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Ready, set, go! Although we’re all in a rush to bust out of our units, scream "Freedom" and get back to it, believe it or not, the real estate market, especially in our neighborhood, has not shifted drastically. In fact, the luxury market ($750K+) in the 60601 ZIP code has experienced an eig…

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He gave me the side eye as we passed on the sidewalk. It’s a new age look that new mask wearers have adopted.

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Several downtown restaurants are easing the shelter-in-place process by offering drink packages to go so Chicagoans can enjoy a few custom cocktails at home.

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The third step in Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to lift coronavirus restrictions begins in Chicago on June 3. Officially called “Phase Three,” this stage allows certain businesses, public amenities and non-essential workers to resume doing whatever they were doing before the shut down. As long as t…

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Chicago is bringing the city’s legendary music festivals into the homes of the fans who have helped turn them into a global sensation. Beginning tonight (May22), the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will kick off Millennium Park at Home, a series of live virtual concerts str…

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The list of things to do in Illinois is about to get a lot longer: Governor Pritzker has announced that Phase 3 of the five-step “Restore Illinois” plan will launch on May 29. Salons, barbershops, offices, state parks and, yes, bars will be partially back in business at the end of the month.

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A thin layer of slippery mud covered about half of Lower N. Stetson Ave. from E. South Water St. to the Chicago River at 11 a.m. on Monday May 18. The other half was submerged in floodwater from a marathon downpour that soaked the city on the preceding day.

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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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Chicago Police Sergeant Chris Schenk hosted a virtual CAPS meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. He was joined by CPD Detective McCarthy and Miguel Guzman, coordinator for the department’s Office of Community Policing. The meeting covered recent and ongoing activity in Chicago Polic…

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By Daniel Patton, May 7, 2020 On May 5, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker unveiled a “public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19.” Titled, “Restore Illinois,” the plan divides the state into four disctinct “health regi…

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By Daniel Patton, May 6, 2020 New Eastside for Charity has launched a campaign to raise $7,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). By setting a goal for each of the neighborhood’s 14 buildings to collect $500, the “New Eastside 2020 Food Drive” is an opportunity to “help bring fo…

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The citywide lockdown has forced people to be resourceful in jobs that require interacting with crowds. By Doug Rapp, May 5, 2020 The citywide lockdown has forced people to be resourceful in jobs that require interacting with crowds. With a lack of a live audience, comedians are becoming cre…

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By Jon Cohn It is a bizarre and unsettling time. Our lives in the New Eastside and Streeterville neighborhoods have been turned, if not upside down, at least swished around like fruit in a smoothie blender on high speed. Through it all, though, we have learned some different terms and ideas …

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By Sheetal Balani, May 3, 2020 The world looks different these days. Our homes have taken on a new meaning. My home has become my workplace, home-school for the kids, fitness studio, and hair salon. Just ask my husband, who is now our kids’ stylist! This adjustment to the “new normal” gives …

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By Elisa Shoenberger, May 3, 2020 The Cook County Court system has reduced services during the pandemic, but some cases are still being heard. An order to limit court matters, entered by Chief Judge Timothy Evans on March 17, has been extended to May 18. Non-emergency cases like traffic and …

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Bernard Green goes above and beyond his professional duties to make life better for residents of The Lancaster. Working the overnight shift as a member of the building’s door staff, he has helped fuel inspirations that have reverberated throughout the city. “Knowing your clients and helping …

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By Mat Cohen, April 29, 2020 Your favorite neighborhood bartender does not have to go tip-less during the pandemic. Virtual tip jars have popped up to help servers, bartenders and wait staff through these difficult times, thanks to the Chicago restaurant community and many star patrons. One …

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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 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 Daniel Patton, April 27, 2020 At 8 p.m. on April 24, New Eastside residents helped Chicago score a victory against coronavirus by joining a celebration to honor the workers fighting against it. They clapped and hooted from their balconies while lights and music filled Lakeshore East Park …

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By New Eastside News, April 24, 2020 A filet mignon with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and salad is just one of many Curbside Meal combinations now available for carry-out or delivery from III Forks Steakhouse. Located on The Park at Lakeshore East, III Forks has been an upscale neighbo…

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Thanks to a dedicated staff and a supportive community, Streeterville’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH) has continued fulfilling its mission to support the families of children receiving medical treatment during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our daily operations have been impacted quite significantly as…

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By Daniel Patton, April 23, 2020 In his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, April 23, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that next week he plans to “sign an extension of our stay at home order through Saturday May 30.” “We are now at the most difficult part of this journey,” he added. “I kno…

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By Daniel Patton, April 22, 2020 Chicago’s annual House Music Conference & Festival, Gospel Music Festival, and Blues Festival have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to an April 21 announcement from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The tri…

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By Daniel Patton, April 20, 2020 Discolored fountains, broken lightbulbs, deteriorating walls and unsafe staircases are just a few of the items listed in a petition asking Magellan Development to address the alleged state of disrepair at Lakeshore East Park. Titled, “The 2020 Lakeshore East …

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By Daniel Patton, April 17, 2020 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the entire 2020 academic year. Announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing, the action extends the closure of all K-12 schools that the governor ordered on March 13. …

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Although the Lookingglass Theatre’s Michigan Avenue stage has been temporarily closed to comply with the city’s stay-at-home order, the legendary Chicago-based company is streaming a variety of online content to help drama lovers quench their thirst for entertainment.

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By Daniel Patton, April 14, 2020 Chicago has launched an effort to reduce transmission and increase treatment of COVID-19 among the city’s homeless population. Scheduling nurses to visit homeless shelters, building a new care network with community-based providers, and distributing personal …

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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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Daniel Patton, April 10, 2020 Mayor Lightfoot has introduced new regulations to increase the safety of CTA passengers and employees. Effective April 9, riders will board CTA buses through the rear door of the vehicles, where fare card readers will be relocated to accommodate them. Riders who…

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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 7, 2020 Chicago’s last call for alcohol will be 9 o’clock every night for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Part of an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Public Health Order was issued in a joint announce…

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By Daniel Patton, April 2, 2020   The City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader philanthropic community are teaming up to provide financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Launched April 1, the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (AIRF)…

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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, April 1, 2020   Chicago’s Second City will soon deliver its award-winning humor to homes around the world, according to a news release. At 7 p.m. on April 2, the famed 60-year-old Chicago institution will begin live-streaming entertainment, education and business content di…

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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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March 31, 2020   Illinois’ current stay-at-home order will be extended through the month of April to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The proclamation was made by Governor JB Pritzker during his daily #COVID19 briefing on March 31. It adds a month to the original order that he issued on …

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  Downtown Chicago’s lakefront and parks closedWhen sunny spring weather caused crowds to gather on the lakefront, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered that the lakefront, beaches, parks and the 606 be closed March 27 for an unspecified time to curb the spread of coronavirus. Chicago police patrolle…

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By Stephanie Racine, Elisa Shoenberger, and Daniel Patton   The Chicago culinary community is not taking a backseat during the restaurant shutdown. With Illinois’ shelter-in-place order planned through April 7, local restaurants have had to alter their methods of feeding the community.   Vol…

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By Mat Cohen, April 1, 2020   Nicholas Watts is a firm believer in human decency. He displays it everyday at Marina City, and that’s one of the reasons he’s the New Eastside Doorperson of the Month. Despite being new to Marina City, he’s been in the security industry for nearly 25 years and …