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What We're Reading: Chicago Fire Actors Say Our Winters 'Ain't No Joke'

By  David Matthews Kelly Bauer and Andrew Herrmann | December 9, 2015 2:35pm | Updated on December 9, 2015 2:37pm

 Chicago Fire actor expresses his thoughts about Chicago weather.
Chicago Fire actor expresses his thoughts about Chicago weather.
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TV, Trump and a closer look at Baltimore after the Freddie Gray protests — what we're reading on this Wednesday:

Chillin' Out: Cast members of NBC's Chicago Fire, filmed here, have often commented on the beauty of the city and the warmth of its people. But the flipside is the Chicago weather, specifically winter. Senior editor Andrew Herrmann is reading a yahoo!TV story where the actors say it can be brutal.

“I’m fine ‘til Christmas. I can tolerate anything until Christmas. And then January and February, it’s something special. It’s not cold, it’s something else. Like 20 degrees below Fahrenheit is just absurd,” says Taylor Kinney.

Adds Eamonn Walker: “When you’re here and you’re trying to do those scenes and the blood in your face freezes and you can’t speak properly, it ain’t no joke."

Grab your long johns: It's show time on the set of Chicago Fire. [NBC]

Tough Times for Trump Tower: Donald Trump's outspoken views on immigrants, particularly Muslims, are striking a nerve with some Chicagoans who live in the presidential candidate's namesake tower, reporter David Matthews is reading in the Tribune. The paper interviewed several Trump residents, some of whom too embarrassed to give their names, who are ashamed that their building — one of the most recognizable in Chicago — is associated with the firebrand political candidate, who recently called to block all Muslims from entering the country. "You know what people here say?" said one. "They say, 'I live at 401 North Wabash.'"

Donald Trump stands next to a rendering of Trump Tower in the file photo from 2003. [Getty Images]

A Laboratory of Urban Violence: Protests and violence followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in Baltimore last year. New York Magazine provides a glimpse into the city and how it and its residents changed following the protests.

Among some of what the magazine relays: Citizens had to travel farther and head into unsafe territory after stores were burned during the city's unrest, the relationship between police and the public turned icy but has thawed and gang members volunteered to help quell violence after being upset about being blamed for it.

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