14 Kids

Kerry Morris, 24, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visits with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Kerry Morris, 24, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visits with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Cathleen Loch, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, checks in with her at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Cathleen Loch, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, checks in with her at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A photo of now 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband, John Coleman, who she called "Jack," sits on a shelf near her bedside at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Margaret and her husband John Coleman had 14 children together. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A photo of now 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband, John Coleman, who she called "Jack," sits on a shelf near her bedside at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Margaret and her husband John Coleman had 14 children together. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A photograph from 1949 shows now 92-year-old Margaret Coleman holding the first of 14 children, John Coleman (also called Jack), in an album at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A photograph from 1949 shows now 92-year-old Margaret Coleman holding the first of 14 children, John Coleman (also called Jack), in an album at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Peggy Cahill, Cathleen Loch and Dan Coleman, three of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, talk to her during a visit at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Peggy Cahill, Cathleen Loch and Dan Coleman, three of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, talk to her during a visit at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Sun shines on the Coleman family house where 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband John Coleman raised 14 children Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Sun shines on the Coleman family house where 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband John Coleman raised 14 children Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Molly Morris, 21, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, speaks to her by her bedside during a visit at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Molly Morris, 21, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, speaks to her by her bedside during a visit at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Jane, left, 21, and Kathleen Kelly, 25, two of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visit with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Jane, left, 21, and Kathleen Kelly, 25, two of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visit with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Photos of some of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren hang on the wall of the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Margaret and her husband John Coleman had 14 children together. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Photos of some of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren hang on the wall of the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Margaret and her husband John Coleman had 14 children together. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Molly Morris, 21, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, vacuums around her bed during a visit at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Molly Morris, 21, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, vacuums around her bed during a visit at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maureen Kelly, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, puts a hand on her mother's head as she says goodbye after a visit at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maureen Kelly, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 14 children, puts a hand on her mother's head as she says goodbye after a visit at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. She also receives frequent visits from many of her 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

92-year-old Margaret Coleman, center, sits with her 14 children, from left, Rich Coleman, 55, Mike Coleman, 65, Diane Morris, 53, David Coleman, 54, Maribeth Rice, 61, Tom Coleman, 63, Cathleen Loch, 51, Dan Coleman, 47, Patty Griffin, 57, Maureen Kelly, 61 (twin to Maribeth), Tim Coleman, 62, Terry Coleman, 58, John Coleman, 67, and Peggy Cahill, 60, at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. In addition to her 14 children, Margaret Coleman currently has 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

92-year-old Margaret Coleman, center, sits with her 14 children, from left, Rich Coleman, 55, Mike Coleman, 65, Diane Morris, 53, David Coleman, 54, Maribeth Rice, 61, Tom Coleman, 63, Cathleen Loch, 51, Dan Coleman, 47, Patty Griffin, 57, Maureen Kelly, 61 (twin to Maribeth), Tim Coleman, 62, Terry Coleman, 58, John Coleman, 67, and Peggy Cahill, 60, at the Coleman family home Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Chicago. In addition to her 14 children, Margaret Coleman currently has 48 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Sun shines in through the window of the dining room at the Coleman family house where 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband John Coleman raised 14 children Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Sun shines in through the window of the dining room at the Coleman family house where 92-year-old Margaret Coleman and her husband John Coleman raised 14 children Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

One weekend in July 2016, 92-year-old Margaret Coleman was visited by all 14 of her children and handful of some of 48 grandchildren at the Coleman home in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. Margaret, who also went by “Marge,” although in high spirits and with quick wit, was bedridden and on oxygen but wished to remain in the family house. Her children spoke loudly to her through a hearing device, giving updates about their own families, while the grandchildren joked with her about their summer plans before heading back to school.

Marge’s children, John, Mike, Tom, Tim, Maureen, Maribeth, Peggy, Terry, Patty, Rich, David, Diane, Cathleen and Dan, kept a schedule and took turns caring for their mother in 12-hour shifts in the house where they all grew up. Although she was a nurse and her husband Jack a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Marge was not too keen on seeing doctors herself. The family was happy to help.

“They gave a lot to us and really built a strong family bond and so they instilled that in us, that you have to take care of each other,” said Maureen Kelly, child number five. 

I was lucky enough to meet Marge and spend time photographing her with family members. At one point, all the kids stood in the kitchen, discussing the possibility and logistics of fulfilling their mother’s wish to visit the family lake cottage in Michigan one last time. The following weekend, they took her to the cottage where she spent summers at as a little girl.

Margaret “Marge” Coleman passed away on Sunday, August 7, surrounded by her family at home. 

Mary Schmich wrote two wonderful stories about the Colemans here:

One mom, 14 children, and the grace of caring

Mother of 14 dies the way she wished, at home with her children

4th

Vernon Mems carries an American Flag at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Vernon Mems carries an American Flag at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Bicyclists pass a chalk mural along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Bicyclists pass a chalk mural along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Chicago Police Department talk to beachgoers at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Chicago Police Department talk to beachgoers at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Beachgoers take a rest at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Beachgoers take a rest at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aarush Desai, 6, sits atop his brother Parth's shoulders as he squirts water at his family members at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aarush Desai, 6, sits atop his brother Parth's shoulders as he squirts water at his family members at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Bill Brock, left, and Al Harrison play chess near North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Bill Brock, left, and Al Harrison play chess near North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A small dog peers over the back of a chair at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A small dog peers over the back of a chair at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Irene Moreno, left, and Airton Orozco sit together on the pier at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Irene Moreno, left, and Airton Orozco sit together on the pier at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Garbage floats in Lake Michigan near North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Garbage floats in Lake Michigan near North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Beachgoers sit on a large inflatable flamingo at Oak Street Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Beachgoers sit on a large inflatable flamingo at Oak Street Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The John Hancock Center is reflected in water along the Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The John Hancock Center is reflected in water along the Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Georgi Davis hula hoops at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Georgi Davis hula hoops at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Happy Independence Day from the beaches of Chicago.

