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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  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.

Man fatally shot in South Shoreon April 11, 2021 at 7:35 am

A 54-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in South Shore.

The man was standing outside about 12:15 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Jeffery Boulevard when someone shot him, Chicago police said.

He sustained nine gunshot wounds to the back and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

A witness told officers they saw the gunman fire shots from inside a gray Chrysler, according to police.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on his death.

No one is in custody as Area One detectives investigate.

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Timberwolves owner: A-Rod, partner in agreement to buy NBA clubon April 11, 2021 at 4:07 am

MINNEAPOLIS — Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said.

The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league.

The Athletic first reported the $1.5 billion sale.

Under the conditions of the deal, Taylor would keep control of the club for the next two years and bring on Rodriguez and Lore as partners until a handover in 2023. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Taylor said their connection went “terrifically well” and that he was “happy” and excited” about what’s to come.

“They’ve asked that I would be there for any decisions that would need to be made,” Taylor said. “I would enjoy that. I love teaching people. These are a couple of very bright guys, and I think it could be helpful to the club and I think I could be helpful to them so that they feel confident once they take over 100%.”

Taylor, who put the teams on the market last year, said he was first approached by Rodriguez and Lore a week ago. The pair traveled to meet Taylor and his wife at their winter home in Naples, Florida. Taylor, who turns 80 on April 20, has spoken with numerous suitors over the years but taken a deliberate approach to finding a buyer he’s comfortable with. He said he’s done that with Rodriguez and Lore.

“I was concerned if I got ill or something happened to me what would happen to the club. This gives me a path that I know it’s going to happen. I feel confident that they’ll take care of the franchise and move it ahead,” Taylor said.

Throughout the sale process, he told interested parties that keeping the franchises in town was a prerequisite for purchase.

“There was no use talking to them if they didn’t agree to that,” Taylor said.

The Timberwolves, who entered the league in 1989 as an expansion club, were on their way to New Orleans in 1994 before Taylor, a lifelong Minnesotan who built his fortune from a small commercial printing business, bought the team for $88 million.

As part of the renovations at Target Center that were initiated in 2016, the team’s lease with the city of Minneapolis carries a $50 million penalty if it were to be broken prior to 2035.

Rodriguez and Lore are 50-50 partners in the deal, Taylor said.

The 45-year-old Rodriguez hit 696 home runs over 22 major league seasons, with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. His last season on the field was 2016, marking the end of marvelous career that was tainted by performance enhancing drug use he later admitted to. Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating Major League Baseball policy.

Lore became Walmart’s e-commerce chief in 2016, when the retail giant bought his startup in an attempt to boost online business. Lore notified Walmart on Jan. 31 of his intent to leave the company. The 49-year-old Lore will continue to serve in a consulting role as a strategic adviser through September.

Rodriguez and Lore confirmed the agreement in a statement distributed to ESPN.

“We look forward to entering this phase of the process with Glen Taylor. Our respect for him and the legacy he has built lays an amazing foundation for what is to come. We are excited by the prospect of getting to know the Timberwolves organization,” the statement said.

Rodriguez was the headliner in a group that tried to purchase the New York Mets last year, before dropping out. Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen bought the club instead.

The background on the biggest stages of major sports that Rodriguez has was intriguing to Taylor.

“I just think he understands leadership and what it takes and the different ways that you can coach and motivate people,” Taylor said, “and I think having him around will be helpful in the selection of the right leaders for the team.”

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Cary-Grove beats rival Prairie Ridge in ‘four-yard war’on April 10, 2021 at 11:13 pm

Saturday was a lousy day to watch football, starting out gray and dreary before a steady rain settled in after halftime at Cary-Grove.

But Nick Hissong loved it.

“It’s definitely Cary fullback weather when it’s nice and slippery out,” the 6-1, 230-pound junior said. “We had a lot of practices this week where it was really cruddy like this. It sure helped.”

Running behind a line of Nathan Gamez, Zach Stolz, David Villarreal, Joey Swanson, Niko Neckopoulos and Noah Riley, Hissong rumbled for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-7 Fox Valley win over Prairie Ridge.

