got ten car rental companies to pick from.

Based on the pick up location and destination of your journey, an alternate taxicab service may be the best option for you. Chicago Destinations While traveling to Chicago learns more about the region and the places you may visit when you remain in the region. Chicago Destinations Your visit to the Windy City is certain to be fun and full of excitement.

Chicago Growth And Development – Entertainment and Living Options

To stay on top of all the best things to do in Chicago or any city, you must be aware of all the new development and amazing places being constructed to lure in residents and give people a nice quality of life. There is a mammoth new development in Chicago called The 78. It’s a $7 Billion plus mega-project that will include entertainment options and venues. In fact, the entire city is under an immense new construction boom. It truly is remarkable how much new development is going on for a major, established city. Just check out the new digs around the Northwestern campus as well. Incredible.

Chicago 2020 Broadway Season Is Something Special

Broadway In Chicago really did it big time in 2020. Some true smash hits from Broadway are coming to town. Dear Evan Hansen is returning to the Windy City after a super successful run in 2019. Sensational musicals Mean Girls, Frozen, and Come From Away will also be in Chicago this coming season. It’s a power packed year for theatre lovers in Chicagoland.

Shedd Aquarium

The aquarium is always a big hit and an excellent place to take the kids. Also a perfect trip for a school field trip. Shedd in Chicago is no different. Shedd said please don’t hesitate to nurse anywhere you’re comfortable. Shedd has a rather prosperous penguin breeding program. Shedd is a well-known place and can readily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Shedd also receives a huge part of its power consumption from solar power, and it’s always increasing. In reality, Shedd has also made tremendous progress in the field of waste management.

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, zip code 60605.

It is possible to re-enter the Aquarium if you maintain your ticket. You only have to go to Shedd Aquarium! In general, Shedd Aquarium is a good location for families to devote an enjoyable weekend at. If you prefer to be part of the Shedd Aquarium’s workforce, you can volunteer for sure positions. Shedd Aquarium is among the world’s biggest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 creatures. Shedd Aquarium is among the most fascinating areas to visit when in the Chicago region. You can’t tour the complete Shedd Aquarium in simply a day so instead join their membership to visit it frequently. Perhaps check out the Shedd Aquarium for catching a concert at the Aragon Ballroom.

You can leave and return inside if you maintain your ticket. When you purchase your tickets, make certain that you reserve your time for any shows you would love to see as you will require a ticket to enter. Buying tickets early is almost always a fantastic idea. They can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased. If you wish to find discounted tickets, take a look at the discount section above.

Hotels In Chicago


When visiting Chicago of course it is imperative to check out all the hotels in Chicago so you can make the best choice for what you want. There are hundreds and hundreds of great hotels to choose from. The Centrally Situated Palmer House Hotel – The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel Has Been a great stay for our family . This Hilton hotel is centrally situated and just two blocks from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. We walked to almost anything we did. We got tired, Lyft and Uber automobile services delivered us as taking public transportation, about the same cost. Named after its proprietor his hotel burned from the Great Chicago Fire. 

Today, the hotel is a popular place to go for social gatherings in its spectacular lobby. This could be a great option for after a Thalia Hall Concert or after a long drive back from a Notre Dame Football game. This hotel takes you back with ceilings offering guests of business conferences and weddings both hospitality and old world charm. Our loved using the Executive Floor Lounge. For everyone remaining floors, the lounge provides evening hor doeuvres and breakfast. The lounge is an upgrade in the fun element and a family. To give you a notion of how Hilton Palmer Parker House is at Chicago, here’s the distance from the hotel and a list of Chicago restaurants and nearby attractions. We walked to all except the Museum of Industry and Science. 