Six Months

Chasity, last name not given, looks out of the shattered window of her residence near the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. She said a bullet came through the glass but only shattered the outer pane of the two-pane window. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chasity, last name not given, looks out of the shattered window of her residence near the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. She said a bullet came through the glass but only shattered the outer pane of the two-pane window. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A member of the Chicago Police Department carries a weapon as he inspects a vehicle involved in a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department carries a weapon as he inspects a vehicle involved in a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department is stationed down the street from the scene of a shooting in a parking lot near the James Hamby Union Hall near East 133rd Street and South Torrence Avenue in the Hegewisch community Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. Two people were shot, both in the legs. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A member of the Chicago Police Department is stationed down the street from the scene of a shooting in a parking lot near the James Hamby Union Hall near East 133rd Street and South Torrence Avenue in the Hegewisch community Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. Two people were shot, both in the legs. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A Vespa scooter is surrounded by police tape near the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A Vespa scooter is surrounded by police tape near the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A bicyclist passes by as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A bicyclist passes by as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department helps a woman move her laundry around the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department helps a woman move her laundry around the scene of a fatal shooting in the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue in Logan Square Friday, June 3, 2016, in Chicago. A 20-year-old man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene and a 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Victor Betancourt, 6, looks at letters and photos left by schoolmates of his uncle, 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Leonardo frequently walked Victor to school. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Victor Betancourt, 6, looks at letters and photos left by schoolmates of his uncle, 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Leonardo frequently walked Victor to school. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Karina Betancourt tears up as she looks at letters and photos left by schoolmates of her brother, 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Karina Betancourt tears up as she looks at letters and photos left by schoolmates of her brother, 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A letter written by a schoolmate of 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, is posted with other letters and photos in a hallway at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Family members of Leonardo visited the school Wednesday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A letter written by a schoolmate of 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Monday evening, is posted with other letters and photos in a hallway at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Family members of Leonardo visited the school Wednesday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young man is illuminated by lights from police vehicles as he stands on a porch near the scene of a fatal shooting in the 6400 block of South Damen Avenue Thursday, June 23, 2016, in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 28-year-old man was shot in the head and killed at the scene and another 38-year-old man shot in the leg was taken Advocate Christ Medical Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A young man is illuminated by lights from police vehicles as he stands on a porch near the scene of a fatal shooting in the 6400 block of South Damen Avenue Thursday, June 23, 2016, in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 28-year-old man was shot in the head and killed at the scene and another 38-year-old man shot in the leg was taken Advocate Christ Medical Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Heavy snow falls as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 72-year-old woman was shot in the chest, arm and leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Heavy snow falls as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 72-year-old woman was shot in the chest, arm and leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department takes photographs at a crime scene where three people were shot in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue Monday, March 7, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department takes photographs at a crime scene where three people were shot in the 1300 block of South Lawndale Avenue Monday, March 7, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Two women waiting outside the emergency room of Advocate Trinity Hospital look at a vehicle taped off by Chicago Police Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago. 15-year-old Fabien Lavinder was shot in the vehicle in the 2900 block of East 89th Street late Tuesday and later died at the hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Two women waiting outside the emergency room of Advocate Trinity Hospital look at a vehicle taped off by Chicago Police Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago. 15-year-old Fabien Lavinder was shot in the vehicle in the 2900 block of East 89th Street late Tuesday and later died at the hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Several women comfort a woman on the ground outside of Advocate Trinity Hospital Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago. 15-year-old Fabien Lavinder was shot in a vehicle in the 2900 block of East 89th Street late Tuesday and later died at the hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Several women comfort a woman on the ground outside of Advocate Trinity Hospital Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Chicago. 15-year-old Fabien Lavinder was shot in a vehicle in the 2900 block of East 89th Street late Tuesday and later died at the hospital. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Balloons, a cross and other items are left at a memorial down the street from the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Balloons, a cross and other items are left at a memorial down the street from the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

As I'm writing this post, 1973 people have been shot in Chicago since January 1 of this year, including 329 killed. These numbers will go up overnight. 

This Fourth of July weekend, typically one of the most violent of the year for the city, the Chicago Tribune released several pieces on the last six months of gun violence, including a video compilation of work from myself and my colleagues. Please have a look and share:

10 shootings a day: Complex causes of Chicago's spiking violence

Working the late shift and overnight shift means covering a lot of the gun violence here in Chicago. Initially, I titled this post "Summer So Far" until I realized I have photos starting back in January. 

 

Spring Storm

People walk along the lakefront near the Oakwood/41st Street Beach as storm clouds roll over downtown Chicago Monday, April 25, 2016. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

People walk along the lakefront near the Oakwood/41st Street Beach as storm clouds roll over downtown Chicago Monday, April 25, 2016. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lightning illuminates storm clouds over Lake Michigan near Foster Beach Monday, April 25, 2016, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. Minutes later, lightning and downpour swept across much of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lightning illuminates storm clouds over Lake Michigan near Foster Beach Monday, April 25, 2016, in Chicago. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in north central and north eastern Illinois valid until 10 p.m. Minutes later, lightning and downpour swept across much of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

It was such a beautiful day and gorgeous evening I actually thought the severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service might turn out unnecessary. Moments after I photographed lightning over Lake Michigan, the downpour began, pretty much soaking me from head to toe. On my drive home, lighting crackled so loudly overhead it shook my car. Spring in Chicago. 

Blackhawks Roundup

The helmet of Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) flies off as he's taken down by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period of the Minnesota Wild versus Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Chicago. Panarin received a two-minute roughing penalty. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The helmet of Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) flies off as he's taken down by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period of the Minnesota Wild versus Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Chicago. Panarin received a two-minute roughing penalty. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) celebrates his goal during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. Shaw's goal tied the game 3-3 and forced overtime. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) celebrates his goal during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. Shaw's goal tied the game 3-3 and forced overtime. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) tries to get control of the puck with his skate during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Blackhawks fell to the Sharks 2-0. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) tries to get control of the puck with his skate during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Blackhawks fell to the Sharks 2-0. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville yells from the bench after a Hawks goal was overturned due to a goalie interference ruling during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The game remained scoreless after the first. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville yells from the bench after a Hawks goal was overturned due to a goalie interference ruling during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The game remained scoreless after the first. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15), right, shoots toward New Jersey Devils defenseman New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) but the shot is blocked during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks game against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Chicago. The Blackhawks lost 3-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15), right, shoots toward New Jersey Devils defenseman New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) but the shot is blocked during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks game against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Chicago. The Blackhawks lost 3-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Albert Simeri sports a Blackhawks tattoo outside before Game 3 of the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup first-round Western Conference playoff series Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Albert Simeri sports a Blackhawks tattoo outside before Game 3 of the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup first-round Western Conference playoff series Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) gets shoved in the face by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki (74) during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Ottawa Senators game at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) gets shoved in the face by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki (74) during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Ottawa Senators game at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) gets an ice shower from San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) as he makes a save during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Sharks lead 1-0 at the end of the second. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) gets an ice shower from San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) as he makes a save during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Sharks lead 1-0 at the end of the second. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw's (65) shot is blocked during the first period of Game 3 of the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup first-round Western Conference playoff series Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw's (65) shot is blocked during the first period of Game 3 of the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup first-round Western Conference playoff series Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), left, and Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15), both Russian-born, chat before the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues game at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91), left, and Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15), both Russian-born, chat before the Chicago Blackhawks versus St. Louis Blues game at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) falls on Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Arizona Coyotes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. The Hawks defeated the Coyotes 6-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) falls on Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Arizona Coyotes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. The Hawks defeated the Coyotes 6-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) tries to get control of the puck with his skate during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Blackhawks fell to the Sharks 2-0. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) tries to get control of the puck with his skate during the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus the San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Chicago. The Blackhawks fell to the Sharks 2-0. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom (39), right, gets tangled with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Garbutt (28) during the third period of the game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom (39), right, gets tangled with Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Garbutt (28) during the third period of the game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. The final score was 4-3. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. The final score was 4-3. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) after he shut out the St. Louis Blues 2-0 at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) after he shut out the St. Louis Blues 2-0 at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

