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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 6, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Narrated by Mark Konkol, the series takes a look at how policies and politics influence the people who live and work in the Windy City.
  • Genre(s): News/Documentary, News, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 5, 2014
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 5, 2014
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    This is pretty much how it goes on Chicagoland: Emmanuel against everyone else.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 5, 2014
    50
    While the filmmakers conjure plenty of big-shouldered moments, Chicagoland--the name notwithstanding--doesn’t establish itself as much of a TV destination.
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 6, 2014
    50
    The new show about another troubled city and its leader looks more like an ad campaign than a documentary.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Apr 11, 2014
    0
    Could have been decent, but as it turns out far too racist "give me something for nothing" "the world owes me the world" "we're #1, but weCould have been decent, but as it turns out far too racist "give me something for nothing" "the world owes me the world" "we're #1, but we certainly don't want to work for it" crap. Basically, every major city ghettoland trash USA circa 2014 reality. Expand