Chicago Attractions – The Art Institute along with Millennium Park – Willis Tower – Field Museum of Natural History – John Hancock – Water Tower Place – John G Shedd Aquarium – Adler Planetarium – Lincoln Park Zoo – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago restaurants – Als Beef – Giordanos – Lou Malnatis – Xoco – The Purple Pig – Portillos – Self Guided Walking Chicago Food Tour – I Really like to sample food in Various cities, but there’s never Appear to be sufficient meals. Thats where food tours come in. Rather than joining one, we created our very own Chicago food tour with the aid of knowledgeable friends. 

Who says you need to eat a whole meal at one restaurant? These innovative meals work when there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Map them out on Google Maps along with make your very own Chicago food tour. Appetizer: Charcuterie in The Purple Pig – First Course: hotdogs At Portillos – Second Course: An Italian sandwich in Als Steak – Dessert: Churros with chocolate in Xoco – Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Im not going to get into that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars. They’re all Chicago classics in their very own right.

Bulls beat Charlotte as All-Stars return, but was it really worth it?Joe Cowleyon May 7, 2021 at 2:49 am


The win over the Hornets, to go along with the Toronto loss to Washington, still kept the Bulls four games back in the chase for a final play-in spot, but could be doing harm to the dwindling lottery odds they have left.

Much of the focus from the new Bulls regime at the start of this season was getting the likes of a Zach LaVine into position to play a “meaningful game.’’

They continued to give themselves that chance on Thursday, after getting a few All-Stars back in the starting lineup and then hammering the Hornets in Charlotte 120-99.

Center Nikola Vucevic returned from a sore hip to score 29 points and grab 14 rebounds, while LaVine played his first game since being sidelined with a positive coronavirus, scoring 13 in 27 minutes of work.

With Washington beating Toronto in overtime, the Bulls stayed within four games of the Wizards for that final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference, leaving the remaining six games meaningful to a certain extent.

The problem, however, is the most meaningful game could be one the Bulls want LaVine and Vucevic nowhere near.

Next Thursday, the Bulls host Toronto in what could be two disappointing teams wrapping up the regular season. At least on the surface.

What’s really on the line, however, is about 5%.

Following Thursday, the two teams are now separated by just a half game, with the Bulls sitting in the 11th seed in the East and the Raptors 12th. In lottery land, however, that puts the Bulls at No. 8 and the Raptors now at No. 7 in the loss to the Wizards.

Big deal?

It is if you no longer have a first round pick unless you land in the top four and that pick is protected.

That’s the situation the Bulls find themselves in with just six games left to play. If lottery luck gives them the cold shoulder on June 22, and they land five or higher that 2021 pick goes to Orlando as part of the Nikola Vucevic deal.

The No. 7 team has a 31.9% chance of landing in the top four, while it drops to 26.3% for the No. 8 team. When there’s two talented point guards like a Cade Cunningham and Jalen Suggs expected to go in that top four, every percentage point counts.

According to Bulls coach Billy Donovan, there have been no discussions with executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas about sitting players as of yet, but could that change by next week?

After all, the difference between missing the playoffs and still having a top four pick, as well as an All-Star in Vucevic, compared to missing the playoffs without a first-round addition from a very talented draft class is night and day.

The Bulls would only have a 7.5% chance of landing No. 1 if they could regain that seven spot, but this is an organization that defied lottery odds before, hitting on a 1.7% in 2008, landing Derrick Rose.

So while it looks like the numbers are stacked against them no matter where they finish, this is still about playing the odds.

Now try selling that to the current Bulls players, especially LaVine, after he missed 11 games in the NBA health and safety protocol.

“I mean, I’m not that type of guy,’’ LaVine said, when asked about being shutdown by his bosses at some point. “Obviously, if that conversation comes up, it won’t be coming from me.

“If that conversation comes up, it may or may not, but for me I want to go out there and play.’’

The Hornets found that out from both LaVine and Vucevic, as the one-two punch did their damage in a 34-point first quarter and a 37-point third quarter.

According to Vucevic, however, LaVine’s presence was the key.

“It was huge,’’ the big man said after the game. “Obviously we’re a much different team with Zach out there, obviously a much better team with him in the lineup.’’