It all came down to game 7. Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks fell to the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup first-round Western Conference playoff series in a frustrating 3-2 loss. It's a huge bummer because it means no more hockey games to cover until next season. This post is a selection of photos from all the games I covered in the 2015-2016 season. Until next fall. 

Famous People

Iggy Pop performs at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Iggy Pop performs at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A cardboard cutout of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leans against a tree as hundreds of people wait in line to see her speak at the Sullivan Community Center Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Vernon Hills, Ill. The Illinois state primary is March 15.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A cardboard cutout of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leans against a tree as hundreds of people wait in line to see her speak at the Sullivan Community Center Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Vernon Hills, Ill. The Illinois state primary is March 15.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Billy Corgan performs an acoustic-electric show at the Civic Opera House Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Chicago. Corgan began the show solo but also played with other members of the Smashing Pumpkins. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Billy Corgan performs an acoustic-electric show at the Civic Opera House Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Chicago. Corgan began the show solo but also played with other members of the Smashing Pumpkins. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally during a stop on his Democratic presidential campaign at the Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center on campus at Chicago State University Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally during a stop on his Democratic presidential campaign at the Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center on campus at Chicago State University Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

President Barack Obama walks to Air Force One with his daughter Malia at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago, promoting his Supreme Court Nominee native Illinoisan Merrick Garland. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

President Barack Obama walks to Air Force One with his daughter Malia at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago, promoting his Supreme Court Nominee native Illinoisan Merrick Garland. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Recent photos of a few well-known people. Iggy Pop turned 69 on April 21, Hillary and Bernie were in town before the Illinois primary election, Billy Corgan is still a great musician even if the Smashing Pumpkins don't exactly exist anymore, and Obama made a quick stop to promote Supreme Court Nominee native Illinoisan Merrick Garland. 

Stadium Series

Fans watch the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won the game 6-4. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fans watch the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won the game 6-4. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Nancy Perl, left, and Kristan Voss, both of Minnesota, although Perl is originally from Chicago, share beers with their friends before the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Nancy Perl, left, and Kristan Voss, both of Minnesota, although Perl is originally from Chicago, share beers with their friends before the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Jack O'Callahan walks out with his teammates for the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Jack O'Callahan walks out with his teammates for the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Jamal Mayers takes a shot during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Jamal Mayers takes a shot during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Blackhawks alumni team sits on the bench during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Blackhawks alumni team sits on the bench during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65), left, and Minnesota Wild center Ryan Carter (18) scuffle behind the Wild's net during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65), left, and Minnesota Wild center Ryan Carter (18) scuffle behind the Wild's net during the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The Minnesota Wild celebrate another goal during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Minnesota Wild celebrate another goal during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series pucks are on the ice during Chicago Blackhawks team practice at TCF  Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series pucks are on the ice during Chicago Blackhawks team practice at TCF  Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9), left, and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) chase down the puck during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9), left, and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) chase down the puck during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fans reach out as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fans reach out as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) jumps into the arms of Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) after the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) jumps into the arms of Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) after the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 6-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young fan receives a stick from Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A young fan receives a stick from Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The Blackhawks got a trouncing from the Minnesota Wild/North Stars during the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni and and outdoor games at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. A fun time, though, because outdoor hockey is something different and a big deal for fans. There were plenty of people at both games from both sides. I also appreciated the fact that it wasn't -20 degrees out all weekend. 

Muslim Youth

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, folds one of her many headscarves at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, folds one of her many headscarves at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, listens during Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji attends Islamic education classes on Sundays but goes to Springman Middle School in Glenview during the week. Because she only wears a headscarf to Sunday school and not in public, she said, she's sometimes heard insulting remarks about her religion by people who may not realize she is Muslim. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, listens during Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji attends Islamic education classes on Sundays but goes to Springman Middle School in Glenview during the week. Because she only wears a headscarf to Sunday school and not in public, she said, she's sometimes heard insulting remarks about her religion by people who may not realize she is Muslim. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, speaks to students as she fills in for a teacher in Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the center on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, speaks to students as she fills in for a teacher in Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the center on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A copy of the Quran sits on a desk during an Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A copy of the Quran sits on a desk during an Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, hands tests back to students as she helps out Dr. Sabah Khan in her Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji teaches and occasionally helps out at the center on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, hands tests back to students as she helps out Dr. Sabah Khan in her Islamic theology class at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. Bhaiji teaches and occasionally helps out at the center on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, Aasiyah, 13, and Saarah Bhaiji, 16, walk with their mother Rehana as they leave Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, Aasiyah, 13, and Saarah Bhaiji, 16, walk with their mother Rehana as they leave Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Morton Grove, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, greets her cat Tokyo at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, greets her cat Tokyo at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends Glenbrook South High School as a junior during the week, where she said her experience as a Muslim has been mostly positive. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, laughs as she shows a video a friend sent her (it's of her friend, sneezing in slow motion) to her mother Rehana at their home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji, whose family is Muslim, wears a headscarf to Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center but takes it off when she gets home and doesn't wear one in public. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, laughs as she shows a video a friend sent her (it's of her friend, sneezing in slow motion) to her mother Rehana at their home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji, whose family is Muslim, wears a headscarf to Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center but takes it off when she gets home and doesn't wear one in public. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, puts dishes away at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji, whose family is Muslim, wears a headscarf to Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center but takes it off when she gets home and doesn't wear one in public. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, puts dishes away at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji, whose family is Muslim, wears a headscarf to Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center but takes it off when she gets home and doesn't wear one in public. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, and her sister Aasiyah Bhaiji, 13, attend public school during the week and Sunday school at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove, Ill. where Saarah also teaches. Both spoke of having mostly positive experiences as Muslims with their peers at Glenbrook South High and Springman Middle Schools although Aasiyah, who only wears a headscarf to Sunday school and not in public, said she has encountered some insensitivity toward her religion when people around her don't realize she is Muslim. 

