Our Lady of Guadalupe Mural

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Chicago Stories: Our Soldiers, Our Lady Of Guadalupe

This is the story of pride and heartbreak in a close-knit south side community. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chicago's first and oldest Mexican-American parish, lost 12 young men in the Vietnam War during a brutal five-year period. These young men came from a proud military heritage, and some felt they owed a debt of gratitude to America. But, as the war dragged on and antiwar protests escalated, some in this patriotic community began to question why Mexican-Americans bore a disproportionate brunt of an unpopular war.


A Guide to Memorial Day Programming on WTTW

This Memorial Day weekend, explore the extraordinary stories of those in the armed forces with a variety of programming on WTTW.

USS Lagarto

Latino Voices

Latino Veterans Join Forces this weekend

Whether laying wreaths, flying American flags or donning red poppies, Chicagoans unite over Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans who served in the U.S. military.

Post 1017 commander Abundio Zaragoza


The Return of the Cicadas

Cicadas are taking the country by storm in 2024, and Illinois is at the center of a historic swarm of insects 200 years in the making.

Cicada on green leaf.

For parents

Make a List of Your Heroes

Who are your heroes? They can be historic figures, modern-day heroes, or people from your everyday life.

Child hugging veteran.
A memorial outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Chicago.

Arts & Entertainment

Latino Veterans Join Forces for Memorial Day Weekend Ceremonies in Chicago

Whether laying wreaths, flying American flags or donning red poppies, Chicagoans unite over Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans who served in the U.S. military.

Three women sit around a poker table topped with shredded paper in a library


Catch a Look at the Upcoming Marlow Murder Club

Watch the first trailer for The Marlow Murder Club, an adaptation of a popular novel, while it goes into production for a second season before its premiere this fall.

Edward Cervantez as a bat boy

Chicago Stories

White Sox Bat Boy and Vietnam Soldier

Edward “Eddy” Cervantez was the pride of his community when he became a bat boy, but his life was cut short in Vietnam.

Antonio Lightfoot, deputy director at the nonprofit Workers Center for Racial Justice, speaks at a news conference in the Illinois State Capitol. Advocates wore orange jumpsuits to symbolize the restrictions placed on people who return to society from prison. (Dilpreet Raju / Capitol News Illinois)

Crime & Law

Advocates Underscore Need for Statewide Reentry Programs as Several Bills Aimed at Supporting People With Criminal Records Stall

Illinois legislators this week approved a bill to restructure an oversight board in charge of distributing state money to courts that provide prison alternatives, while other criminal justice measures introduced throughout the session remain stalled.

Little girl eating watermelon.

For parents

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Fruit (And Love It!)

If you think your kids aren’t eating enough fruit, you may be right. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 60 percent of children eat less than the recommended daily amount.

Wolf Islander Retro Scooter

Enter to Win

2024 Spring Early Bird Prize: Wolf Islander Scooter

The Wolf Islander is an economy retro scooter that’s above average in its class and built with top-quality parts. Easy on the eyes and even easier to keep happy, the Wolf Islander gets excellent gas mileage, requires little maintenance, and excels during light day-to-day, inner-city travel. No motorcycle license required. Enter by May 31!

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