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White Sox injuries, thinned out lineup leaves less margin for managerial mistakesDaryl Van Schouwenon May 7, 2021 at 12:52 am

mpire Sam Holbrook talks with White Sox Tony La Russa during the ninth inning of a game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The Reds won 1-0. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster) | AP Photos

Maybe if Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Adam Engel were all healthy, none of the admitted mistakes Tony La Russa made in his first 29 games would be viewed as monumental.

Maybe if Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Adam Engel were all healthy, none of the admitted mistakes manager Tony La Russa has made in his first 29 games would be viewed as monumental.

Maybe Jimenez hits one out of the park against Sonny Gray and the Sox beat the Reds 1-0 Wednesday instead of losing 1-0 in 10 innings and La Russa doesn’t use closer Liam Hendriks needlessly and doesn’t get exposed for not knowing a rule.

Maybe good speed, no hit outfielder Billy Hamilton isn’t put in the difficult position – for him – to drive in the tying run in the 10th, an assignment La Russa allowed him to undertake. Maybe Leury Garcia, in an inexplicable decision in the view of almost everyone except La Russa doesn’t try to steal second base and get thrown out by Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart, an attempt leading perplexed Sox radio voice Darrin Jackson to say on the air, “I don’t know what we’re doing out there.”

Because of the injuries, the Sox aren’t the team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf thought he was handing to La Russa to manage. And because they aren’t that team, the margin for error in the dugout has been lessened.

And so the spotlight has brightened on a Hall of Fame manager who has a growing number of people in the Sox organization wondering if he’s up to the task.

“There are a lot of things where you watch and say it’s isolated,” an organization source said of La Russa’s decisions and the latest misstep (not knowing a rule) Wednesday, “but yet it’s not. They keep happening.”

The rest of the baseball world has watched the 76-year-old La Russa guide the Sox to a 16-13 record and trailing first place Cleveland (17-13) by a half game going into a weekend series against division rival Kansas City (16-14). One division scout said it’s too soon to declare the hire a mistake on May 7. But the concerns that were immediately voiced when La Russa was hired haven’t gone away.

“There have been some obvious questions whether he has the energy and focus to really stay locked in for a whole game,” the scout said. “Not knowing the extra-inning base running rules isn’t good, but it’s not the end of the world either. Let’s see how he handles the bullpen, pinch hitting, defensive replacements, how often he mixes and matches to supplement the injury losses.”

The buck stops with La Russa and he accepted blame for not knowing the rule, but he has an entire staff including bench coach Miguel Cairo, third base coach and former bench coach Joe McEwing, former manager Jerry Narron and others who apparently didn’t know that Jose Abreu could have been the free runner at second base in the 10th inning Wednesday instead of having $54 million closer Liam Hendriks risk an injury trying to score a tying run while running the bases for the second time in his career.

That, along with La Russa saying he didn’t know Lucas Giolito was out of gas when he was left in to let a game get away from him starts ago, admittedly leaving Matt Foster in a game too long while he took a pounding against the Mariners on the first road trip, were head scratchers. Things like batting Jake Lamb fifth, not batting Andrew Vaughn enough and giving Hamilton too many at-bats have also been disputed.

All of it has left observers wondering what happens if there is another misstep, and whether it gets to a place where Reinsdorf asks La Russa – because he has admitted mistakes — if they should reconsider the remarriage, although that quite possibly could be the furthest thing from the mind of either one. Few would expect Reinsdorf to pull the plug in La Russa’s first year back after he called letting former GM Ken Harrelson fire him in 1986 one of his biggest regrets.

La Russa is, after all, the third winningest manager in baseball history and has won three World Series. With starting pitching that leads the AL in ERA, a talented bullpen and probably enough offense to get by, the Sox aren’t going down in flames any time soon. Perhaps he needs a few more weeks to get a handle on the capabilities of his roster.

“We haven’t hit our stride yet,” the organization source said. “Is Tony going to cost us some games? I hope not.”