I spent an afternoon with the two sisters and their mother, Rehana, at the Muslim Education Center and later at home where the two girls made snacks and did homework. 

Read more about Saarah and Aasiyah's experiences in this Chicago Tribune story by Manya Brachear Pashman: Chicago area's Muslim youth fight stereotypes, suspicion

Ski Wilmot

A skier prepares to go down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A skier prepares to go down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift as blowers create snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift as blowers create snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Blowers create new snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Blowers create new snow at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A snowboarder takes off down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A snowboarder takes off down the mountain at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A sign warns that Walter's Folly is a "more difficult" run at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A sign warns that Walter's Folly is a "more difficult" run at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers ride the lift up at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A skier goes off a rail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A skier goes off a rail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Instructor John Harding, right, talks to Monika Przysiez, of Chicago, as she takes a snowboard lesson at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Instructor John Harding, right, talks to Monika Przysiez, of Chicago, as she takes a snowboard lesson at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers can be seen coming down the mountain from the dining area at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Skiers can be seen coming down the mountain from the dining area at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sharise Campbell, left, and Nemanja Uzelac, both of Chicago, look at a phone at they sit by the fire at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sharise Campbell, left, and Nemanja Uzelac, both of Chicago, look at a phone at they sit by the fire at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Jon Maahs of McHenry heads down the Upper Cat Trail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Jon Maahs of McHenry heads down the Upper Cat Trail at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Wilmot, Wis. The Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased Wilmot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Colorado-based company Vail Resorts recently purchased the tiny Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort just over the Illinois border in Wisconsin, and plans to make renovations to the lifts, terrain park and lodge, as well as improve snow-making conditions. Wilmot Mountain was created by Walter Stopa, who had a million cubic yards of dirt trucked into the Wisconsin cow pasture to create the slope 80 years ago. It's a popular place for Chicagoans who ski and snowboard - one of the only options in the Chicago area.

Pictures of the Year 2015

Maria Torres lies on the ground with other members of The Community Renewal Society as they stage a "die-in" as part of their "Faith in Action" campaign at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Springfield. The faith-based organization involves members from many different churches and works "to eliminate race and class barriers." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maria Torres lies on the ground with other members of The Community Renewal Society as they stage a "die-in" as part of their "Faith in Action" campaign at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Springfield. The faith-based organization involves members from many different churches and works "to eliminate race and class barriers." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

People in a crowd spray a passing vehicle with beer as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday, June 15, 2015 in Wrigleyville. This is the third time the Blachkawks have won the Cup in the last six seasons. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

