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Chicagoland is an eight-episode documentary series focusing on the political scene in modern day Chicago. The show used three camera crews to collect more than a thousand hours of footage of several notable Chicago figures doing their respective jobs in City Hall, within the school system, and at the Chicago Police Department.

The main focus of the show is Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who has to deal with the realities of running a major American city that is facing financial difficulties and an escalating problem with crime.

Fenger High School principal Elizabeth Dozier attempts to run her South Side school while facing budget cuts and the often violent environment her students must content with.

Chicago PD Superintendent Garry McCarthy deals with gang activity, general crime, and security concerns during major events in the city.

Created by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin, narrated by Mark Konkol and produced by Robert Redford, the show received generally favorable reviews, with some critics complaining that the presentation was too promotional for the mayor and the city of Chicago.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on CNN
1 Season, 8 Episodes
March 6, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Drama

Chicagoland Full Episode Guide

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel givs his annual budget address. Chicago Ideas Week gets underway and features appearances from Mario Batali and Hebru Brantley.

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel attempts to improve the city's image but a mass shooting ends up making national headlines.

  • The Mayor launches a series of new projects involving public works. Richard Daley meanwhile reflects at his time in office. The community leaders try and improve their neighborhoods. Fenger High School students come up against a potential gang war.

  • All of Chicago is on edge as kids must walk across dangerous gang lines to get to their new schools; Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier is anxious that kids will be too afraid to show up to school which will result in further budget cuts.

  • Dwyane Wade, Common and Magic Johnson help Mayor Rahm Emanuel promote youth programs in Chicago. A promising young man is mentored by the mayor; a youth rapper makes a debut at Lollapalooza; a Fenger high-school student is released from prison.

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and talks about his experience with immigrant parents. An immigrant experience play is performed at the Albany Park Theater Project; chef Grant Achtaz meets a Fenger High culinary graduate; a series of 4th of July shootings cause chaos; a Cook County trauma surgeon tries to save a young gunshot victim's life.

  • The residents of Chicago celebrate the Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup win; Mayor Rahm Emanuel is faced with criticism because of his plans for the schools; Fenger Academy High School students organize a peace march when a shooting happens by the school; a police chief works to change the activity of gangs.

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans school closings; South Side high school is affected by budget cuts; Michelle Obama speaks at the funeral of a murdered teenager; the Chicago Police Department works on lowering the crime rate in the city.

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