Every night, almost without exception, a bullet is fired in America, a young man dies and a family is destroyed.
Freezing conditions have made the task of putting out a fire at a warehouse in Chicago difficult as water froze everything solid.
US lottery officials wrote Urooj Khan a cheque for almost $500,000. But before he could collect it he suddenly fell ill and died.
More than 9,000 flights have been cancelled in the US in the past four days as a result of the severe weather and record low temperatures, Bloomberg reports.
Most of the cancellations were in the Chicago airport, with O’Hare International and Midway International accounting for 1,500 cancellations.
Temperatures on the East Coast of the US have plummeted, with Chicago hitting lows of -15 this morning. The previous record for the Windy City was -14 in 1988.
NBC affiliate NBC Chicago tweeted a picture of Lake Michigan that appeared to show steam covering the Great Lake.
Chicago resident Jim Lakely posted a city-view picture that appeared to show the city's frozen river:
The anticipated 'polar vortex' is set to blast much of the country, with NBC reporting that "every state except Hawaii" is expected to face freezing temperatures today.
Police are searching for a woman who took an alligator on a Chicago train before it was found abandoned at O'Hare International Airport.
Security footage shows the unknown woman boarding a Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train on 1 November at around 2.17am, carrying the small, sickly alligator under her arm.
The two-foot-long alligator was eventually captured after an airport maintenance worker found it under an escalator at Terminal 3.
One World Trade Center, the marquee skyscraper at the site of the 9/11 attacks, is officially the tallest building in the United States.
By crowning the 1,776 feet Manhattan skyscraper as the tallest building in Western hemisphere, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ended a bitter dispute between New York and Chicago.
Chicago is home to the 1,451 feet Willis Tower that previously held the title.
The argument was centered around the building's 408-foot mast and whether it counts as part of its official height.
Had the council classified the mast as a broadcast antenna, the title would have been kept by the Willis Tower.
Eleven people including a three-year-old child have been shot in Chicago, according to reports.
The Chicago Tribune said the attack took place at 10.15pm local time, or 4.15am UK time.
Sources told the newspaper that the three-year-old child had been shot in the face.
About 60 police officers were on the scenes in the Back of the Yards area of the city, the report said.
Chicago gun owners will no longer be required to register their weapons and the obtain a city firearms permit after the city council voted to eliminate the processes.
Gun owners in the state - which has a nationwide reputation for gun violence - will still be required to apply for a concealed carry licence under a new state law, but the gun registry which has been in place since 1968 will be abolished.
Illinois became the last state in the nation to permit some form of possession of guns in public earlier this year.
Arresting images of teenage boys appearing to be pregnant are at the centre of a new campaign to encourage young people to practice safe sex in the US city of Chicago.
The city has among the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the US, so health campaigners decided to take a radical approach to combating the problem.
The images - which feature doctored images of heavily-pregnant boys in different settings - will go on display on billboards across Chicago.
Brian Richardson, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Health, said he hoped the campaign would "cut through the clutter and get people thinking about teen pregnancy and teen births, and how it can affect more than just teen girls".
A driver was injured when a 40-foot sinkhole swallowed three cars on a residential street in the US city of Chicago today.
Witnesses said the man was trying to drive his car around the hole when the road gave way, the Chicago Tribune newspaper reported. He suffered minor head injuries.
The sinkhole opened up after a water main broke in the South Deering neighborhood of the city, the paper said.
Chicago continued its 51-year tradition of colouring it's river green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Thousands of revellers watched the festivities from the bridges as the water was dyed emerald green before the city's parade.