People in a crowd spray a passing vehicle with beer as fans celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday, June 15, 2015 in Wrigleyville. This is the third time the Blachkawks have won the Cup in the last six seasons. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young visitor passes the "Angelitos Negros" art installation depicting a life-size replica of the body of Michael Brown and the crime scene where he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. last year, at the "Confronting Truths: Wake Up!" exhibition featuring works by New Orleans artist Ti-Rock Moore at Gallery Guichard Fine Art Gallery Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Bronzeville. Moore's artist statement about this piece reads: "Angelitos Negros is a reflection on Michael Brown’s brutal murder by the Ferguson, Missouri police last year. The installation introduces a silicone replica of Brown’s dead body with Eartha Kitt’s controversial 1950s song 'Angelitos Negros' or 'Little Black Angels' playing in the backdrop, calling attention to the racial injustices that existed then and remain devastatingly relevant today." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A young visitor passes the "Angelitos Negros" art installation depicting a life-size replica of the body of Michael Brown and the crime scene where he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. last year, at the "Confronting Truths: Wake Up!" exhibition featuring works by New Orleans artist Ti-Rock Moore at Gallery Guichard Fine Art Gallery Sunday, July 12, 2015 in Bronzeville. Moore's artist statement about this piece reads: "Angelitos Negros is a reflection on Michael Brown’s brutal murder by the Ferguson, Missouri police last year. The installation introduces a silicone replica of Brown’s dead body with Eartha Kitt’s controversial 1950s song 'Angelitos Negros' or 'Little Black Angels' playing in the backdrop, calling attention to the racial injustices that existed then and remain devastatingly relevant today." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A house in the Coalfield subdivision damaged by the June 22 tornadoes is spray painted with the words "You can break the home not the spirit!" Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Coal City, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A house in the Coalfield subdivision damaged by the June 22 tornadoes is spray painted with the words "You can break the home not the spirit!" Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Coal City, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aleck Persin, 3, gives his mother Lynn a kiss as he plays catch with her and his father Craig on the deck of their home in Logan Square Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Chicago. Aleck was born with arthrogryposis, a condition caused by multiple joint contractures and characterized by muscular fibrosis and inhibited movement of the joints. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Aleck Persin, 3, gives his mother Lynn a kiss as he plays catch with her and his father Craig on the deck of their home in Logan Square Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Chicago. Aleck was born with arthrogryposis, a condition caused by multiple joint contractures and characterized by muscular fibrosis and inhibited movement of the joints. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lola, an inmate in the Women's Residential Program at the Cook County Jail who is pregnant with her seventh child, listens to other women talk about things they've learned about their health while incarcerated Monday, May 18, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lola, an inmate in the Women's Residential Program at the Cook County Jail who is pregnant with her seventh child, listens to other women talk about things they've learned about their health while incarcerated Monday, May 18, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Scallop carpaccio is an appetizer at C Chicago modern seafood restaurant at 20 West Kinzie downtown Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Scallop carpaccio is an appetizer at C Chicago modern seafood restaurant at 20 West Kinzie downtown Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Kevin Martinez, 15, jumps into Lake Michigan at Calumet Park Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kevin Martinez, 15, jumps into Lake Michigan at Calumet Park Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, Kaitlyn Crnich, Sarah Crawford, Allison Isom, Carey Dwyer and Rachel Fimbianti walk through Montrose Park after meeting members of the band Mumford & Sons Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Chicago. The band was set to play a concert in the park Wednesday but the show has been postponed until Friday and the girls, who arrived early at the venue, said the band members came out to greet and personally apologize to fans for the postponement. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, Kaitlyn Crnich, Sarah Crawford, Allison Isom, Carey Dwyer and Rachel Fimbianti walk through Montrose Park after meeting members of the band Mumford & Sons Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Chicago. The band was set to play a concert in the park Wednesday but the show has been postponed until Friday and the girls, who arrived early at the venue, said the band members came out to greet and personally apologize to fans for the postponement. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Audience members watch Chicago's Chance the Rapper perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park  Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Audience members watch Chicago's Chance the Rapper perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park  Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Festival goers relax in hammocks hanging from a large metal structure at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Festival goers relax in hammocks hanging from a large metal structure at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Florence Welch performs with her band Florence + the Machine at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Florence Welch performs with her band Florence + the Machine at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man holds a bunch of roses in front of the Field Museum before the Grateful Dead's final show at Soldier Field Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A man holds a bunch of roses in front of the Field Museum before the Grateful Dead's final show at Soldier Field Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger applauds with laughter during a play as he watches game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Lt. Reichenberger explained how the roar of fans across the street precedes what's happening on the television by an eleven-second broadcast delay.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger applauds with laughter during a play as he watches game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Lt. Reichenberger explained how the roar of fans across the street precedes what's happening on the television by an eleven-second broadcast delay.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera dives for first base as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez chases him down during the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox versus the Tampa Bay Rays game at U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera dives for first base as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez chases him down during the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox versus the Tampa Bay Rays game at U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fellow officers stand in salute of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz during his funeral at Hillside East Cemetery Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 in Antioch, Ill. Officers responded to a radio call from Lt. Gliniewicz on September 1 that he was chasing three suspicious men into a swampy area and later found him fatally shot. After an extensive manhunt involving dogs and helicopters, the suspects were never caught and an investigation into the incident revealed two months later that Lt. Gliniewicz's death was a suicide. It also revealed he had been embezzling from the village's police youth program for seven years. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fellow officers stand in salute of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz during his funeral at Hillside East Cemetery Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 in Antioch, Ill. Officers responded to a radio call from Lt. Gliniewicz on September 1 that he was chasing three suspicious men into a swampy area and later found him fatally shot. After an extensive manhunt involving dogs and helicopters, the suspects were never caught and an investigation into the incident revealed two months later that Lt. Gliniewicz's death was a suicide. It also revealed he had been embezzling from the village's police youth program for seven years. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 5300 block of West North Avenue Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Chicago. According to the medical examiner's office, 43-year-old James K. Graham was shot in the head by assailants on foot and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 5300 block of West North Avenue Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Chicago. According to the medical examiner's office, 43-year-old James K. Graham was shot in the head by assailants on foot and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania Contreras Guerrero, center, prays with her daughters Diana Ruiz, left, 11, Maryori Urbina Contreras, right, 15, and Valeria Ruiz, bottom, 6, as they prepare for the journey from their home in Waukegan to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania Contreras Guerrero, center, prays with her daughters Diana Ruiz, left, 11, Maryori Urbina Contreras, right, 15, and Valeria Ruiz, bottom, 6, as they prepare for the journey from their home in Waukegan to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania Contreras Guerrero presses her hand into her face as she sits in the car of  Julie Contreras (no relation), a volunteer with the League of United Latin American Citizens of Lake County, in Waukegan, before driving with her to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Tania's 15-year-old daughter Maryori Urbina Contreras travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Tania Contreras Guerrero presses her hand into her face as she sits in the car of  Julie Contreras (no relation), a volunteer with the League of United Latin American Citizens of Lake County, in Waukegan, before driving with her to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Tania's 15-year-old daughter Maryori Urbina Contreras travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Protesters and police officers clash during a "Black Christmas" protest along Michigan Avenue Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 in Chicago. Protesters blocked streets and stores along the Magic Mile, calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the release of a video showing the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times and killed by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke last year. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Protesters and police officers clash during a "Black Christmas" protest along Michigan Avenue Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 in Chicago. Protesters blocked streets and stores along the Magic Mile, calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the release of a video showing the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times and killed by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke last year. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, right, walks with former candidate for mayor of Chicago Chuy Garcia in Little Village during a campaign stop Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, right, walks with former candidate for mayor of Chicago Chuy Garcia in Little Village during a campaign stop Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. The final score was 4-3. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) to score the game-winning goal in overtime during the Chicago Blackhawks versus San Jose Sharks game at the United Center Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago. The final score was 4-3. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A couple shares a kiss as fireworks go off over the Chicago River during the Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve event shortly after midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 in downtown Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A couple shares a kiss as fireworks go off over the Chicago River during the Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve event shortly after midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 in downtown Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A few favorites from the past eight months here in Chicago. 

Finding Refuge

15-year-old Maryori Urbina-Contreras puts on her shoes in her bedroom as she prepares for the journey from her home in Waukegan to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

15-year-old Maryori Urbina-Contreras puts on her shoes in her bedroom as she prepares for the journey from her home in Waukegan to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori looks into a bathroom mirror as she brushes her hair in preparation for her immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court. She currently shares a room with her two younger siblings, both born in the United States, in the apartment with her mother and stepfather. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maryori looks into a bathroom mirror as she brushes her hair in preparation for her immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court. She currently shares a room with her two younger siblings, both born in the United States, in the apartment with her mother and stepfather. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Mother Tania Contreras Guerrero, center, prays with Maryori and her younger daughters Diana Ruiz, left, 11, and Valeria Ruiz, bottom, 6, as they prepare for the journey to Chicago for Maryori's immigration hearing. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. Quietly, she said, “Don't take her from me, Lord. You know how much I've struggled. I don't want to lose her, to lose my heart.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Mother Tania Contreras Guerrero, center, prays with Maryori and her younger daughters Diana Ruiz, left, 11, and Valeria Ruiz, bottom, 6, as they prepare for the journey to Chicago for Maryori's immigration hearing. Tania was worried her daughter might be deported. Quietly, she said, “Don't take her from me, Lord. You know how much I've struggled. I don't want to lose her, to lose my heart.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maryori is pictured as a young child in her home country of Honduras in a photo album kept by her mother at their home in Waukegan. Tania left their home in Honduras when Maryori was just a baby to look for work in the United States. Maryori was raised by her father and eventually her aunt, but said she spoke to her mother on the telephone almost every day. As she grew older, gang violence in Honduras rose to an all-time high and Maryori was never allowed outside alone except for school. When she was 12, she was robbed at gunpoint on her way to classes. Not long after, she witnessed three young men shoot an older man in the head over a cellphone. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori is pictured as a young child in her home country of Honduras in a photo album kept by her mother at their home in Waukegan. Tania left their home in Honduras when Maryori was just a baby to look for work in the United States. Maryori was raised by her father and eventually her aunt, but said she spoke to her mother on the telephone almost every day. As she grew older, gang violence in Honduras rose to an all-time high and Maryori was never allowed outside alone except for school. When she was 12, she was robbed at gunpoint on her way to classes. Not long after, she witnessed three young men shoot an older man in the head over a cellphone. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A rosary hangs on the wall of Maryori's bedroom Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Waukegan. Without telling her family in Honduras or her mother in the United States, Maryori made the decision to travel to the U.S. with a group of strangers and carried this rosary on her journey. She was merely one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A rosary hangs on the wall of Maryori's bedroom Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Waukegan. Without telling her family in Honduras or her mother in the United States, Maryori made the decision to travel to the U.S. with a group of strangers and carried this rosary on her journey. She was merely one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

