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Registration opened Thursday, March 4, for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at a new mass vaccination center located in the parking lots outside the United Center, with more than 27,000 residents signing up to receive the vaccine by mid-afternoon, according to city health officials.

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With Phase 4 in full effect and the COVID-19 vaccine in existence, Chicago residents are eager to socialize again, eagerly returning to their favorite bars, restaurants, museums and gyms. One thing is for certain -- Chicagoans want the vaccine and they want it now.

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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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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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Effective Jan. 1, Palos Health became part of Northwestern Medicine following approval of the merger and definitive agreement from both organizations' governing boards.

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By Daniel Patton The COVID-19 Statistics page on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) website showed that more than a thousand cases of coronavirus disease have been reported in Chicago’s downtown residential neighborhoods (Magnificent Mile, New Eastside, River North, Streetervi…

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By Mat Cohen and Daniel Patton Spring cleaning comes every year, but with the addition of Illinois’ stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone in Chicago has extra time to take precautionary health measures. Local organizations and businesses are taking extra steps alongside r…

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by Stephanie Racine Expectant parent classes can cost a substantial amount in downtown Chicago. For example, classes at Northwestern Hospital cost from $50-$120.  But Dr. Daniel Weissbluth, a pediatrician who has an office in Northwestern’s campus in Streeterville, is out to buck the trend. …

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by Mat Cohen River North has become a haven for luxury workout studios. From the Red Room of Barry’s Bootcamp to the cryotherapy at GOAT Climb & Cryo and the infrared heat of Yoga 2.0, the neighborhood has plenty of top-of-the-line fitness options to treat yourself to a new kind of worko…

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by Mat Cohen According to the American Kennel Club, dogs need 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day, depending on size and breed. Although they don’t say much about pampering, our best friends could use some luxury as well. When it’s dark at 5 p.m. and below freezing in the middle of the…

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After a white Christmas, there may be a Blue Monday. Blue Monday is the name given to what some  consider the most depressing day of the year—usually the third Monday  in January. The idea originated with a Welsh academic as a marketing plan for a travel company, according to the  British ne…

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Gym managers say setting smaller goals along the way helps by Mat Cohen You’re not alone. According to  Strava, a social network for athletes, most people don’t keep their  New Year’s resolutions past Jan. 12. That’s when, just nearly two weeks after the start of the year, lack of motivation…

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by Angela Gagnon Maintaining a gluten free lifestyle is challenging,  and especially import- ant for those with celiac  disease, an autoimmune condition where ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine.  Two community members living with celiac  disease shared tips on how to …

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There are plenty of nearby options to help kids stay active as winter approaches. Lakeshore Sports and Fitness (LSF), 211 N. Stetson Ave., is offering new children’s programming for members and nonmembers. Youth basketball classes, including group and private lessons, are available for kids …

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By Elisa Shoenberger Throughout Chicago there are doctors and other medical professionals who will go to residences. Instead of traveling to a doctor’s office or hospital, people can reach out to different services for non-emergency medical care in their home.  Decades ago, it was common pra…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) According to Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will temporarily close the new section of the Navy Pier Flyover that opened last December on Sept. 3.  The flyover will re-open in late September. The closure is required …

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(Published July 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright New Eastside resident Alan Goldman remembers what it was like when he got the news he had prostate cancer 12 years ago. It was during a routine physical. “My first thought was, this is the first time I was exposed to something so severe, that could a…

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(Published July 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright New Eastside resident Alan Goldman remembers what it was like when he got the news he had prostate cancer 12 years ago. It was during a routine physical. “My first thought was, this is the first time I was exposed to something so severe, that could a…

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(Published June 30, 2019) By Jesse Wright In June, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine unveiled the largest academic biomedical research facility in the United States. Opening ceremonies for the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, 303 E. Super…

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(Published June 30, 2019) By Jesse Wright In June, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine unveiled the largest academic biomedical research facility in the United States. Opening ceremonies for the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, 303 E. Super…

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(Published May, 29, 2019) By Jesse Wright The Chicago-based National Headache Foundation honored pioneering neurobiologist Eric Kandel in May as part of their annual gala fundraiser. Kandel won a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000 for his work showing how memories can physically alter the brain…

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(Published May, 29) Guacamole is a popular side at any barbecue. While it’s usually cooked with raw ingredients, grilling the avocado, onion, pepper, garlic and tomatoes can add a complex, smoky flavor that improves the end result. Ingredients: 1 medium red onion, skinned, cut in half 2 smal…

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(Published May, 29, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer For grill masters and amateurs, there are several public parks and beaches that allow grilling. “Grilling must be confined to enclosed metal containers and may only take place within dedicated grilling areas,” according to the Chica…

