Chicago braces for NFL Draft and its impact on the city

By Scott Guthrie and Connor Morgan Additional Reporting by Nick Kariuki Medill’s Draft coverage Two dozen Medill reporters are covering the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. Check back for breaking stories all weekend. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed hard to land the 2015 NFL Draft. And now, just weeks after winning a second term in […]

Jake Chelios seeks to make a name for himself with Wolves

By Sara Romano In a lot of ways, the Wolves defenseman is just like other minor-league hockey players. He dreams of making the NHL. He struggles for playing time and tries to make the most of his opportunities. He talks to his dad after each game. But there is one big difference. His dad is […]

Wolves Wish program makes a difference for needy families

By Sara Romano Two months removed from surgery and recently out of a body cast, then-4-year-old Jack still walked with a noticeable limp, but was thrilled just to be sitting on the Chicago Wolves’ bench watching warm-ups one year ago. Born with hip dysplasia, a congenital misalignment of the hip joint, the curly-haired, blue-eyed boy […]

Affordable tickets, quality hockey a winning combo for Wolves

By Sara Romano Wolves’ season-ticket holder Grace Garritano can remember the first game she and her husband Rob ever attended. It was Game 7 of the 1998 Turner Cup championship series. The couple was up in the “triple-upper nosebleed seats” of a sold-out Allstate Arena. And the Wolves defeated the Detroit Vipers to clinch the […]

Garcia spoils Emanuel’s election night party

By Phoebe Tollefson Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia managed to dampen the mood at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s election night party Tuesday by temporarily overcoming the mayor’s approximately $30 million war chest and forcing the city’s first-ever runoff election on April 7. At the Journeyman Plumbers Union Local 130 on the Near West Side, Emanuel […]

Stanley Cup champs enjoy Wolves’ reunion, eye another championship

By Sara Romano Adam Burish had a mischievous grin on his face when he talked about the days following the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory in 2010. “I’ll always remember that night, and some of the following nights,” he said. “They all kind of blur together. The night we won … coming back to Chicago … […]

Wolves prepare for season-high seven-game home stretch

By Sara Romano It’s not every day that a minor league hockey team has the opportunity to star in a romantic comedy alongside the likes of Alicia Silverstone. But that was exactly the case Tuesday morning with the filming of Silverstone’s latest movie “Who Gets the Dog?” in which her co-star Ryan Kwanten plays a […]

Wolves players, coaches in favor of outdoor game

By Sara Romano Chicago Wolves defenseman Brent Sopel has fond memories of his childhood hockey days growing up in Calgary. “I grew up with a rink in my backyard that my dad would flood for me every winter,” Sopel recalled. “Growing up in Canada, that’s all we wanted to do. We didn’t want to go […]