With tears in her eyes, Tania hugs her daughter before they leave for Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

With tears in her eyes, Tania hugs her daughter before they leave for Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The family waits in the dark outside the home of Julie Contreras (no relation), a volunteer with the League of United Latin American Citizens of Lake County, in Waukegan. Julie is an advocate for several Honduran children who crossed the border alone and helped Maryori find a lawyer for her case and previously drove the family to other court hearings. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The family waits in the dark outside the home of Julie Contreras (no relation), a volunteer with the League of United Latin American Citizens of Lake County, in Waukegan. Julie is an advocate for several Honduran children who crossed the border alone and helped Maryori find a lawyer for her case and previously drove the family to other court hearings. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori, right, holds hands with her family as they again pray at the home of Julie Contreras in Waukegan before driving with her to court in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori, right, holds hands with her family as they again pray at the home of Julie Contreras in Waukegan before driving with her to court in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania presses her hand into her face as she sits in Julie’s car. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania presses her hand into her face as she sits in Julie’s car. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori holds her mother's hand as Julie drives the family to Chicago. Although Julie brought up many topics of conversation, the family was mostly silent. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori holds her mother's hand as Julie drives the family to Chicago. Although Julie brought up many topics of conversation, the family was mostly silent. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The family waits in line to go through security at immigration court, where photography of any kind is not permitted. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The family waits in line to go through security at immigration court, where photography of any kind is not permitted. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania, center, hugs Maryori, left, as they experience a moment of relief after her court hearing. At the hearing, the judge postponed a decision until 2018. The family is flanked by Julie Contreras, far right, and attorney Christopher Helt, far left. Helt, who is working the case pro-bono, had assured the family this would only be a status hearing, but the process can be drawn-out and confusing, so they were still wary. Maryori is able to stay in the United States for the next two years. The judge urged her to “use this time fruitfully.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tania, center, hugs Maryori, left, as they experience a moment of relief after her court hearing. At the hearing, the judge postponed a decision until 2018. The family is flanked by Julie Contreras, far right, and attorney Christopher Helt, far left. Helt, who is working the case pro-bono, had assured the family this would only be a status hearing, but the process can be drawn-out and confusing, so they were still wary. Maryori is able to stay in the United States for the next two years. The judge urged her to “use this time fruitfully.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Unburdened by uncertainty in the immediate future, Maryori shares a moment with her sister Diana outside immigration court as they look at photos on her phone. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Unburdened by uncertainty in the immediate future, Maryori shares a moment with her sister Diana outside immigration court as they look at photos on her phone. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori, left, Diana, center, and mother, Tania, right, stand during mass as Valeria sleeps, at Lincoln United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 in Chicago. The family is able to return to normal life for the time being. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori, left, Diana, center, and mother, Tania, right, stand during mass as Valeria sleeps, at Lincoln United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 in Chicago. The family is able to return to normal life for the time being. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori Urbina-Contreras holds a candle lighter and extinguisher as she acts as an acolyte during mass with her family at Lincoln United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 in Chicago. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Maryori Urbina-Contreras holds a candle lighter and extinguisher as she acts as an acolyte during mass with her family at Lincoln United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 in Chicago. Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

I accompanied 15-year-old Maryori Urbina-Contreras and her family from their home in Waukegan to an immigration hearing at Chicago Immigration Court in October. Fleeing violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother, who has been in the United States since 2001. She herself was robbed at gunpoint on the way to school when she was 12She was only one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014, and many ended up in Chicago.

Her ongoing immigration case will eventually determine if she is allowed to stay in the U.S. or be forced to return to Honduras. At the hearing in October, her case was postponed until 2018. For now, she can remain in the United States and continue her schooling and life with her mother, stepfather and two younger siblings. 

Here is a link to the in-depth story written by Colleen Mastony in the Chicago Tribune: 

Honduran teen, who entered U.S. as unaccompanied child, awaits word on fate

35 Parks

35 photos, 35 parks (plus one photo of a single speed camera next to Horner Park, top left corner). There are now 75 operating automatic speed enforcement cameras at 35 different parks around Chicago and another 71 at schools. More than $81 million dollars in fines was generated from these cameras between October 2013 and September 2015. The Chicago Tribune found that tens of thousands of drivers were ticketed under questionable circumstances.

35 photos, 35 parks (plus one photo of a single speed camera next to Horner Park, top left corner). There are now 75 operating automatic speed enforcement cameras at 35 different parks around Chicago and another 71 at schools. More than $81 million dollars in fines was generated from these cameras between October 2013 and September 2015. The Chicago Tribune found that tens of thousands of drivers were ticketed under questionable circumstances.

35 Parks. 75 automated speed cameras. There are now 75 operating automatic speed enforcement cameras at 35 different parks around Chicago and another 71 at schools. More than $81 million dollars in fines was generated from these cameras between October 2013 and September 2015 as part of the city's "Children’s Safety Zone Program." The Chicago Tribune found that tens of thousands of drivers were ticketed under questionable circumstances during this time.

The cameras detect vehicles traveling over the posted speed limit, on average 30 mph, during posted park hours, which are anywhere from of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 or 11:00 p.m., according to the Chicago Park District website. A $35 citation is issued for vehicles traveling 6-10 mph over and $100 for vehicles traveling 11 or more mph over the posted limit. 

Cameras associated with schools will issue tickets to drivers traveling over 20 mph between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on school days "when children are present in the safety zone and 30 mph when no children are present in the safety zone” and over the posted limit between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Photos taken by the cameras are reviewed by a private company and by the city to determine if there are pedestrians present and if those pedestrians are children. 

Problems with the Children's Safety Zone Program include tickets issued in school zones on days when school was not in session, no children present in photos, tickets issued when a park was under construction or after park hours, and other issues.

"Since the Tribune first began asking city officials about the program in July, the administration has altered guidelines for ticketing and begun to vacate nearly $1 million in tickets." 

Below are links to some of David Kidwell and Abraham Epton's investigative articles and details about the program, including video interviews with drivers who received questionable tickets:

Emanuel's speed cameras issue $2.4 million in bad tickets http://fw.to/Or8543S

Speed cameras near tiny playlots, closed parks lead to big payout http://fw.to/8OoftkK

Many school-zone speed camera tickets issued without danger to kids, Tribune finds http://fw.to/qvtQAJe

Deciding whether to appeal a speed camera ticket http://fw.to/UyWHkrK

D.C. Halloween

Washington Monument. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument. D.C. 2015.

