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Chicagoland - S01 E06


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.

Episode Title: Broken Wings
Airs: 2014-04-10 at 10:00 pm
  • Ellen Gray

    There are few issues in Chicagoland that won't seem drearily familiar to Philadelphians--or the residents of any large American city--but the show, narrated by former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Konkol, is remarkably engaging.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The patchwork narrative covers Chicago’s murder epidemic, gang violence, public schools crisis, sports stuff--all familiar stories. But they’re packaged in an engaging, informative way.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Chicagoland is a mosaic, as befits its many-cultured metropolitan setting--and for better or worse. The series moves fast to get it all in, muscling you with its Big Shoulders and too-present hip-hoppy soundtrack, giving you just enough of its characters--including kids and cops, a doctor, a rapper, a restaurateur--to make you feel you should be getting more of them.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    This is pretty much how it goes on Chicagoland: Emmanuel against everyone else.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Despite the unfortunate monotone narration of Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Konkol, whose script is full of hard-boiled cliches ("must be something in the water," when speaking of Chicago's gangland past) and odd phrasing ("school closings and budget cuts: the ultimate buzzkill"), and time spent with Emanuel that is occasionally charming, but often feels like fodder for a campaign ad, Chicagoland has more pluses than minuses.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The new show about another troubled city and its leader looks more like an ad campaign than a documentary.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While the filmmakers conjure plenty of big-shouldered moments, Chicagoland--the name notwithstanding--doesn’t establish itself as much of a TV destination.

    Variety Full Review