hey, Chicago! I’m here per usual to tell you everything you need to know about what’s going on in the city, including news about:
- ⚾ White Sox say La Russa will not return this season
- 🚆 Man left dazed and bleeding after attack on CTA train
- 🍂 Map estimates when Illinois will see peak fall colors
But first, did you know Jupiter reaches “opposition” tonight—meaning, it will be on the complete opposite side of Earth as the sun? It will also be at its closest point to Earth since 1963! Learn more here.
But first, the weather:
Sun mixing with clouds; windy. High: 63 Low: 49.
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Top 5 stories in Chicago:
1) Man left dazed, bleeding on CTA train in bottle attack captured in viral video. Chicago police and the CTA are investigating after a man was robbed and hit over the head with a wine bottle during a brazen attack that has since gone viral after footage was posted to social media. In the video, posted by a Facebook user, multiple suspects are seen assailing a man on a CTA Red Line train, asking for his identification and then snatching an unopened bottle of wine from him. Video then shows the suspects reaching into his pocket and stealing money, and as the man begins to get up, one of the suspects strikes him in the head with a wine bottle, leaving him dazed and bleeding profusely in his seat.
2) ‘Deceptive’ Chicago City Wire mailer sent to voters looks like newspaper but is actually conservative campaign mailer. Upon first glance, the Chicago City Wire looks like any local newspaper. It’s printed on familiar, low-cost newsprint, and lays out a variety of articles, photographs and infographics, many with named bylines or wire service attributions. It’s folded like a traditional tabloid, and even has a high school sports section on the back. “Real dates. Real news,” its masthead reads. But a closer look at its content and funders tells a different story. The publication and ones like it, which have flooded thousands of mailboxes in the city and suburbs over the past month, is a product of Local Government Information Services, a Lake Forest-based LLC run by prominent conservative Brian Timpone and associated with conservative radio voice and Republican political strategist Dan Proft. The company is responsible for dozens of conservative news sites across Illinois, from Kankakee to Sangamon. While the publications are protected by the free speech provision of the First Amendment, they are essentially political mailers, intentionally disguised as newspapers, and misleading readers.
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3) White Sox say La Russa will not return to dugout this season. Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa will not return to the dugout this season. La Russa, who turns 78 on Oct. 4, had “additional testing and medical procedures over the past week,” the team said Saturday, and doctors have directed the Hall of Famer to stay away from managing for the rest of the season. Bench coach Miguel Cairo will continue to serve as acting White Sox manager. La Russa left the White Sox before an Aug. 30 game against Kansas City to deal with a heart issue. He rejoined the club in Oakland on Sept. 11 and flew back to Chicago for a two-game series against Colorado. La Russa was waiting for clearance to return to the dugout and managing during games. But Chicago just had 11 games left heading into Saturday night’s matchup with Detroit. “We are going to continue to follow his wishes of keeping much of the specific details and his personal information quiet,” general manager Rick Hahn said.
4) Dubbed a ‘toll bridge’ to sidestep a legal hurdle, Chicago Skyway soon became a white elephant. Who would buy something that doesn’t look like a bridge, doesn’t act like a bridge, but is offered for sale as a bridge? That’s what Atlas Arteria recently did. The Australian company spent $2 billion to acquire a 67% interest in the Chicago Skyway. The word “bridge” suggests a structure that passes over a river or a lake. Perhaps railroad tracks. But for most of its 7.8 miles, the Chicago Skyway, officially a toll bridge, just hovers over cross streets that were buried in its path. Stretching between the Dan Ryan Expressway and the Illinois-Indiana border, the Skyway has an effect similar to that of the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany, in how it slices up Chicago’s Southeast Side. Read on to learn more about the Skyway’s history, funding and future.
5) Map estimates when Illinois will see peak colors of 2022 fall season. According to Illinois’ tourism office, peak fall colors usually arrive in the second week of October in the Chicago area and along the Mississippi River, with central Illinois seeing peak color in the middle of the month and the southern portion of the state hitting its peak in the final week of the month. This year however, there is a chance that fall colors could potentially arrive a bit later than usual. Lake County in Illinois could potentially peak at its normal time in the first or second week of October, according to Smoky Mountains, a tourism service that provides information about Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Peak color in the Chicago area may not occur until the week of Oct. 24.
Today in Chicago:
- Versiti Blood Drive at Eris Brewery and Cider House (11:00 AM)
- Back to Cider School: Johnny ‘Appleseed’ Chapman’s Birthday at The Northman Beer & Cider Garden (5:00 PM)
- Fall into Harvest Season at City Winery (5:00 PM)
- Verivery at Concord Music Hall (5:30 PM)
- Fleet Feet Running Club Lincoln Square (6:00 PM)
- Tut Centennial Chapter Tour at Oriental Institute Museum (6:30 PM)
- Airbourne with The Native Howl at Bottom Lounge (7:00 PM)
- Postponed: Easy Life at SPACE (8:00 PM)
- The Gaslight Anthem with Tigers Jaw at The Riviera Theater (8:00 PM)
- The Paper Kites with Rosie Carney at Lincoln Hall (8:00 PM)
- Fall in Illinois: “Pumpkin patches and cider donuts and haunted houses, oh my! 😱🎃 Swipe for some of our favorite fall activities. 🔗 Tap our link in bio for more recommended activities this season #EnjoyIllinois #FallinIllinois” (Enjoy Illinois via Instagram)
- New exhibit: “NOW OPEN—”David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020″ Explore more than 100 new works celebrating the joys of the natural world from one of England’s most versatile and inventive artists. TICKETS—https://bit.ly/ 3yHL7Ka” (The Art Institute of Chicago via Facebook)
- Father of the American skyscraper: “Among Chicago’s architectural icons, there is an important name often overshadowed by his successors: William Le Baron Jenney, referred to as the “Father of the American Skyscraper.” Born #OnThisDay in 1832 in Fairhaven, MA, to a well-to-do family, Jenney received his training as an engineer at the École Centrale in Paris. in Chicago, where he opened a private practice.” (Chicago History Museum via Facebook)
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