The touchdowns came in a 68-second span of the third quarter, sandwiched around Villarreal’s recovery of a fumbled kickoff. They turned a 7-0 deficit into a 14-7 lead for No. 19 Cary-Grove (2-0, 2-0), which hadn’t played since March 20 after being sidelined by COVID-19 protocols.

Hissong wasn’t sure how he kept his balance on the first score, a 20-yarder that featured a few broken tackles. “I just kept running and ended up in the end zone,” he said.

Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg, in his 10th season, considers it a luxury to have a big body like Hissong as a focal point for his offense.

“Since I’ve been the head coach, we’ve never had a fullback that’s 230 pounds,” Seaburg said. “He’s a big guy, He also had some fantastic blocks as well.”

Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp knew his defense would have its hands full with Hissong.

“He’s the prototype fullback for this offense,” Schremp said. “We preached to these guys all week, it’s a four-yard war against Cary and let’s battle it out — who’s going to gain or lose four yards. … That’s how it always is. Unfortunately today they won a few more of those wars than we did.”

Cary-Grove's Andy Ciske (6) picks off a pass in the fourth quarter against Prairie Ridge.
Cary-Grove’s Andy Ciske (6) picks off a pass in the fourth quarter against Prairie Ridge.
Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

The Trojans also had an 11-yard TD run by quarterback Jameson Sheehan in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 20-7. It was set up by Andy Ciske’s interception.

That was part of a big day for the Cary-Grove defense, which held Eastern Michigan-bound Carter Evans to 76 yards on 16 carries. He’s the last of three Division I brothers to play for the Wolves after Shane (Northern Illinois/Purdue) and Samson (Iowa/Eastern Michigan).

“I told him after the game, ‘I am so glad your family is done at PR,'” Seaburg said, “For 10 years, there’s been an Evans playing in that program. He’s just a tremendous player.”

The Wolves (2-2, 2-2) scored on one of the longest plays from scrimmage this season by any team in the state.

Will Komar caught a short pass from Taidhgin Trost and turned it into a 98-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Trost threw for 140 yards, with Komar catching three passes for 120.

“Turnovers in the second half killed us,” Schremp said. “You can’t make those mistakes against Cary.”

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Cubs’ first-base coach Craig Driver tests positive for COVID-19on April 10, 2021 at 11:14 pm

PITTSBURGH – Cubs first base and catcher’s coach Craig Driver has tested positive for COVID-19. Driver did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh as a precaution and remains in Chicago as he continues to recover. According to the Cubs, the club’s contact tracing determined no one on the team’s traveling party was a close contact with Driver.

All testing done Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the Cubs’ traveling party came back negative. Quality assurance coach Mike Napoli will remain the team’s first base coach for the remainder of the road trip. The Cubs had another round of tests done on Saturday and will have one additional round of tests done on Sunday.

“I definitely think that it’s something that is an eye-opener, for sure,” manager David Ross said. “I think there have been a couple eye-openers to start the season around baseball, that it should hit home, and understand that this is still a very serious pandemic that we’re in. We have to continue to stay diligent and all that we do.”

“It’s something that’s on our minds every other day with testing and every day with masks and with social distancing,” second baseman David Bote said. “It’s obviously just another thing of like, you can do everything right, and still get it, stuff like that. It’s just been what we’re dealing with the last couple years, and it’s just part of it. So you’re just finding a way to be aware of it and move on the best you can.”

The news of Driver’s positive test comes as the Cubs still work to get 85% of their Tier 1 vaccinated. It’s been a slow process for the Cubs to reach MLB’s threshold for lessened protocols, but having a close member of the coaching staff be affected may expedite the process.

“We’re at the mercy of this thing a lot of the time, so the more guys, we can get vaccinated – I mean, really, the goal is 100%, right? Let’s be honest, the goal should be 100%. So that’s what we’re shooting for and each person has their own views and things, but we’re just continuing to try to educate and encourage them as much as we can to get vaccinated.”

Cubs connection involved in MLB’s latest no-hitter

San Diego’s Joe Musgrove tossed MLB’s latest no-hitter against the Rangers on Friday, but the Cubs have had a connection in the last two no-hitters in baseball. Former Cubs catcher Victor Caratini was behind the plate for Musgrove’s no-no and made history in the process.