NOTES: The first game of the Sox doubleheader against the Royals next Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field was switched from 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Game 2 is 7:10 p.m. with both games seven innings.

*Despite Tony La Russa’s relationship with 41-year-old future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols from their days together with the Cardinals, the Sox were not expected to sign the DH-first baseman who was released by the Angels Thursday.

*Friday starter Carlos Rodon owns a 3.69 ERA in seven career starts against the Royals. Rodon led the AL in April in ERA (0.72), average (.085), slugging percentage (.146), OPS (.348), WHIP (0.64) and hits per nine innings (2.52) over four starts.

*Veteran outfielder Brian Goodwin, signed to a minor league deal this week, was assigned to Class AAA Charlotte.

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12-year-old boy critically wounded in South Side shootingSophie Sherryon May 7, 2021 at 12:59 am

A 12-year-old boy was critically hurt in a shooting May 6, 2021 on the South Side.
A 12-year-old boy was critically hurt in a shooting May 6, 2021 on the South Side. | Sun-Times file photo

The boy was shot in the chest inside a home in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, Chicago police said.

A 12-year-old boy was listed in critical condition after he was shot Thursday night on the South Side, officials say.

Shortly before 7 p.m., the boy was shot in a home in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, Chicago police said.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said. He was listed in critical condition, according to Chicago fire officials.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Just five weeks to reopening? Or two months? Pritzker and Lightfoot at odds, yet again, on COVID-19 restrictionsMitchell Armentrouton May 7, 2021 at 1:32 am

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference at McCormick Place, Tuesday morning as Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference at McCormick Place, Tuesday morning as Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that barring another surge of infections, he’ll let the state fully reopen June 11.  It’s the clearest timeline Pritzker has set for most of the state to return to business as usual — and one that puts him in disagreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is sticking to a more conservative potential reopening date of July 4.

An ordeal that left many feeling like there was no end in sight might finally be coming to a close.

With coronavirus case numbers heading in the right direction, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced he’ll lift more COVID-19 business restrictions across Illinois next week — and barring another surge of infections, he’ll let the state fully reopen June 11.

Fourteen months into the pandemic, it’s the clearest timeline Pritzker has set for most of the state to return to business as usual — and one that puts him at odds yet again with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is sticking to a more conservative potential reopening date of July 4 for Chicago.

But even with the light at the end of the tunnel “getting brighter and brighter,” it’s still no sure bet, the governor cautioned during a Loop news conference.

“This good news comes with a caveat. We have all seen throughout this pandemic that this virus and its variants have proven to be unpredictable,” Pritzker said. “Metrics that look strong today are far from a guarantee of how things will look a week, two weeks, a month from now. We saw that last August and again last March.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks to the media on Thursday.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks to the media on Thursday.

That was the last time a spike in cases threw off the governor’s reopening plan. Illinois was on track to get to Pritzker’s intermediate “bridge phase” in late March until cases started trending back upward.

Now, with Illinois’ coronavirus testing positivity rate back down to 3% — its lowest point in six weeks — and more than 60% of the population at least partially vaccinated, the state is in line to get to the bridge May 14.

That means museums, amusement parks and zoos will be able to increase capacity from 25% to 60%, while festivals and other general admission outdoor events will be able to seat 30 people per 1,000 square feet. Additionally, meetings, conferences and conventions will see their capacity limit increase to either 1,000 people or 60% — whichever is less — with the same applying to theaters and performing arts venues.

After that, as long as residents follow basic COVID-19 precautions, keep signing up for vaccinations and help stave off another spike in infections, all of Pritzker’s business restrictions will be lifted June 11, he said.

“We want to keep moving forward,” Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “To do that, we need to get more and more individuals vaccinated, and we’re working to make the vaccines available in as many locations as possible.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens as state Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike briefs the media on Thursday.
Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens as state Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike briefs the media on Thursday.

