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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sobering docuseries sheds light on city's grim realities.

TV CNN Reality TV 2014
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Executive produced by a power team that includes Oscar winner Robert Redford, Chicagoland takes its cues from the Sundance Channel docuseries Brick City, which nabbed a Peabody Award and an Emmy nod for its coverage of Newark, New Jersey, and then-Mayor Cory Booker's attempts to reverse the city's systemic problems with violence and corruption with help from everyday citizens.

Though Midwesterners might have the most interest in Chicagoland's warts-and-all profile of the Second City, it's well worth a look for viewers of any region -- particularly if you're a parent with school-age children. Depending on where you live, you may or may not be able to relate, but the stories you'll hear from South Side kids who fear for their lives while simply walking to school are both disturbing and deeply moving. The series might also serve as a springboard for talks with older teens about the social climate in their schools and how it affects them.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 6, 2014
  • Network: CNN
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Topics: High School
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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