‘Blues Brothers’ 40th Anniversary: Old Joliet Prison Back To Life

It was 40 years ago today, June 16, 1980, that a new movie featuring Elwood Blues and Joliet Jake and their mission to save a Catholic orphanage premiered before a small group of suburban politicians and film crew members. The Blues Brothers hit box offices four days later and Joliet’s never been the same since.

‘WILD CHICAGO’: The saga of “Punkin’ Donuts”

The Dunkin’ Donuts that used to be at the northwest corner of Belmont and Clark earned its nickname in the 80s and 90s.

In 1987, Ben Hollis and John Davies pitched Chicago PBS station WTTW on a program that would capture the city’s obscure corners, unusual characters, and fringe phenomena. To show the station what they had in mind, they’d shot a “guerilla demo” at a spot Hollis already knew: the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Belmont and Clark in Lakeview. He’d often driven past it late at night and seen groups of young people hanging out in the parking lot, and he figured it’d be worth investigating. What were they doing there? Why that spot, not somewhere else? And what was the appeal?

Oak Park issues shelter-in-place order to slow COVID-19 spread as River Forest, Forest Park leaders urge residents to comply as well

With Oak Park announcing its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the village has issued a shelter-in-place order for its residents, which will last from March 20 through at least April 3. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the village announced one of its residents, a man in his 30s, tested positive for the coronavirus. The man was screened and tested at Rush Oak Park Hospital, but is at home recovering in isolation, officials said.

How Chicago’s Neighborhoods Got Their Names

It’s often said that “Chicago is a city of neighborhoods.” This may seem redundant—isn’t every city a city of neighborhoods?—but Chicago really is a big, wonderful amalgamation of unique enclaves. Where do the names for all these neighborhoods come from? We sought to find out.