Pritzker’s timeline would put the rest of the state about three weeks ahead of Chicago, where Lightfoot earlier this week said she’s aiming to fully open for business by July 4.

The mayor’s office said the city is “on course” to move to Pritzker’s bridge phase along with the rest of the state, but will stick to its own reopening timeline.

“While we have made significant progress and look forward to taking this step next week, we will only be able to fully reopen when we see continued improvement in COVID metrics and more widespread vaccine uptake,” a mayoral spokesperson said in an email. “We call on all Chicagoans to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to continue following the safety precautions so that we can experience all that Chicago has to offer this summer.”

Throughout the pandemic, Pritzker has given local governments leeway to impose COVID-19 restrictions that are tighter than his own, and Lightfoot often has done just that.

“I know that the mayor has said July 4 is what she’s aiming at,” Pritzker said. “I’m sure that she’s motivated to try to get there sooner, but this is where we can move to as a state.”

New COVID-19 cases by day

Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

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Still, the governor stressed it might not happen if people don’t keep signing up for shots.

With the latest 99,599 COVID-19 shots that went into Illinois arms Wednesday, more than a third of the population is now fully vaccinated, but the state is now averaging just 70,063 shots given per day over the past week — a rate that has fallen almost in half since April 12.

And despite the state’s progress in lowering case counts, the virus is still causing grief across the state. In addition to 1,778 new cases of the disease, officials reported 40 more COVID-19 deaths, including a man in his 30s from McLean County in central Illinois.

The state’s death toll is up to 22,136 among more than 1.3 million residents who have tested positive over since March 2020.

“This pandemic is not over. But if we’re going to truly end it, we have to make sure that we don’t see another surge in the virus, and the best way to do that is for everyone to get vaccinated,” Pritzker said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 24 in Springfield.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 24 in Springfield.

As part of that effort, Pritzker announced doses are now being allocated to more than a thousand private physicians’ offices.

The life saving vaccines remain free and readily available on a walk-up basis at government-run mass vaccination sites as well as many Walgreens, Walmart and CVS pharmacies.

For help finding an appointment in Chicago, visit zocdoc.com or call (312) 746-4835.

For suburban Cook County sites, visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call (833) 308-1988.

To find providers elsewhere, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov or call (833) 621-1284.

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Opera on your phone; CSO (lite), live and in personDeanna Isaacson May 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm


While Chicago opera plays on your phone, Symphony Center announces May opening.

We’ll have to wait until sometime this summer to get the video stream Lyric Opera’s promising of last weekend’s performance of the garage opera, Twilight: Gods. Like a picnic version of a gourmet meal, that event was more about the environment than the opera, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it works onscreen.  
In the meantime, Lyric’s lineup of free streaming music (at lyricopera.org) just got a boost from the addition of the 2021 production of the Ryan Opera Center’s “Rising Stars in Concert”—the annual showcase for the routinely terrific young singers at Lyric’s training center.…Read More

2 hospitalized after Corvette rear-ends sedan, catches fire on I-94Sun-Times Wireon May 7, 2021 at 12:26 am

Two men were hospitalized May 6, 2021 in a crash on I-94.
Two men were hospitalized May 6, 2021, after a crash on I-94 near 35th Street. | File photo

A 77-year-old man driving a 1979 Chevy Corvette rear-ended a Buick LaCrosse while traveling in the I-94 express lane near 35th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

Two men were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after a 1979 Chevy Corvette rear-ended a sedan and caught on fire on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 35th Street.

A 77-year-old man driving the Corvette rear-ended a Buick LaCrosse about 2:05 p.m. while traveling south in the I-94 express lane near 35th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

Following the crash, the 77-year-old pulled over onto the shoulder and exited his Corvette, which then caught on fire, state police said.

He and the driver of the Buick, a 27-year-old man, were taken to area hospitals both with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, state police said.

