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How are Chicagoans doing in Beijing?

By Carrie Shepherd | @cshepherd


Athletes with ties to the Chicago area are repping the U.S. in Beijing in sports ranging from hockey to figure skating to speed skating.

The Chicago Tribune has tracked how some of those Olympians have performed since the games started on Feb. 4.

🏒 Women’s Ice Hockey:
Apparently, the Chicago area should be your first stop when drafting a women’s hockey team. Six players on the national squad hail from the burbs: Megan Bozek, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Savannah Harmon, Hilary Knight, and Abbey Murphy.
How’d They Do? They face Finland in the semifinals Monday after beating Czech Republic 4-1 on Friday.

⛷️ Men’s Ski Jumping:
The three athletes repping the U.S. in this event — Kevin Bickner, Patrick Gasienica, and Casey Larson —  have connections to Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, according to the Tribune. 
How’d They Do? None of them placed in the top 30 to advance to the next round of individual events.

Fun Fact:Illinois is among the top states to send athletes to the 2022 Winter Olympics. 

COVID Protocols: Read what they look like in Beijing and then listen to our conversation with reporter Stacy St. Clair about covering last summer’s Tokyo Games.

📺 Watch:  USA Women’s Hockey play Finland at 7:10 a.m. CST.


We asked for YOUR love stories, and you did not disappoint! From romantic love to civic love, you brought us those tales!

🚲 Jake Diaz told us about a magical Chicago night riding a Divvy bike from Thalia Hall in Pilsen, cutting over to Lake Street, under the Green Line with “the lights just hitting in a fantastic way,” before heading home to Humboldt Park. Diaz said, “Just when I think I’m getting bored with [Chicago], it gives me some tidbit or moment that makes me feel so much love.”

🧑‍🌾 Back in 2017, Adam Peterson met his girlfriend at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park when she stopped by his stand to buy artichokes. Perhaps not a natural aphrodisiac, but it worked for Adam. Their first date included snacks from Gene’s Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, a movie in the park, and late night jazz at the Green Mill in Uptown. 

🌆 Nic Dimond falls in love with Chicago each time he drives south on Lake Shore Drive, crosses the bridge at Fullerton, and sees the skyline. “I shake my damn head and fall in love with our city all over again,” Nic told us.

 Listen to more love stories from some of City Cast’s cutest couples, and hear Jacoby’s story about his family’s roller skating rink. 


▪️ Seven Chicago firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries while fighting a “flashover” fire in Roseland Saturday afternoon. [ABC 7 Chicago]

▪️ Could Soldier Field get a new roof? Mayor Lori Lightfoot hasn’t ruled it out just yet. [Chicago Sun-Times]

▪️ How do some high school students feel about the changing mask mandate? [Chalkbeat Chicago]

▪️ The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform work by one-time Chicagoan Philip Glass. [Chicago Tribune]

▪️ Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand L. Barnett were one of Chicago’s great power couples. [WBEZ’s Curious City]


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