Homicide rates continue to rise in Chicago amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing last year’s recorded number of homicides by 207 with roughly a month left until the new year.

As of Nov. 29, there have been 711 reported homicides in the city of Chicago. A majority of homicides were concentrated on the city’s West and South sides.

Chicago has seen a steady decline in the number of reported homicides from 2010 to 2015, averaging about 542 homicides per year. There were 788 reported homicides in 2016, the highest recorded since 1992 where there were 942 homicides.

Since 2016…


A city infamously known for its segregated neighborhoods, Chicago currently harbors COVID-19 hotspots in predominantly socially disadvantaged communities.

Cook County recently surpassed over 300,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. In Chicago, as of October 18, there are currently 89,392 positive cases with a significant spike in the number of neighborhood cases, predominantly those on the city’s South and West sides.

Certain Chicago communities are being disproportionately affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These communities are mainly occupied by minority groups and people of color.

As of October 18 per data presented by Chicago Data Portal, the leading ZIP codes with the…


By Nicole Sroka

Though known for being a bustling city filled with industry, Chicago also harbors several historic buildings in the form of hotels. Embedded with intricate architecture and histories of famed guests, these iconic hotels contribute to the overall beauty of the Windy City.

Inspired by a former article, I decided to generate an interactive map which displays 10 of Chicago’s most historic hotels. Each hotel listed is based on independent research and is ranked based on the year the hotel was made open to the public.

Ranging from the famed Palmer House Hotel to The Whitehall, each…

Nicole Sroka

Native Chicagoan, journalist, artist, sneaker enthusiast and connoisseur of classic rock. https://nicolesrokadigital.wordpress.com

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