Three lanes of I-94 southbound were closed until about 3 p.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Medical examiner releases Adam Toledo autopsy detailson May 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

Police, paramedics and another county investigator initially believed 13-year-old Adam Toledo — a seventh grader who weighed 91 pounds and was 5 feet tall — was at least 20 years old when a Chicago police officer shot and killed him in March, according to city and county documents.

The Chicago Sun-Times reviewed the medical examiner’s autopsy report, a medical examiner’s investigator report from the scene of the shooting, a Chicago Fire Department report and a Chicago Police Department incident report.

A Chicago police officer fatally shot Adam in the early morning hours of Monday, March 29 after chasing him down an alley next to Farragut Career Academy in Little Village. A gun was found near where Adam was shot.

Police were in the area responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot detector alert. The fatal encounter was captured on police-worn body cameras and was released to the public in April which prompted mass protestst and national attention.

Latino leaders earlier this week called on a moratorium on police foot pursuits and last month also called for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the shooting of Adam.

The autopsy report concluded Adam was killed by a single bullet which entered the left side of his chest and exited the right side of his back. It made no note of any “soot deposition or gunpowder particles” on his clothing. Police also took samples of clothing to test for gunshot residue before the start of the autopsy, but no results have been provided to the Sun-Times.

Adam had a tattoo on his right wrist, according to the medical examiner, but no photos were included in autopsy documents provided to the Sun-Times.

Adam was shot on March 29 at 2:38 a.m. and pronounced dead on arrival at 2:46 a.m. by the CFD paramedics, according to the reports.

Chicago police reported Adam’s death to the medical examiner’s office at 4:09 a.m. — 83 minutes after CFD had pronounced him dead — according to a medical examiner investigation case report.

A police spokesman declined to comment on why it took officers that long to notify the medical examiner’s office of the shooting, but noted death scenes develop differently.

For example, when someone dies due to natural causes, officers typically are able to report the death to the medical examiner much more quickly than if it is a shooting death that requires more investigation.

Still, a county ordinance requires police to notify the medical examiner of deaths “immediately” and “within one hour of their becoming aware of the death.”

The medical examiner investigation report also leaves some questions about how long its investigator was on site. The investigator failed to document what time they arrived on the scene or what time they left.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said Thursday the investigator had enough time to take photos of the scene and obtain collect other information but couldn’t say when they arrived.

The investigator did document that Adam was fatally shot by police after officers were responding to “a call of shots fired.” At the time of the report, the identity of Adam was “Unknown” — Adam was carrying no ID. The investigator also listed Adam as between 21 and 30 years old.

That estimate of Adam’s age would not change until he was eventually identified two days later, on March 31.

Ruben Roman, a 21-year-old man who was in the alley that night, was arrested not long before Adam was shot. He gave a fake name for Adam and also denied knowing him, a Cook County prosecutor said. That hampered efforts to identify Adam, CPD Supt. David Brown has said.

According to the original CPD incident report, the investigator from the medical examiner’s office gave approval for Adam’s body to be transported from the scene. He was picked up at 5:02 a.m. and, 19 minutes later, arrived at the morgue.

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Man charged with Austin double shooting in Decemberon May 6, 2021 at 11:39 pm

A man is facing charges after allegedly shooting two women in December on the West Side.

Joshua Jones, 26, is charged with felony aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm, Chicago police said.

He was allegedly identified as the gunman in the incident, which happened Dec. 23, 2020, in the 4800 block of West Harrison Street, police said. Two women, 22 and 24 years old, were traveling in a vehicle that day when Jones allegedly opened fire, striking them both.

Jones was arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Chicago Fugitive Apprehension Unit Tuesday at Stateville Correctional Center, where he is serving an 8 year sentence for a felony gun conviction, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records and police.

He is due in bond court Friday.

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‘Wrath of Man’: Bullets fly every which way in Jason Statham thriller, and so does the ploton May 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm

During one of the many, many, armored-car heist sequences in “Wrath of Man,” the assailants splatter the windows with black paint, leaving the driver of the vehicle and his partner in the dark, unable to tell what the hell is going on and why.

