🌱 Chicago Voted ‘Best Big City’ in US + Red Stars Chairman Steps Down

Good morning! As always, thank you for checking out today’s Chicago Daily. In today’s guide to local stories:

  • 🏆 Chicago was voted ‘Best Big City in the US’
  • 🌳 Hundreds of trees lie unplanted in Chicago lots
  • 🚨 Aunt accused of pushing toddler off Navy Pier now faces murder charges

But first, Chicago police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing man with autism. Andrew Hendricks, 40, was last seen at 14 West 95th Street on September 28, 2022. Anyone with information on Hendricks’ whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or CPD detectives at 312-747-8274. More info here.

Chicago police are also trying to find the driver of a truck that struck and killed a toddler in a hit-and-run Monday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Police released images of the dark-colored, two-tone, Ford pickup truck they believe was responsible for the crash. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CPD’s Major Accident Investigation Unit at (312) 745-4521. More info here.

☁️ The weather:

Clouds and sun. High: 75 Low: 57.

📰 Top 5 stories in Chicago:

1) ‘Some hellhole’: Chicago voted ‘Best Big City in the US’ by Condé Nast readers. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Chicago the “Best Big City in the US” for the sixth year in a row. In the 35-year history of Condé Nast’s Readers Choice Awards, no other US city has taken the award more than three straight times. Mayor Lori Lightfoot cited the city’s restaurants, hotels, meeting spaces, cultural institutions, entertainment venues and “vibrant, diverse neighborhoods,” as some of the reasons why Chicago remained top of the luxury brand’s tourism rankings. More than 240,000 readers voted in the annual awards, which surveyed readers for their best pick in dozens of categories. gov. JB Pritzker shared the news of Chicago’s six-peat in a social media post along with a dig at his opponent in next month’s gubernatorial election, a Xenia Republican State Sen. Darren Bailey. “Huh, some ‘hellhole,'” Pritzker said.

Chicago Patch

2) Aunt accused of pushing toddler into Lake Michigan now faces murder charges. A woman now faces first-degree murder charges in the death of her 3-year-old nephew, after prosecutors say she pushed him into Lake Michigan off Navy Pier last month. Victoria Moreno, or Des Plaines, originally was charged with attempted murder, after prosecutors said she was seen on surveillance video pushing Josiah Brown into the lake on Sept. 19, and then standing by and doing nothing as he sank to the bottom, where diverse found him a half-hour later. brown died six days later at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and on Tuesday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office confirmed Moreno is now charged with first-degree murder. Moreno is already being held without bond, and at her first hearing on the upgraded charges yesterday afternoon, was once again denied bail.

CBS Chicago

3) Volunteers archive key funeral records for genealogical research on Black Chicagoans. Members of the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago spent nearly a decade cataloging the burial records of Black Chicagoans. Now, their work will be preserved for generations and accessible to the public, thanks to a new, permanent home at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library. The records join the Midwest’s largest trove of materials on African American history. The database allows many Black Chicagoans to find out more about their roots and discover potentially forgotten details—such as whether the deceased belonged to a fraternity or sorority, or what role they played in church or the community. She also expects researchers can use the records to better understand the Great Migration, when Black Southerners moved north en masse to escape Jim Crow segregation. The contributions that wave of new arrivals made to Chicago are endless: jazz, blues, food, literature and historical figures—all the way up to a first lady in the White House.

Chicago Sun Times

4) Hundreds of trees lie unplanted in Chicago lots, with critics worried they’ll die in first frost. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised a year ago the city would use $46 million in pandemic relief funds to plant 75,000 trees across the city, but concerns are growing that thousands of trees remain in abandoned lots, and may die as the city expects a cold snap this weekend. At her budget address this week, Lightfoot once again touted the tree-planting program, which was designed to “enhance (Chicago’s) urban tree canopy” in the coming years. Parts of northern Illinois could see a hard freeze Friday night into Saturday morning, which would likely kill any unprotected plants that haven’t been given a chance to take root. ald. Ray Lopez, who is running to unseat Lightfoot next year, says that his office discovered hundreds of trees in a vacant lot at 46th Street and Damen in July. After bringing up concerns, Lopez says that city workers began to take them to various locations, but he’s concerned that it’s too little, too late. “Here they are all rotting away, weeks before the first frost, which will probably kill them all,” Lopez said. “We have seen minimal movement, and there are many trees that have sat here all summer.”

