The City of Chicago Data Portal gives us data on Chicago crime statistics.

Crime in Chicago has been a hackneyed political talking point for years now, seen most notably in the former U.S. President Donald Trump’s critique of the progressive city.

Not only has it been at the forefront of much political debate, but the influx of carjacking within the last year has also even generated a denunciation of video games like “Grand Theft Auto” from lawmakers.

Upon reviewing a City of Chicago dataset, the number of reported crimes seems to be diminishing within the past 20 years.

View the infographic below for statistics specific to 2019.



Craft Breweries by State Rankings

Craft breweries have given many Americans the experience of a beer hall experience that is yearned for in the era of COVID-19. Take a look at how craft brewery numbers compare from 2015 to 2019.

Source: Datawrapper graphic

Throughout the United States, we see that, in 2015, there was no less than eight craft breweries in the nation and reached a total of 518 craft brewers.

The Brewers Association boast a little over 50,000 members in their association, combining American Homebrewers Association and US brewery members. Such a large membership has given the association the resources to measure the growth of not only craft brewers nationwide, but to also measure brewpubs, microbreweries, and taprooms.

Source: Brewers Association



Chicago is home to many locally owned businesses and bookstores are no exception. With COVID-19 cases on the rise through the winter months, Illinois officials are encouraging people to stay home.

Faced with limited options for entertainment, many people faced with tech fatigue, are turning to books to provide a refreshing change of pace.

Here are some bookstores that need all the help they can get to combat pandemic related losses in revenue.