Caratini also caught Alec Mills no-hitter against the Brewers last season and became the first catcher in MLB history to catch two back-to-back no-hitters.

“I did text him and he texted me back. I was super happy for him,” Ross said. “I saw the emotion on his face jumping up and hugging Joe, seemed really neat. … First one ever in San Diego. To have all those things and for Vic to be a part of that, I know how special that is as a catcher. I definitely had to fire him a text and was super happy for him.”

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Game Post 4/10on April 10, 2021 at 10:19 pm

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8 shot, 1 fatally, since Friday night in Chicagoon April 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm

One person has been killed and seven others wounded in shootings across Chicago so far this weekend.

The weekend’s lone fatal shooting left a 17-year-old boy dead Friday night in Bridgeport on the South Side.

The teen and two others were sitting in a parked vehicle about 9:45 p.m. in the 200 block of West 37th Street when a black Dodge Durango pulled up and two men exited and began shooting at them, Chicago police said.

Davion Ward, 17, was struck in the back and was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A 16-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to the head, and the other person, a man between 18 and 20 years old, was struck in the chest, police said. Both were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.

In nonfatal attacks, a teenage boy was shot Saturday morning in Lawndale on the West Side.

The boy, 15, was shot in the lower leg about 5:45 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Kostner Avenue, Chicago police said. He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in good condition.

Earlier Saturday morning, a man was shot in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

The 34-year-old was standing outside about 4 a.m. in the 100 block of East 119th Street when someone inside a red-colored vehicle fired shots, Chicago police said. He was struck five times and taken to Roseland Hospital, where he was stabilized.

In the weekend’s earliest reported shooting, a person was shot Friday night on the Eisenhower Expressway on the West Side.

The driver was shot about 9:30 p.m. near Cicero Avenue, and their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Illinois State Police.

Two more people have been wounded in shootings so far this weekend in Chicago.

Thirty-four people were shot, eight fatally, last weekend in Chicago.

Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.

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Jimmy Rolder’s two interceptions help Marist blank Nazarethon April 10, 2021 at 9:30 pm

Jimmy Rolder’s two interceptions were back breakers.

The Marist linebacker grabbed one right at the goal line in the third quarter and caught the second to kill a drive in the fourth quarter of the No. 6 Redhawks’ 13-0 win against No. 11 Nazareth on Saturday in LaGrange Park.

“It was exciting,” Rolder said of the third quarter interception. “They were driving down and confident coming into the second half and I made a big play. I was just kind of floating in my zone and I saw the receiver coming across the middle and my eyes lit up on that.”

Rolder’s heroics were the standout plays, but the line play on both sides won the game for Marist. The Redhawks held Nazareth to just nine total yards on the ground.

Pat Coogan, Marist’s 6-5, 305 pound offensive lineman, has been helping out on the defensive line in goal line situations this season.

“I’ll get in there a little more against the premier run teams like Mount Carmel and Loyola so I can stop the runner inside,” Coogan said.

Coogan and his teammates on the offensive line helped running back Jamari Grant rush for 156 yards on 30 carries. Grant scored both touchdowns of the game, a one-yard run late in the second quarter and then another one-yard run with 9:42 left.

Coogan, a Notre Dame recruit, is one of a handful of Power 5 recruits in the area that opted to stay and play football in the spring.

“We only have two games left so we have to grind it out,” Coogan said. “It’s been so much fun. It’s kind of surreal at the moment to only have two games left but that is what we’ve got and we are gonna run with it.”

Nazareth’s star quarterback JJ McCarthy, who played this season at IMG in Florida, is already on campus at Michigan.

“Staying was really important for me,” Coogan said. “I owed it to my teammates, my coaches and definitely Marist and the community. And it’s another chance to play football. I discussed it with my parents, my coaches and the coaches at Notre Dame and we agreed that if I was wholeheartedly in on playing that I should play. And I was, so no regrets at all.”

