New Year’s is for making resolutions and changes. Is springtime for implementing them?
Welcome to the first edition of “Ask Candid Candace,” a friendly advice column aimed to inform and amuse. I’m not a doctor, psychologist, therapist, et al., but rather a woman with some common sense who isn’t afraid to use it. Send your questions—fashion, human interest, pets, family issues,…
Sisters Lauren Massarella and Michelle Anderson live in different homes and have different life experiences, but their bond has never been stronger thanks to a shared project bringing conversation and connection to their corner of the Internet.
Each week, Th e Hannah and Fred Show takes listeners on an upbeat journey told from two unique perspectives—one local, one global. But what makes the program truly special is the connection between radio journalist Hannah Stanley and Weigel Broadcasting executive producer Fred Weintraub, lon…
From river cruises to Segway tours, Chicago has no shortage of experiences designed to help visitors discover the city. But even lifelong Chicago residents can become tourists in their own town this spring by taking advantage of the city’s tour offerings.
After a dark year void of celebration, things look a bit brighter.
If Alex Pissios has his way, Chicago will be THE largest film production hub in the country.
In this second installment of articles by “Alfred”—AI generated stories, we continue to showcase the creativity of new GPT-3 language models, celebrating “life”—Chicago Star’s April theme.
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.
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.
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.
Adopting, supporting and advocating for Chicago’s foster children
Greektown Chicago will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day with a free virtual celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, on the Greektown Facebook page.
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…
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.
Spring is time for renewal, change, and most importantly, growth and several businesses that have taken root during the storm of the pandemic are ready to sprout with the help of the community.
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.
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…
Streeterville residents looking to give back to the community are invited to participate in a Kindness Bag initiative hosted by Young Professionals Streeterville (YPS).
Between self-care, pet care, and an influx of in-home purchases, the people of 2021 are in search of wellness, simplification, and overall improvement, beginning within the home.
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.
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.
Israel "Izzy" Idonije finds that the beauty of sports lies in a simple truth: the lessons learned on the field are equally impactful when it comes to charting one's path in life.
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 …
Ice skating at the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon, a Chicago staple, continues to be a frequently sold-out activity despite pandemic shutdowns.
Much like the clocks it repairs, Chicago Clock Company has kept on ticking for more than a century, outlasting two world wars, the Great Depression and countless other events that have shaped American history.
Under the new Tier 2 mitigations, Chicagoans can welcome back museums, performance venues, movie theaters, and indoor group fitness classes, as well as indoor recreation and event venues. Face masks are still mandatory, as well as a limited 10-person capacity within groups.
Join the city of Chicago in turning out lights and electronics at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, to honor the lives lost to COVID-19.
Darida Fine Art Gallery, on the promenade along the Ogden Slip at 465 N. McClurg Court, showcases the work of Alexandru Darida, an award-winning artist who can often be found in his studio painting, creating and absorbing life around him.
From scenic landscapes to whimsical night skies, get ready to be transported straight into a Van Gogh painting as the famous artist’s digital exhibit, “Immersive Van Gogh” hits Chicago next month.
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-…
It appears there will be more than just love in the air come this Valentine’s Day, as Southwest Airlines has plans to expand into O’Hare International airport come Feb.14.
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.
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.
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.
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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A competitive fellowship offered by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine gives young doctors hands-on training in a particularly challenging medical subspecialty: caring for some of Chicago’s smallest and most vulnerable patients.
1) 2020 was brutal
Celebrating a unique holiday season should include unique gifts. Sellers in the city have the perfect present for your favorite Chicagoan and a special way to remember 2020.
Hello there! I'm "Candid" Candace Jordan, a new contributor to Chicago Star.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
The Illinois mask mandate is reshaping the way Chicago stylists perform traditional beauty services—and the way their clients approach make-up.