Great. Now they know how we feel.

Guy Ritchie’s latest effort — a remake of the 2004 French film “Le Convoyeur” aka “Cash Truck” — plays like a half-hearted cover version of Ritchie’s best kinetic actioners, so why do we need this when we already have “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch” and even last year’s fantastically cockeyed “The Gentlemen”?

Spoiler alert: We don’t.

Tired, uninspired and meandering, “Wrath of Man” is a step backward for Ritchie, a step sideways for the stoic-for-life Jason Statham (reteaming with Ritchie for the first time in 16 years) and a misstep for anyone who invests their time and money on 118 minutes of such convoluted and forgettable nonsense. This is the kind of movie where even the poster isn’t consistent with the film itself; the advertising artwork depicts a bruised Statham in a beautifully tailored suit, indicating he might be playing some sort of high-end bodyguard or elite jewel thief or millionaire mercenary, when in fact his character shambles about in Dad Khakis, black zip-up sweaters and security guard uniforms.

Much more disconcerting is a storyline that serpentines this way and that, hopping all over the timeline — a favorite hallmark of Ritchie’s, but rarely employed to such underwhelming effect. A whiplash-inducing change in P.O.V. leaves Statham on the sidelines for a good chunk of time and makes us feel as if we’ve been plunged into an entirely different movie, for no great reason. If we’re gonna have a Jason Statham movie, let’s have Jason Statham around nearly all of the time — and oh yeah, let’s not disguise him in body armor and a reflective helmet in the penultimate action scene, making it virtually impossible to distinguish him from a half-dozen other gun-wielding men.

Statham plays Patrick Hill, a security specialist who has just been hired as an armed guard at a private, Los Angeles-based cash truck firm known as Fortico Securities. On Hill’s first day on the job, the veteran and likable Bullet (Holt McCallany from “Mindhunter”), the de facto clubhouse leader of the organization, dubs him H, “like the bomb or Jesus H,” ha ha ha. Our man H barely passed the firearm accuracy and driving tests to qualify for the job, and his new partner, the cocky Boy Sweat Dave (Josh Hartnett), mocks H and tells him to stay out of his way — but when the bleep hits the fan and armed gunmen try to take down the truck, Boy Sweat Dave is more like Flop Sweat Dave, and H coolly and efficiently mows down every last henchman. Something doesn’t add up about this guy, says Eddie Marsan’s Terry, the exec who runs the company — a sentiment echoed by a number of others who see H in action and realize he’s not some journeyman security guard.

Gee. Ya think?

Turns out H runs his own elite squad of lethal killers, and though it’s not entirely clearly what these guys specialize in, they spring into action and start hunting down, torturing and executing suspects after H’s son Dougie (Eli Brown) is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is gunned down. (We learn the full story in flashback.) Meanwhile, as H thwarts yet ANOTHER attempted robbery of a Fortico armored car, we shift gears and find ourselves in a movie about a group of disgruntled, restless and bored American combat veterans who start pulling off heists because they’re, well, disgruntled, restless and bored.

Top-tier actors such as Jeffrey Donovan, who plays the leader of the squad, a family man with a loving wife and two adoring children, and Scott Eastwood, portraying the obligatory scar-faced, crazy-eyed, bloodthirsty killer who’s in it more for the action than the money, are wasted in paper-thin roles. But at least we know who these guys are and what they’re all about, as opposed to Andy Garcia’s Agent King, who is apparently the king of all agents at … some agency, and either used to be or still is H’s boss and exists primarily to look the other way while H presides over the murders of a number of notorious scumbags who might have been tied to his son’s murder.

After an overlong heist sequence that only serves to remind us how difficult it is to match up to films such as “Heat,” there’s an epilogue that’s entirely unsurprising and not the least bit satisfying, in large part because the main villain was never fleshed out and just seems like the last in a long, long line of killers and thieves who find themselves on the wrong end of H’s gun.

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