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Adopting a pet was one of 2020’s biggest trends. According to PAWS Chicago, in the past year, 4,100 animals, 1,958 dogs, and 2,142 cats have found their forever homes, and the pandemic is to thank. 

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The social media influencers of Chicago are complex and perpetually evolving. Their desire to connect, inspire and engage with others is a common thread—especially when making waves in the local food scene, fashion or hot hangouts in the city. 

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It’s been almost three months since the COVID-19 vaccine rolled into town, giving Chicagoans their social lives, the movies, time with their loved ones and, in a nutshell, their freedom back. 

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Alfred is an artificial intelligence robot that has been trained on millions of stories from the internet. Using the latest technology from Open AI called GPT-3, released in June 2020, Chicago Star Media will be the first news source in Chicago to publish stories from a GPT-3 AI enabled robo…

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Urban Dictionary defines a plant parent as a person who thinks of their plants the way others think about their pets or children. The house plant fad has popped back up in the past few years and now Millennials are devoting their lives and instagram feeds to their shrubs. 

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Greektown Chicago will present its first-ever Greektown Restaurant Week from March 1-7, a weeklong event featuring special offers from popular Greektown restaurants and bars.

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I met him in a bar. Don't say a word— I know, I know … not the ideal spot to meet the man of your dreams, but this is how it happened for me. I met Chuck through a mutual male friend 31 years and six months ago at the old Palm Restaurant on East Lake Shore Drive. Actually, he wasn't the inte…

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The latest piece of public art installed in Streeterville evokes images of travel and possibility -- a story based on the real-life journey of a young woman inspired to see the world. 

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As Chicago slides into the winter months, the cold, gray weather and the ongoing pandemic can make for a particularly hazardous duo. It’s more important than ever to prioritize health and wellness.

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I don't think there's ever been a better time to have an excuse to pamper ourselves. In the past, I've always felt guilty about even having a massage or a facial. I would lay there thinking of a 1,000 other things I should/could be doing that would be more productive. "Relaxation" has never …

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Thousands of teachers reunite with their Pre-K and special needs students today after being physically apart since March, as all public school buildings shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The remainder of students, K-8th graders whose parents have chosen to keep them home, will return in-…

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After what feels like an eternity of dining in the cold after indoor dining and drinking was shut down in November, Illinois can expect fewer restrictions this month, some of which may include allowing guests to dine inside again, at a limited capacity, of course. 

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In 2013, community activist Jahmal Cole launched My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects teens from disadvantaged neighborhoods with the places, people and possibilities the city has to offer.

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For many Chicagoans, the lockdown this spring was filled with temporary hobbies designed to help pass the time—such as baking sourdough and mimicking poses in famous works of art—that had mostly fallen by the wayside by summer.

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I don’t know about you, but this has definitely been my annus horribilis. We lost family members, our dog died, my husband lost his two best friends and had a TIA (ministroke). Thank God Chuck is doing well, but the rest of these losses added to the already tough situation we’re all facing n…

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Celebrating the holidays may look a little different this year, but Chicago has plenty of wintertime activities to offer, including holiday takeout meals, visits with Santa and charitable drives to make children's Christmas wishes come true.

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Streeterville residents seeking ways to stay entertained this winter have no shortage of opportunities for do-it-yourself projects—including recreating some of their favorite treats from the comfort of home.

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Entrepreneur Joe Mansueto has purchased the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. According to Crain’s, the Morningstar founder paid $54 million for the luxury hotel, which carries “about $90 million” in debt. He is reportedly the fourth owner of the property at 11 E. Walton, which was developed by David…

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Highlights of a post-pandemic Chicago Renaissance will include young people starting businesses, year-round dining alfresco, and a revitalized State Street, according to a pair of experts who spoke at a recent forum hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA).

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As cinemas welcome viewers back and fans preparefor online premieres of highly anticipated films like Mulan and Antebellum, one of America’smost noteworthy reviewers explains whymovies are (almost) always worth waiting for.

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Dr. Michael Ison, professor of infectious disease and organ transplantation at Northwestern University, provided updated information on a COVID-19 vaccine timeline and flu shot recommendations on Thursday, Sept. 17, during a virtual presentation hosted by Skyline Village Chicago, Forward Chi…

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The intersection of technology and crime-fighting presents a unique challenge for law enforcement agencies in balancing community safety with concerns about individual privacy and the potential for data misinterpretation.

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On July 19, a small but concerned group of Streeterville residents participated in an “Anti-Violence Discussion” to address — and hopefully reduce — neighborhood crime. Connecting remotely via Zoom on a warm Sunday afternoon, they explored the idea that improving safety on a local level can …

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Capt. Tom Hacker and the crew of Chicago’s First Lady have a plan for almost every emergency situation. Man-overboard, fire fighting, abandoned ship—they cover pretty much everything to keep the ship and its passengers safe. This year, it’s masks, socially distant seating and operating at 50…

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For West Loop resident Jordan Orofino, running is more than just a form of exercise–it's a lifelong passion. And thanks to the newly created West Loop Runners group, it's also an opportunity to build neighborhood connections.