All In spent the year of 2017 trying to understand the very real crisis of violence in Chicago. We returned to the city again and again to talk to the people who actually live there - the people suffering as a result of the violence and the people trying to do something to stop it.

 

The Cycle of Violence

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How are there so many shootings in Chicago?

Trymaine Lee talks with anti-violence intervention workers - who go out on the streets at night and talk to neighborhood kids to try to get them to turn away from a life of violence - about the cycle of retribution that fuels so much of the gun violence in Chicago.


Former gang members try to stop Chicago's cycle of violence

With thousands of guns on the streets of Chicago, individual disputes turn deadly fast. What starts as a beef between two people often ends with five, six, seven people dead - leaving neighborhoods trapped in a bloody cycle of retaliation.


Tracking Chicago homicides

There were over 660 homicides in Chicago in 2017 - down from 792 in 2016.

The Chicago Tribune tracks every homicide that occurs in the city.

Click on the map below to see their interactive reporting.


Chicago Police Superintendent: Trump's narrative is "frustrating"

Donald Trump's narrative about Chicago as some type of war zone is "doesn't really depict what's going on," says Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Neighborhoods and Segregation

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"It's a very segregated city"

Chris Hayes and activist Jedidiah Brown discuss some of the challenges posed by the many forms of segregation in Chicago. 


The South Side

Natalie Moore, author of "The South Side," talks with Trymaine Lee about the history of residential segregation in Chicago and the realities of segregation in the modern city. 


The real story behind Chicago's crime numbers

This is the story of a murder that disappeared and the city it disappeared in.

Trauma and Mental Health

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"One day it's gonna be at our door"

Activist Rachel Williams, who lost her 11-year-old cousin to gun violence, says she always knew the bloodshed she saw around her city would come to her family’s doorstep. 


Losing an 11-year-old to gun violence

Naikeeia Williams lost her daughter Takiya - Rachel Williams' cousin - to a stray bullet on the south side of Chicago.

One month later, she talks to Trymaine Lee about how she's coping with the loss.


Chicago: A city in trauma

Trymaine Lee reports on the effect that living under the perpetual threat of danger has on the residents of violent neighborhoods in Chicago. 


Counting broken bodies, but not broken spirits

"We do a great job of counting the dead. Their ages, when and where they were killed. But we do a terrible job at counting the survivors. Not those who physically cheated death, but those who have been emotionally cheated by death," writes Trymaine Lee for MSNBC.com.