NBC Chicago

5) Arnim Whisler to step away from Red Stars after NWSL abuse report. More than a day after US Soccer released a report detailing systemic abuse and misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League—some of which took place with the Chicago Red Stars—the chairman of the team is stepping aside. Arnim Whisler announced he will hand control of the Red Stars to his executive team in Chicago while also taking himself out of his governance role on the NWSL Board of Governors. The report claimed Whisler had not acted promptly to protect players when he first heard of the allegations against former Red Stars manager Rory Dames in 2014. Dames resigned after the 2021 season. US Soccer commissioned the report to investigate claims of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct that rocked the league during the 2021 season.


📌 Today in Chicago:

  • Chicago Water Week 2022 (8:00 AM)
  • Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier (11:00 AM)
  • “Wicked” at James M. Nederlander Theater (2:00 PM)
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field (3:10 PM)
  • Movie screening: “Hocus Pocus” at The Emily Hotel (4:00 PM)
  • Ravenswood Farmers Market at Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church (4:00 PM)
  • Autumn Harvest Urban Farm Dinner at Big Delicious Planet (5:30 PM)
  • Seed Saving with Lisa Hilgenberg at Edgebrook Branch Library (6:00 PM)
  • 31 Days of Horror Film Screening: “You’re Next” at Austin-Irving Branch Library (6:00 PM)
  • American Sign Language: Beginners Course at Rogers Park Branch Library (6:00 PM)
  • Muralism as Placemaking in the Puerto Rican Community at Humboldt Park Branch Library (6:30 PM)
  • Michael Meyers Live Album Recording at The Lincoln Lodge (7:00 PM)
  • World Music Festival at Schubas Tavern (7:00 PM)
  • A Paige In Time at Chicago Magic Lounge (7:00 PM)
  • Haunted History Tour at Lincoln Park Zoo (7:00 PM)
  • Iron Maiden at United Center (7:30 PM)
  • Steve Lacy at Radius (8:00 PM)
  • Nerdbear Trivia: Hocus Pocus at The SoFo Tap (8:00 PM)
  • William Basinski, Faten Kanaan at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM)

📱 Social chatter:

  • Cowboy Attire: “Alcala’s outfits cowboys across the world. “No way did anybody ever dream that 50 years later, we’d still be together.”” (Block Club Chicago via Facebook)
  • Chicago Open House: “Wondering how to navigate OHC2022? We’ve got you covered with our Itinerary Series. ⁠ ⁠ First up, if you are interested in performance spaces you’ll want to check out 🎭 Theater to Silver Screen. 🍿” (Chicago Architecture Center via Instagram)
  • Haunted Illinois: “Enter if you dare. 👻 The McPike Mansion is notorious for its numerous hauntings, experienced by both visitors and paranormal investigators. Tours and events available every weekend throughout October. 📍 2018 Alby St. | Alton, IL 🔗” (Enjoy Illinois via Instagram )
  • CTA’s 75th anniversary: “On October 1, 2022, several thousand CTA fans joined us in celebrating our 75th Anniversary. To those of you who were able to join us, we say Thank You! #CTA75” (Chicago Transit Authority via Facebook)
  • Dia de Muertos: “oin us on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00pm for a virtual tour of the Day of the Dead, Memories & Offerings exhibition. Virtual tours are a great way to enjoy the museum from home! An educator will guide visitors through the gallery and discuss the artworks outstanding from this year’s exhibition, focusing on the offerings, artwork and facilities that make the Day of the Dead exhibition so special.” (National Museum of Mexican Art via Facebook)

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Nicole Cvetnic

About me: I’m a Midwesterner and very happy to call Chicagoland home. I love the outdoors—especially hiking, performing arts, photography, good food, travel and gardening. You can often find me reading to my two-year-old daughter, watching a tv series with my husband or cuddling with our special needs dog.

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