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People have varying points of view about travel, especially post pandemic. There’s the COVID-19 factor, gas prices resulting in more expensive road trips and airline travel. If the Chicagoland resident, of either city or suburbs, steps outside the box of traditional travel, there are all sor…

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To some, New Buffalo, Mich., a quiet escape an hour east of Chicago, could be labeled as quaint. But quaint doesn’t quite do the town justice. Not when you factor all the wonderful lodging and dining experiences that await you in this peaceful lakeshore town.

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Waiting for the corn stands to open, anticipating friend-filled picnics in the American Legion Park and visiting with former classmates at my No-Class Reunion are just a few of the many activities I look forward to every summer in my little hometown of Dupo, Illinois, nestled near the banks …

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The Museum of Ice Cream Chicago opened its doors on July 16 in the historic Tribune building. Chicagoans have plenty of choice when it comes to sweet spots for a cool treat.

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The Community Marketplace on the Chicago Riverwalk, a popular local destination for recreation and dining, has reopened to the public, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood announced Wednesday.

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Judging from the jam-packed, well-heeled crowd at Le Colonial Lake Forest, its grand opening was a great success! The beloved restaurant has slowly opened with some family and friends nights leading up to the official opening on Wednesday, July 6, at 655 Forest Avenue. Tucked into a charming…

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We are excited to present the July 2022 issue of Chicago Star! Founded during the pandemic in March 2021, this paper brought positivity to our communities when we needed it the most. We are proud to continue this mission as the go-to source for delivering uplifting news you can use to neighb…

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioners Alma Anaya (7th District) and Brandon Johnson (1st District), and the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance program network, today announced its “Together We Thrive” initiative and the official launch of Small Busi…

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and local and State organizations announced Wednesday that Kimberly-Clark, a multinational company that produces brands such as Kleenex and Huggies, plans to open a commercial center for North American consumer products in Chicago.

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The Englewood Connect project, a proposed development described by city officials as an "eco-food hub" designed to employ and feed area residents, is one of three winning INVEST South/West proposals announced earlier this month.

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One of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, Navy Pier, is opening its first-ever hotel this Thursday, March 18. 

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Nonprofit organizations in the Chicago Urban Area, which includes the City of Chicago and Cook County, are encouraged to apply for funding for protection upgrades. For this grant program, the US Department of Homeland Security allocates a total of $180 million to eligible 501(c) (3) organiza…

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After more than four decades on the Magnificent Mile, the Macy's store at Water Tower Place will be closing its doors following a clearance sale that will begin this month and last for about eight to 12 weeks, the company announced Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Residents rallied behind their neighborhood businesses at the inaugural Streeterville Week celebration held Nov. 13-22, a new event designed to raise Chicagoans’ spirits and bring the downtown community together.

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A citywide Stay-at-Home Advisory is being described as the “key pillar” of a new plan to keep Chicagoans safe. According to a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), it app…

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Chicago is launching four initiatives designed to provide financial aid and resources to restaurants, bars and hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting indoor dining closures, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Thursday, Nov. 5.

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In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Chicago is implementing restrictions that limit operation hours of non-essential businesses, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and public health officials announced Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Amazon announced today that it would hire new employees to fill more than 100,000 open jobs throughout the U.S. and Canada and, according to several media reports, over 5,000 of them will be in Chicago.

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Global professional services firm Aon has released the results of a new COVID-19 Pulse Survey focused on how companies are rethinking their human capital strategies in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Chicago Tribune reported on August 17 that Prudential Insurance Company of America is suing to have its named removed from the buildings and plaza at the corner of Randolph St. and Michigan Ave. The company cited an alleged $10 million overdue payment from Sterling Bay over naming rights…

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When life throws you a curveball, you have to adapt. For the Young Professionals of Streeterville (YPS), that meant having to change up its plans for social events, which were no longer allowed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As Illinois heads into the fourth phase of its multi-stage reopening plan, Chicago daycares, preschools and other childcare providers are beginning to welcome back children and families while navigating new state requirements designed to curb the potential spread of COVID-19 through increase…

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Chris Pena, born in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, moved to nearby Calumet City when he was six years old. The son of a father who worked for Ford and a mother who was employed by ComEd, he graduated from Marian Catholic High School in 1993 and took a job on the assembly line at Ford’s Chic…

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Groupon will lay off or furlough 2,800 employees — roughly 44% of its workforce — in a two-part plan announced yesterday. Founded in 2008 in Chicago, the company offers online deals on goods and experiences through a model inspired by the bargaining power of traditional volume discounts. The…

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By Daniel Patton, April 8, 2020 Chicago-based folk band Sones de México Ensemble is preparing to share a dose of good fortune with its fans. As one of 175 recipients to receive an arts grant from the from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the group will receive its payment nearly…

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By Daniel Patton, April 1, 2020   Rick Bayless is converting an anonymous $250,000 donation into relief for restaurant workers enduring the hardships of the COVID-19 crisis. He announced the effort in a Facebook video posted yesterday. “Weeks ago, when all the restaurants were shuttered, sud…

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By Daniel Patton   Mariano’s is devoting its legendary innovative finesse to a customer wellness effort that goes beyond even today’s new standards for retail excellence. Besides introducing a dozen Safety Protocols, the store will soon begin delivering its signature events straight into sho…

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by Doug Rapp A local eatery is offering mid-week wine deals. On Wednesdays, Pinched on the River, 443 E. Illinois St., is offering first glasses of wine for $1. From 6 to 8 p.m. on hump days, customers can try a glass of red, white, rose or sparkling wine for a buck. The choices will be rota…

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Gentleman’s Cooperative a collection of services, activities in one downtown spot by Mat Cohen One of the most interesting spaces in Chicago combines style, confidence and luxury to create a haven in the middle of the city. The Gentleman’s Cooperative, located at the penthouse of 111 W. Jack…