Fall leaves. D.C. 2015. 

Fall leaves. D.C. 2015. 

Washington Monument. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument and National World War II Memorial. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument and National World War II Memorial. D.C. 2015.

National World War II Memorial. D.C. 2015.

National World War II Memorial. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument selfie. D.C. 2015.

Washington Monument selfie. D.C. 2015.

Lincoln Memorial. D.C. 2015. 

Lincoln Memorial. D.C. 2015. 

Lincoln Memorial. D.C. 2015.

Lincoln Memorial. D.C. 2015.

D.C. 2015. 

D.C. 2015. 

D.C. 2015. 

D.C. 2015. 

Halloweenies. D.C. 2015.

Halloweenies. D.C. 2015.

A quick trip this past weekend to Washington, D.C. to visit friends and explore a new city. 

Wrigleyville Firehouse

The Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Firefighter Bob King cooks dinner at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, before game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Firefighter Bob King cooks dinner at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, before game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, firefighters Alan Negron, engineer Greg Piszkiewicz, Bob King and Sam Fakhoury eat dinner at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

From left, firefighters Alan Negron, engineer Greg Piszkiewicz, Bob King and Sam Fakhoury eat dinner at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Dinner is left on the table after firefighters ran out on a call at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Dinner is left on the table after firefighters ran out on a call at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Engineer Greg Piszkiewicz, Lt. Daniel Reichenberger, Paul Ashack and Firefighter Alan Negron watch game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets  at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

From left, Engineer Greg Piszkiewicz, Lt. Daniel Reichenberger, Paul Ashack and Firefighter Alan Negron watch game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets  at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger stands outside of the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger stands outside of the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger applauds a play as he watches the game with his fellow firefighters at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Lt. Daniel Reichenberger applauds a play as he watches the game with his fellow firefighters at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A Cubs logo adorns the fire engine at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A Cubs logo adorns the fire engine at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Firefighter Bob King, left, chats with a baseball fan at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, before game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Firefighter Bob King, left, chats with a baseball fan at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, before game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Firefighter Sam Fakhoury's gear is ready for a call at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Firefighter Sam Fakhoury's gear is ready for a call at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and he New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, during game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and he New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Firefighter Bob King watches game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Firefighter Bob King watches game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at the Wrigleyville firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, across from Wrigley Field, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

I hung out with the firefighters and EMTs at the historic Wrigleyville Firehouse, home of Engine Co. 78 and Ambulance Co. 6, which is spitting-distance across the street from Wrigley Field. The Cubs were playing the New York Mets in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, and the guys were watching the game while chatting with random baseball fans who would wander in and out of the modest firehouse, eating dinner and then running out on a couple calls that night. There was a 12-second delay between what was happening across the street and what was playing on the televisions in the firehouse. Lt. Daniel Reichenberger counted the seconds between the roar of the fans coming from Wrigley Field when Jorge Soler hit a home run and when it finally showed up on the tv. The Cubs lost that night, and then lost the series the next night, but it didn't seem to stop the guys at the station from enjoying the game any less.

Here's a link to the story, with video! 

Chicago Marathon

The elite men's group takes off from Monroe Street and Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The elite men's group takes off from Monroe Street and Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands of runners take off from Monroe Street and head up Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands of runners take off from Monroe Street and head up Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Ben Maenza of the United States makes his way up Columbus Drive during the hand cycle start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. Maenza later won first place among the group of hand cyclists. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Ben Maenza of the United States makes his way up Columbus Drive during the hand cycle start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. Maenza later won first place among the group of hand cyclists. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands gather at Monroe Street and Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands gather at Monroe Street and Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Elite runner Sammy Kitwara of Kenya crosses the finish line second at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Elite runner Sammy Kitwara of Kenya crosses the finish line second at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands of runners take off from Monroe Street and head up Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Thousands of runners take off from Monroe Street and head up Columbus Drive for the start of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Men's elite winner Dickson Chumba of Kenya checks his watch after crossing the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Men's elite winner Dickson Chumba of Kenya checks his watch after crossing the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A woman stands with a Mexican flag at the finish line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A woman stands with a Mexican flag at the finish line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Women's elite winner Florence Kiplagat of Kenya gives a thumbs up after crossing the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Women's elite winner Florence Kiplagat of Kenya gives a thumbs up after crossing the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Scenes from the start and the finish line of the 2015 Chicago Marathon.

More photos from the Chicago Tribune.

Rowing in the Jungle

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew, from left, Amee McMahon, Joan Neal, Nina Clark and Monica Bernardo carry a rowing shell to the dock on the South Fork of the Chicago River, also known as "Bubbly Creek," August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch, the historically polluted area that gets its nickname from the bubbling gases of decomposing waste in the water - leftovers disposed of in the river by meatpacking businesses in the Union Stock Yards area in the early 20th century. In the present day, Bubbly Creek takes on water and waste from oversaturated sewers during heavy rainstorms. The women of Recovery on Water are sure to use hand sanitizer directly after practice and change clothes and bathe immediately when they get home. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew, from left, Amee McMahon, Joan Neal, Nina Clark and Monica Bernardo carry a rowing shell to the dock on the South Fork of the Chicago River, also known as "Bubbly Creek," August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch, the historically polluted area that gets its nickname from the bubbling gases of decomposing waste in the water - leftovers disposed of in the river by meatpacking businesses in the Union Stock Yards area in the early 20th century. In the present day, Bubbly Creek takes on water and waste from oversaturated sewers during heavy rainstorms. The women of Recovery on Water are sure to use hand sanitizer directly after practice and change clothes and bathe immediately when they get home. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Garbage and debris collect next to a dock along the South Fork of the Chicago River, also known as "Bubbly Creek," August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Garbage and debris collect next to a dock along the South Fork of the Chicago River, also known as "Bubbly Creek," August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Devlin Murdock, operations and programs coordinator of Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing group, uses a bullhorn to give directions during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Devlin Murdock, operations and programs coordinator of Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing group, uses a bullhorn to give directions during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The "Damen Silos," part of an abandoned grain elevator, sit along the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. Farther south, the river turns into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The "Damen Silos," part of an abandoned grain elevator, sit along the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. Farther south, the river turns into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew go past a blue heron and mallard hens on the shore during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew go past a blue heron and mallard hens on the shore during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. The team practices on the river twice a week and launches from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew row under the South Western Avenue bridge on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew row under the South Western Avenue bridge on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kym Reynolds rows with other members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kym Reynolds rows with other members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew during practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015 as the sun sets in the distance. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the South Branch of the Chicago River August 26, 2015 as the sun sets in the distance. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Recovery on Water breast cancer survivors rowing crew practice on the Chicago River twice a week and launch their boats from the area where the South Fork diverts from the South Branch. The South Fork is also known as "Bubbly Creek." The historically polluted area gets its nickname from the bubbling gases of decomposing waste in the water - leftovers disposed of in the river by meatpacking businesses in the Union Stock Yards area in the early 20th century.

