Stories by Eddie Arruza

Despite Fundraising Efforts, Future of Historic Church Remains Bleak

Historic St. Adalbert Church on Chicago's South Side is the latest casualty of a declining Catholic congregation and expensive upkeep. But could its listing by a preservation group give it new life?

Chicago's Latino Artists in Spotlight as Biennial Conference Kicks Off

Work by Josue Pellot featured in the "Present Standard" exhibition.

A major citywide exhibition of local Latino artists coincides with a biennial conference of international art scholars held for the first time in Chicago.

Chicago Leads in 3-D Manufacturing Tech

In recent years there's been a modest resurgence in America's manufacturing sector but some economists believe the U.S. will never again be the manufacturing powerhouse it once was. However, new technologies, especially 3-D printing, are what some say will transform American industry and Chicago is getting on board. 

CTU Delegates Vote in Favor of April 1 ‘Day of Action’

The Chicago school board is served with a walkout notice by the teachers union on the same day the board sues the Illinois State Charter School Commission. 

Gov. Rauner Calls for Post-Primary Negotiations

Nearly a week after the Illinois primary election, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he has not received any commitment from House Speaker Michael Madigan to resume negotiations on a state budget for what remains of the current fiscal year. 

Studio Gang-Designed Writers Theatre Opens in Glencoe

Glencoe's Writers Theatre (Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing)

The curtain is going up on one of the most highly anticipated new theater complexes in the Chicago area, and it’s ready to put on a show. And the show begins outside the building. 

Photographs by Art Fox Capture Ill-Fated Flights of Migratory Birds

The long voyage of many migratory birds sometimes ends in Chicago. What one photographer is doing to raise awareness of window kill and light disorientation.

Voters at South Side Precinct Sound Off on Local, National Elections

The Greater Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church at 59th Street and Wabash Avenue is the polling place for the 12th Precinct of the 20th Ward. It's in the Washington Park neighborhood, a largely low-income, African-American community. It's also within Democratic State Rep. Ken Dunkin's 5th Legislative District.

Construction Work Begins on Western-Belmont Viaduct

A half-century old, much traveled viaduct in Chicago is about to be torn down. But will the plan to replace it really improve traffic conditions?

Studio Gang-Designed Writers Theatre Set to Open

Glencoe's Writers Theatre (Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing)

The curtain is about to go up on a highly anticipated new theater on the North Shore designed by renowned architect Jeanne Gang. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the space.

O'Hare Noise Complaint Advocates Meet with Mayor

City and suburban residents have demanded that the Chicago Department of Aviation take steps to address the problem of O'Hare noise and today Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with members of one community group. Eddie Arruza has more on that meeting.

Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent Spike in Violence

Less than two weeks into the new year, Chicago has already had a dramatic spike in violence. This morning, Chicago's interim police superintendent said he is frustrated at the city's ongoing violent crime, calling it a daunting issue for his beleaguered police force. Eddie Arruza has the story.

Western-Belmont Flyover to be Demolished

Improvements to Start in February, Wrap Up Summer 2017

After several years of delays, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) says it will demolish the viaduct at the intersection of Western, Belmont and Clybourn avenues and create a new street-grade roadway. But will the new plan to replace it improve traffic conditions? Eddie Arruza has the story.

Arne Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in Final Speech as Education Secretary

Arne Duncan

The former head of the Chicago Public Schools gives an emotional final speech in Chicago as U.S. Secretary of Education. The subject of his talk and where he gave it may hint at his future.

South Side Nightlife Shines in Book of Photographs, Poetry

'Gotta Go Gotta Flow' Highlights 1970s Club Scene

There was once a club scene in Chicago that was something of a rarefied world. A photographer who was not part of the scene ventured into one of the clubs and captured a fantastic nightlife that is now long gone and preserved almost exclusively in his work. A new book pairs those photos with poems from an acclaimed poet. Eddie Arruza has the rap.

Loop Link Express Bus Service Makes its Debut this Weekend

Loop Link rendering (Courtesy Chicago Department of Transportation)

One of the most significant transit initiatives to launch in Chicago begins service this weekend. We take a preview spin around the city's first bus rapid transit line, called Loop Link.

Medical Marijuana Hits the Shelves at Chicago’s First Dispensary

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State-approved medical marijuana has arrived in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. We get a look inside the first—and so far the only—dispensary to open in the city. 

'Bel Canto': Behind the Scenes of Lyric Opera's World Premiere

A world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago is based on a true story with terrifying echos of today's troubled world. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Bel Canto."

How Illinois’ Budget Stalemate is Impacting Public Universities

Public universities in Illinois have received no state funding since the budget standoff began in July. We hear from four university presidents on the impact the budget crisis is having on their campuses.

Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book

On this Veterans Day we hear from two men who served their country and are now featured in a new book of remembrances by Chicago-area veterans. The book, “I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War,” features the memories of 50 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Community Unites to Combat Violence on Chicago's West Side

The violence in Chicago continues to spark rage and national headlines. Last week it was the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, then 20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor, an aspiring model, was gunned down. This weekend 14-year-old J-Quantae Riles was killed. Eddie Arruza reports on steps being taken on the city’s West Side to combat the violence.

In Chicago, President Obama Talks Criminal Justice and Racial Profiling

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks guns, crime and policing in Chicago at a gathering of police chiefs from around the country. But he acknowledges the growing the violence in his hometown and being a victim of racial profiling. 

Chicago-Area Native Wins Bronze Medal at Prestigious Chopin Piano Competition

Kate Liu at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, 2015.

Winnetka native Kate Liu, 21, has become the bronze medalist and recipient of a nearly $23,000 cash prize at the 17th Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Poland.