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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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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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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.

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A trip to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic. As Chicago dental offices resume services to the public, new protocols can help keep patients safe.

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As Chicago’s shutdown gradually lifts, West Loop churches are looking to reintroduce in-person services while continuing to use many of the technological tools that have enabled them to build and maintain strong community relationships from home.

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Chicago artist Marco Rios transformed his passion for diversity into a symbol of progress on Michigan Avenue. Combining blue skies, green leaves, and a pair of fists holding an “equality” banner underneath the words “Black Lives Matter,” he painted a message of unity that will remain on disp…

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The third phase of Chicago’s plan to restore normality began yesterday, less than a week after violence erupted during the George Floyd protests. Described by Mayor Lightfoot as a “cautious reopening,” this step allows certain businesses and restaurants with outdoor seating to pick up where …

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By Daniel Patton, May 8, 2020 A City Council resolution calling for Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) funds to be released to small businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic could appear on the agenda at the city’s Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 12. Part of an …

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Lake and river-based businesses endure stay-at-home order By Daniel Patton and Mat Cohen The allure of the tropics, thrill of a regatta, and serenity of a kayak ride are water-based attractions that open to great fanfare every May in New Eastside. But Chicago’s unique relationship with the w…

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By Daniel Patton   Two weeks after President Trump declared a national health emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago appeared rather desolate on a foggy Friday afternoon. But some people were out and about, carrying on almost as if everything were normal. Almost. New East…

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By Stephanie Racine   Virtual museum tours Travel through the travel ban and visit some of the world’s most famous museums on a virtual tour. Some of the tours available include the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, which houses works from famous French artists such as Gauguin, Monet and Degas. Locall…

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Chicago’s iconic six-pointed star and a font called Big Shoulders are key elements in a new city logo unveiled by Mayor Lightfoot’s office on March 4.

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by Elisa Shoenberger The One Earth Film Festival hopes to change hearts and minds about the environment, sustainability, and climate change through the power of film. The festival will be presenting 48 films throughout Chicago from March 6-15. “I think film presents us with stories,” said fe…

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by Jon Cohn It’s all about the brackets in March.  Bracketology, to be precise. No, it’s not about shopping  hints from the fix-it folks at your local hardware store. And these brackets will definitely not  be sold on the Home Shop- ping Network.  The brackets that come to the  forefront thi…

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A popular Wicker Park bookstore has opened a second location at 900 North Michigan Shops in the Gold Coast. Rebecca George, who co-owns Volume Books with her sister Kimberly, said they were approached by the six-level shopping destination after they had a successful pop-up store at Water Tow…

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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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by Mat Cohen Despite his Texas roots, Zack Gardner has been able to work through the shock of the Chicago winter to become New Eastside News Doorperson of the Month. Gardner has been working at Park Millennium for nearly six years, but he still misses the Texas heat. “I still haven’t gotten …