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(Published April 30, 2019 Abhinanda Datta, Staff Writer Although April did bring snow, it is safe to say spring has finally sprung on Chicago. Just in time for spring are healthy, fun activities to get the body in shape before beach season. If ordinary 5k races are boring, here are some weir…

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(Published April 1, 2019) By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer After a long winter spent cooped up inside, getting back on the bike is the easy part. The tricky part comes before you saddle up. After a long season in a closet or storage space, most bikes need at least a small tune up. Dan Ioja, fle…

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer With spring warmth just around the corner, it’s time to clean house and local pros have some advice. Monica Friel, president and founder of Chaos to Order, a Chicago-based organizing company, recommends decluttering the house twice a year, in the fall and i…

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Cold months call for warm meals, and a bowl of hot soup fits the bill. Takeout soups can be cumbersome and can come with unhealthy amounts of sodium, heavy fats and starches, but when soup is made at home, it can be healthy—and be perfectly delicious. Local …

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Thanksgiving does not have to consist of the same canned cranberry sauce, cornucopia and bread stuffing every November. This year, throw out the rulebook and use these tips to augment your favorite holiday classics.     Lighter dishes Staying on the lighter …

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer   Thanksgiving does not have to consist of the same canned cranberry sauce, cornucopia and bread stuffing every November. This year, throw out the rulebook and use these tips to augment your favorite holiday classics.   Lighter dishes Staying on the lighter …

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer October 2, 2018 The best dental care means more than a good cleaning at Dental Professionals of Chicago. At 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 23, Dental Professionals offers general dental services, comfort, entertainment and cosmetic procedures with a collaborati…

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By Elizabeth Czapski | Staff Writer With summer comes fishing and in the Chicago River, the fish are biting. But should people be eating them? Well, it depends on the type of fish. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, fish in Illinois waterways can be contaminated with seve…

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By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer Get up, get out and get active with Urban Kayaks, a water sports rental company that has something for everyone. With two locations, the company offers rentals that allow patrons to cruise the river on their own or join a guided tour. In addition to the Riverwa…

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By Angela Gagnon | Staff Writer On May 20, Maggie Daley Park will once again host the Chicago Spring Half Marathon 10K and Junior Dash. The race has a new title sponsor, Byline Bank, but participants can look forward to the same exceptional race experience provided in the past. Lifetime Regi…

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By Elaine Hyde Published February 13, 2018   If you’re planning to compete in a triathlon this year, don’t let the cold prevent you from training. Get a head start by participating in an indoor triathlon. This month Lakeshore Sport & Fitness located at 211 N. Stetson Ave. will host “Mile…

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By Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Published February 12, 2018   Join us February 15th at 6pm-9pm for our Honky Tonk Singles Mixer Wear your favorite flannel shirt and straw hat, or come as you are to this fun-filled singles mixer. Enjoy complimentary scrumptious fixings created by our down-ho…

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By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer November 15, 2017 Lakeshore East residents can smile confidently this year. In late November, Chicago Dental Boutique, run by dentist and Lakeshore East resident Dr. Rohi Atassi and his wife Samia Akhras, will open in The Village Market, 333 E. Benton Pl. T…

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By Miriam Finder Annenberg | Staff Writer   This September, a new type of weekly morning workout will come to The Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. F3 will offer New Eastside men a weekly opportunity to get in shape, cultivate new friendships and realize their full potential through their thr…

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If getting into shape is a goal this summer, then success could be right at your doorstep. Lake Shore East Park is home to two major exercise programs: Magellan Outdoor Summer Fitness Se- ries, powered by Unicus, and Five Star Fitness’ Signature Boot Camps. Magellan Outdoor Summer Fit- ness …

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A guide to productive debate We all have that special some- one in our lives who thinks very differently from us about politics. We may love grandma or our 20-year-old nephew, but when it comes to politics, we just don’t see eye to eye. Usually this can be handled with sprightly conver- sati…

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We all suffer trauma at some time in our lives. It may be a small trauma, such as falling in love with the boy or girl in your seventh-grade class who didn’t reciprocate your feelings. But generally we think of trauma as something big and difficult to endure: the death of a loved one, unexpe…

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Anyone in need of postsurgical rehabilitation or help with a sports injury now has a convenient treatment option in the New Eastside. On January 9, React Physical Therapy opened its fourth Chicago location at the Village Market. Franco Calabrese, PT, DPT, clinic manager, said he appreciates …

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Has your sweet teenage child turned into an assertive and aloof know-it-all? It may feel like your child has reverted to a 2-year-old — “I want what I want when I want it!” — but you can no longer simply distract her with new toys. Parents can help teenagers through this important developmen…