"The grease and chemicals that are poured into it undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of its name; it is constantly in motion, as if huge fish were feeding in it, or great leviathans disporting themselves in its depths. Bubbles of carbonic gas will rise to the surface and burst, and make rings two or three feet wide." -Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906

In the present day, the area has recovered somewhat, but Bubbly Creek still takes on water and waste from oversaturated sewers during heavy rainstorms, causing dangerously high levels of bacteria. The women of Recovery on Water are sure to use hand sanitizer directly after practice and change clothes and bathe immediately when they get home.

This isn't the only area of the Chicago River that poses serious health risks. Read Michael Hawthorne's story on the state of the Chicago River here.

Politicians and Other Animals

"Merriehill Fine Line," barn name "Becca," peers over a wall as she gets a bath from owner Laura Schaufelberger of Chillicothe at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

"Merriehill Fine Line," barn name "Becca," peers over a wall as she gets a bath from owner Laura Schaufelberger of Chillicothe at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders  speaks to supporters gathered at a fundraising rally at Park West Monday, August 17, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders  speaks to supporters gathered at a fundraising rally at Park West Monday, August 17, 2015 in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sandra Kirkland of Chicago holds up a sign in support of Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at his fundraising rally at Park West Monday, August 17, 2015 in Chicago.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Sandra Kirkland of Chicago holds up a sign in support of Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at his fundraising rally at Park West Monday, August 17, 2015 in Chicago.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Taylor Donelson, 19, of McClean County, gives Scotty, her Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, a bath after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased the animal for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. The governor plans to donate meat from the steer to the University of Illinois. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Taylor Donelson, 19, of McClean County, gives Scotty, her Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, a bath after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased the animal for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. The governor plans to donate meat from the steer to the University of Illinois. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Taylor Donelson, 19, of McClean County, brushes Scotty, her Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased the animal for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Taylor Donelson, 19, of McClean County, brushes Scotty, her Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased the animal for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Scotty, Taylor Donelson's Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, gets a bath after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased him for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield.

Scotty, Taylor Donelson's Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, gets a bath after Gov. Bruce Rauner purchased him for $61,000 at  the annual Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield.

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to his supporters during Governor's Day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Republican politicians and party members gathered for a rally on the director's lawn at the state fairgrounds. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to his supporters during Governor's Day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Republican politicians and party members gathered for a rally on the director's lawn at the state fairgrounds. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Protesters chant about budget cuts and other issues outside of the director's lawn where Republican party members gathered for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Protesters chant about budget cuts and other issues outside of the director's lawn where Republican party members gathered for Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Penny Oldfather of Fairbury waits as two of her 14 goats get milked by an automatic goat-milking machine at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. She and her husband Mark purchased the machine so they don't have to milk their goats by hand twice a day. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Penny Oldfather of Fairbury waits as two of her 14 goats get milked by an automatic goat-milking machine at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. She and her husband Mark purchased the machine so they don't have to milk their goats by hand twice a day. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Penny Oldfather of Fairbury hooks one of her goats to an automatic goat-milking machine at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Penny Oldfather of Fairbury hooks one of her goats to an automatic goat-milking machine at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Cows rest in the sun in the "Hall of Champions" barn at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Cows rest in the sun in the "Hall of Champions" barn at the Illinois State Fair Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A butterfly sits on the left shoulder of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White as he gives a speech during Democrat Day on the director's law at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A butterfly sits on the left shoulder of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White as he gives a speech during Democrat Day on the director's law at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, August 20, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Supporters of the Republican party hold up American flags during Governor's Day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Supporters of the Republican party hold up American flags during Governor's Day, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tucker Beckmier, left, and his sister-in-law Michelle Beckmier, of Atwood, shear one of their sheep at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tucker Beckmier, left, and his sister-in-law Michelle Beckmier, of Atwood, shear one of their sheep at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kate Luthin of Riverton scrubs the hooves of her horse "EF Spur of the Moment," who she also calls "Moe," before showing her at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kate Luthin of Riverton scrubs the hooves of her horse "EF Spur of the Moment," who she also calls "Moe," before showing her at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Bruce Rauner dons his leather vest as he departs Governor's Day on his Harley Davidson motorcycle Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Bruce Rauner dons his leather vest as he departs Governor's Day on his Harley Davidson motorcycle Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

I photographed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during a rally at small music venue in Chicago, just one stop on his nationwide presidential campaign. His fans paid $50 each to see him speak at the fundraiser. 

The next day, it was off to Springfield for a mix of Democrats, Republicans and livestock at the Illinois State Fair. Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the "Sale of Champions" livestock auction and purchased the Land of Lincoln grand champion steer, Scotty, for $61,000 from McClean County teen Taylor Donelson. He plans to donate the meat the University of Illinois. Money from the auction is split among the young exhibitors, including Future Farmers of America and 4-H.

Governor's Day at the fair included a barbecue lunch for attending politicians and supporters of the GOP who showed up to cheer for Gov. Rauner and his fellow Republicans and loudly boo the mention of Democrat House Speak Michael Madigan. A group of protesters (who did not get the lunch) stood outside the gathering, vocalizing their anger over Gov. Rauner's budget cuts.

The Democrats got their turn the following day, with a brief appearance and speech from Speaker Madigan, and longer speeches from the likes of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and others, but far less turnout from supporters.

The animals of the state fair proved much more interesting and I wandered around to find their handlers bathing, scrubbing, milking and brushing them for show.

Air & Water

Spectators watch the AeroShell aerobatic team perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Spectators watch the AeroShell aerobatic team perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Aerostars aerobatic team performs in Yak 52 TW airplanes at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Aerostars aerobatic team performs in Yak 52 TW airplanes at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Left: The AeroShell acrobatic team performs at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)  Right: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Left: The AeroShell acrobatic team performs at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Right: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets perform at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Firebird Delta Team member Jack Knutson performs at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Firebird Delta Team member Jack Knutson performs at the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, August 16, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

It was all blue skies and hot weather on the final day of the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show along Lake Michigan.