Marist's Patrick Coogan (78) blocks Nazareth's Justin Taylor (2).
Marist’s Patrick Coogan (78) blocks Nazareth’s Justin Taylor (2).
Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times

Marist quarterback Dontrell Jackson Jr. was 9-for-15 for 125 yards with one interception. Senior Matthew Rolek caught four passes for 90 yards. Jackson connected with five different receivers.

The Redhawks (3-1) will host St. Patrick next week and then finish the season with a major showdown at home against top-ranked, undefeated Loyola.

Nazareth (2-1) didn’t play the first week of the season and then beat St. Laurence and De La Salle the next two weeks. The Roadrunners will close out the season against Notre Dame and Benet.

Nazareth played three different quarterbacks, junior Aidan Pieper, junior Benjamin Michel and senior Cass Kinsella. Pieper took the bulk of the snaps and was 10-for-21 with one interception.

“[Nazareth] has always been great,” Rolder said. “They beat us last year at home. We just felt good. They came out confident and we came out ready to play. It shows how good we can be when we are all playing as a unit, everyone doing their job and making it work.”

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Blackhawks notebook: Mattias Janmark scratched and more pre-deadline trade buzzBen Popeon April 10, 2021 at 8:21 pm

Mattias Janmark tallied 19 points in 41 games with the Blackhawks but will likely be traded by Monday. | AP Photos

Coach Jeremy Colliton called it an “organizational decision” to scratch Janmark in order to avoid injury and protect his value ahead of the deadline Monday.

Mattias Janmark will be a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks’ game Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

The Hawks are expected to trade Janmark, a pending free agent, before Monday’s 2 p.m. CT deadline and won’t play him in order to avoid injury and protect his value.

Coach Jeremy Colliton called it an “organizational decision to hold him out.” He could fetch something close to a third-round pick or ‘B’-grade prospect in return. He tallied 19 points in 41 games with the Hawks.

“A lot of teams are dealing with stuff like this,” Colliton added. “It’s the time of year. Obviously you address it [to the team], depending on the situation. The message is [to] focus on what you can control.”

Scratching players anticipating trades has been a popular strategy around the NHL this year. Over the past week, the Devils did it with Kyle Palmieri, the Sabres did it with Taylor Hall and the Blue Jackets did it with David Savard. Palmieri was quickly traded to the Islanders, Savard reportedly will be dealt to the Lightning on Saturday and Hall will likely have a new home by Monday.

Meanwhile, Brett Connolly and Riley Stillman — the Hawks’ additions from their trade Thursday — have joined the Hawks and skated with the scratches and taxi squad Saturday.

“[We’ll] just try to get them up to speed so that as much as possible they can prepare so when they do get in, they can play on instinct,” Colliton said. “They’ll skate today with the other guys who aren’t playing, get their legs going and go from there.”

Strome relates to Borgstrom

Henrik Borgstrom, the biggest piece of that Thursday Hawks trade — even if he won’t be seen in Chicago until next season — will get a chance to revive his career after flaming out with the Panthers.

Dylan Strome knows exactly what that feels like. The 2015 third overall selection by the Coyotes, he never found his rhythm in Arizona, playing more AHL games than NHL games. But his November 2018 trade to the Hawks allowed him to grow him into the solid NHL player he is now.

“It changed my career around pretty heavily,” Strome said Saturday. “It wasn’t going too well in Arizona for a while. You get around a new group, new set of faces, new coaches, new everything. It gives you another lease on life.”

He can imagine the same change of scenery aiding Borgstrom.

“It’s the same for a lot of young players,” he said. “You get traded by the team you got drafted by, and they’ve seen you for so long at so many rookie camps, development camps, main camps, and exhibition games. I got to Chicago and you’re in the lineup right away the next day before they even see you. You’ve got to start fresh again and show them what you’ve got. It can work well for a lot of players.”

Kampf could be moved, too

Borgstrom’s addition seemingly pushes David Kampf out of a protection spot for this summer’s Seattle expansion draft.

The Hawks will likely choose Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Hagel, Alex Nylander, Strome and Borgstrom in addition to Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (whose no-movement clauses require protection) as their seven protected forwards.

So the Hawks could consider trading Kampf in the coming days. TSN moved Kampf up to 25th on their Trade Bait list Saturday. A source said at least two teams have shown interest.

