Penguin visits whales at closed Chicago aquarium

A Rockhopper penguin named Wellington took a field trip this week to visit the beluga whale exhibit at Chicago’s shuttered Shedd Aquarium. (March 31)

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Thermal screener reads temperature without contact

A contactless temperature screening device is being used to reduce the risk of virus exposure for anyone entering Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. (March 31)

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Respiratory therapist: Pandemic ‘overwhelming’

Chicago respiratory therapist Brady Scott says he feels overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Scott says so many people need breathing machines that simply haven’t been manufactured yet. (March 30)

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DOD looks to put beds in Chicago convention center

Army Corps of Engineers officials are exploring ways to convert a sprawling convention center on Chicago’s lakefront into a facility housing “about 3,000” beds that could be needed for patients suffering from COVID-19. (March 27)

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Chicago police block lakefront amid virus spread

Chicago’s popular lakefront trails lining Lake Michigan have been closed to the public due to the coronavirus. Police officers used vehicles and barricades to block entrances.  (March 26)

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Navy Pier and much of Chicago closed by virus

Popular Chicago attractions like Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile shopping strip on Michigan Avenue are quiet due to closures prompted by the coronavirus. (March 25)

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Chicago hotels to house coronavirus patients

Chicago’s plan to reserve at least 1,000 hotel rooms through partnerships with five hotels is the first sweeping strategy unveiled in the US, aimed at relieving pressure on hospitals as they deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients. (March 24)

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Chicago’s ‘Bean’ sculpture closed amid quarantine

Tourist attractions, like Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture, are closed days after Illinois’ governor issued a stay-at-home order. (March 24)

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Cook County jail detainees vote in Ill. primary

Detainees at Cook County Jail in Chicago are going to the polls in jail for the first time in the state’s history. The voting is the result of a new law that requires the state’s largest county to set up voting machines inside jail. (March 16)

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Chicago cancels St. Patrick’s parade due to virus

Chicago has joined the growing ranks of cities across the United States to call off its St. Patrick’s Day events amid concerns about the coronavirus. (March 11)

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Bernie Sanders supporters rally ahead of Tuesday primaries | AFP

A campaign rally to support Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders takes place in Chicago, a week after the “Super Tuesday” elections boosted Joe Biden’s bid to become the party’s nominee for president. Six states will hold Democratic primaries on Tuesday.

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ShowBiz Minute: R Kelly, Kardashian West, Iglesias/Martin

R Kelly to enter plea to reworked federal charges in Chicago; Kim Kardashian West, former prisoners visit White House; Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias announce co-headlining tour. (March 5)

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Virus outbreak cancels trade shows far and wide

Many trade events, including a housewares show in Chicago, are being canceled worldwide as the spread of the coronavirus continues. (March 3)

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Virtual reality puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK

A high-tech museum exhibit puts visitors face-to-face with Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The virtual reality exhibit opened in Chicago on Friday. (Feb. 28)

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself last year in Chicago. His attorneys are also seeking to have the case dismissed. (Feb. 24)

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Jussie Smollett arrives at court as he’s accused of fabricating crime | AFP

US actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court in Chicago as he faces charges related to accusations that he fabricated a hate crime against himself. IMAGES

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US: Jussie Smollett’s alleged hired attackers arrive at court | AFP

Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundario, the two brothers that former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett allegedly hired to stage an attack, arrive at a courthouse in Chicago. The US television actor, who was accused of fabricating a hate crime, was earlier this month indicted on six counts related to the incident after all charges against him were dropped last year. IMAGES

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Jussie Smollett back in court on new charges

Actor Jussie Smollett is back in court Monday on a new set of charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year. (Feb. 24)

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)

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Today in History for February 18th

‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is first published; Jefferson Davis is sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America; ‘Chicago Seven’ defendants in court; Dale Earnhardt, Senior dies. (Feb. 18)

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Obama makes surprise appearance at NBA event

Former President Barack Obama made an unannounced appearance Friday at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago with several of the league’s top rookies, second-year players and coaches. (Feb. 14)

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ShowBiz Minute: Smollett, Weinstein, ‘Parasite’

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago; Closing arguments next as Harvey Weinstein declines to testify at rape trial; “Parasite” team return home. (Feb. 12)

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1st US case of human-to-human spread of new virus

Health officials have reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China. The man is married to a Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, China. (Jan. 30)

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Coronavirus spread from wife to husband in Chicago: official | AFP

The director for the Illinois Department of Public Health says they have identified the first person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus on American soil, a Chicago resident who contracted the illness from his wife. SOUNDBITE

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