Kampf has zero goals this season but is strong defensively, on the penalty kill and on faceoffs. He’s allowed the second-fewest opponent shot attempts among Hawks forwards this season.

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Adam Toledo had other man’s gun in his hand when he was fatally shot by Chicago police, prosecutors saySam Kellyon April 10, 2021 at 8:26 pm

A picture of Adam Toledo is taped to a pole at the corner of 24th St. and Spaulding Ave. in the Little Village neighborhood.
A picture of Adam Toledo is taped to a pole at the corner of 24th St. and Spaulding Ave. in the Little Village neighborhood. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

The Ruger 9mm handgun that fell from Adam’s hand matches the seven shell casings that were later recovered at the site where Ruben Roman fired the initial shots, prosecutors said.

Days before its public release, Cook County prosecutors on Saturday gave a preview of the video that shows the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, describing the recorded encounter during a bail hearing for the man who allegedly fired the gunshots that drew officers to the Little Village scene last month.

That gun was in the boy’s hand when a police officer shot him in the chest, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy.

Ruben Roman, 21, now faces felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, as well as child endangerment and violating probation.

“If the defendant does not bring [Adam] with him at 2:30 in the morning, if he doesn’t bring his gun with him while on gun offender probation, if he doesn’t shoot that gun seven or eight times on a city street with [Adam] standing right next to him… and then fleeing with that gun, none of this would have happened,” Murphy said.

Prosecutors said nearby surveillance video captured the moment Roman fired shots at a passing vehicle while Adam stood next to him on the corner of 24th Street and Sawyer Avenue early on the morning of March 29.

After firing the shots, Roman and Adam ran north on Sawyer and ducked into an alley near 23rd Street, where officers spotted them about a minute later, Murphy said.

One officer tackled Roman and knocked loose a pair of red gloves that were later found to have gunshot residue on them, Murphy said.

The other officer continued to chase Adam, who eventually stopped with his left side facing the officer near a break in a wooden fence in the alley, Murphy said, citing the officer’s bodycam footage. The officer repeatedly told Adam to “drop it,” according to Murphy.

When Adam — who allegedly had a gun in his right hand — turned toward the officer, the officer shot him in the chest, Murphy said.

The officer called for an ambulance and began performing chest compressions on Adam, but Adam was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Prosecutors suggested the Ruger 9mm handgun that fell from Adam’s hand had previously been used by Roman. It matched the seven shell casings that were later recovered at the site where Roman fired the initial shots, Murphy said. Adam’s hand later tested positive for gunshot residue as well, prosecutors said.

The approximate location where Chicago police killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo, in an alley way near 24th and Sawyer.
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The approximate location where Chicago police killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo, in an alley way near 24th and Sawyer.

After the shooting, Roman was initially charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. An arrest warrant was issued last week after Roman skipped a court date, and he was found Friday in Maywood hiding in a closet, Murphy said.

Murphy also said that when detectives questioned Roman about Adam’s identity, Roman gave them a fake name. He denied knowing Adam or firing any shots, and claimed that he was in the alley “waiting for a train,” according to Murphy.

Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood said that Roman left high school in the 11th grade but recently enrolled in a GED program, and was waiting on several job opportunities after being unemployed for the last two months.

Smallwood refused to accept Murphy’s claims that Roman was endangering Adam, saying that there was no proof that the gun belonged to Roman, that he was wearing the red gloves that tested positive for gunshot residue or that he even brought Adam outside with him in the first place.

“The victim is dead at the hands of the Chicago police officers, not my client,” Smallwood said.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Roman jailed on $150,000 bail. He is due back in court April 19.

Adam’s funeral was held Friday.

Chicago police leaders have canceled days off for officers next week as they prepare for possible demonstrations upon the release of the shooting video. The Toledo family is expected to view it early next week before it’s released publicly, officials have said.

“Transparency always matters, particularly in something as significant as a police-involved shooting,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at an unrelated Saturday morning news conference. “I think it will only help disabuse a lot of urban myths that have sprung up in the void, but I want to be clear: from what’s been described to me, it is going to be a very tough video for people to watch.”

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