Mayor Lori Lightfoot may have eased parental concerns by ordering Chicago Public Schools to take a remote-learning route for the beginning of the academic year, but she still has a number of related issues to address, according to nearly 20 organizations that endorsed an “Occupy City Hall Pr…
Many of us stayed away at first, preferring the comfort zone of our normal cashier line, while occasionally glancing enviously at “the early pioneers” who dared traverse the still virgin territory of self checkout.
Derrick Wynn adds a winning dose of camaraderie to the service he provides at Lake Shore Plaza, where he has been a member of the door staff since 1993.
To honor the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the American Writers Museum (AWM) will open its doors for free on Saturday, August 22.
The Navy Pier Neighborhood Artisan Market will showcase the people and talent of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood from Friday August 7 through Sunday August 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) has released a teaser for its upcoming documentary, I Have a Name.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared, “the start of the school year will certainly look different from anything before,” while announcing that Chicago’s public school students would spend the first quarter of the 2020 school year learning in their homes. Speaking at a press conference this morning,…
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…
A man was discovered unresponsive in the early hours of July 26 after being shot multiple times outside Streeterville's W Hotel, where officers from the Chicago Police Department reportedly arrived at the scene just after 4 a.m., according to CBS 2 Chicago. CBS reported nobody was in custody…
The only thing better than having a picnic is having a picnic with food made by someone else. A number of local venues are helping alfresco fans do just that by offering ready-to-go baskets and take-out specials designed to pair with the great outdoors.
“We were very close,” he said. “We all lived in a three-flat with my grandma in the basement, my family on the main floor, and my aunts and uncles on the second floor with my cousins.”
Personal trainers offer ideas for safe, creative outdoor fitness
With most summer camps closed, children’s playgrounds still locked, and many of the normal recreational programs delayed or cancelled, people of all ages have been making the best of it using the open green grass of our beautiful neighborhood parks.
The coronavirus pandemic has teenagers getting set for Zoom classes while facing a variety of challenges such as cancelled summer plans and uncertainty about the upcoming school year.
With summer in full swing, the Chicago Park District is welcoming back visitors to many of its facilities, in addition to offering modified programs and activities for families.
With COVID-19 restrictions preventing large in-person gatherings, charitable fundraisers in Streeterville and New Eastside are exploring alternatives to their traditional annual events.
FireLake Grill House's first Chicago location debuted July 8 at New Eastside's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
Chance The Rapper, LCD Soundsystem, and Metallica are among more than 150 artists whose past performances will be featured during Lollapalooza’s four-night broadcast to commemorate the festival this weekend.
After “consultation with various stakeholders,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has directed the city to remove the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park “until further notice,” according to a press release issued today.
President Donald Trump announced in a Wednesday, July 22 afternoon press conference that the U.S. Justice Department would "immediately" deploy hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to Chicago as part of a federal anti-violence initiative.The measure is an expansion of Operation Legen…
Community groups, corporate teams and individual volunteers can help keep the city’s 600+ public parks clean by joining a new initiative called Pitch in for the Parks!
Three birds greet a woman in a garden on a mural spanning an entire wall of the Chicago Riverwalk. Part of a colorful new installation titled, The Radiance of Being, by Kate Lynn Lewis, the scene is just one of many that have recently come to life in the promenade’s Community Marketplace wes…
Lakeshore East Food & Beer Garden has unveiled a schedule of movies, music, and trivia to go along with the drinks and munchies it will be serving all summer long.
Chicago bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors beginning Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m..
Chicago Public Schools has outlined a hybrid model for students to “learn at school and at home” throughout the upcoming school year in a Google Doc titled, “School Reopening 2020: Preliminary Framework.”
The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago will offer free admission to Illinois residents for one week after it reopens to the public on July 30, according to an announcement posted on the venue’s website.
On July 12, the University of Chicago joined more than 50 colleges and universities in filing a brief opposed to the July 6 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive that placed restrictions on nonimmigrant students with F-1 visas.
Chicago’s City Colleges are offering students a one-time opportunity to erase existing college debt through a new program called “Fresh Start.”
Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History will reopen to the general public on July 24, according to a press release. Although the legendary institution plans to eventually welcome visitors every day of the week, it will initially operate every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The Lakeshore East Beer & Food Garden energized the New Eastside with live music and a call to help young people during its grand opening celebration on July 9. Nestled in the corner of the neighborhood's award-winning green space, the 75-table outdoor venue offers more than just a place…
Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Belushi and Rachel Ray are among the dozens of stars who appear in a new ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ COVID-19 Artists Relief Video released today. The cast members, all of whom got their start in the Windy City, contributed footage of themselves singing,…
Today, the Windy City reimagines its legendary food festival by launching Taste of Chicago To-Go, a five-day feast of free public programming that includes online cooking demonstrations, virtual music and dance events, and a series of “Community Eats” meals for nonprofits serving frontline a…
An all-day rainstorm dampened Chicago’s return to indoor drinking and dining on Friday, June 26, when the multi-part Restore Chicago plan allowed patrons to actually enter and sit down in restaurants and bars. Alternating between downpour and drizzle, it seemed to chase everyone away from th…
In a July 1 newsletter update, GEMS World Academy Chicago has announced that in-person learning will be on the syllabus for the 2020/21 school year.
Sailors looking to get out on the water this summer have some options.
Many of Chicago’s summer running events have been canceled due to the recent pandemic.
While the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed museums in Streeterville, Chicago residents can still take advantage of virtual museum events and activities geared toward educating children and appreciating the arts at home.
A group of New Eastside kids recently traded rocks for charitable donations.
With the virus still among us, proper elevator etiquette has taken on new rules.
Irene Pettus radiates charm throughout the lobby of the Shoreham Apartments. Working the night shift, her kind, optimistic and helpful manner seems to exude a natural instinct for graciousness.
As Illinois heads into the fourth phase of its multi-stage reopening plan, Chicago daycares, preschools and other childcare providers are beginning to welcome back children and families while navigating new state requirements designed to curb the potential spread of COVID-19 through increase…
Chris Pena, born in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, moved to nearby Calumet City when he was six years old. The son of a father who worked for Ford and a mother who was employed by ComEd, he graduated from Marian Catholic High School in 1993 and took a job on the assembly line at Ford’s Chic…
When there’s a birthday, there’s cake. And candles, topped with tiny triangles of fiery plumes. There’s also the song, followed by the customary display of the celebrant making a wish and blowing out the candles.
Indoor dining and drinking can begin at restaurants, bars, breweries and other eating and drinking establishments in Chicago today, according to an announcement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Business Affairs and Consumer Protectons (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno.
On June 25, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched Chicago Connected, a program designed to provide free, high-speed internet access to the households of Chicago Public School (CPS) students.
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…
The 36th Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest has been canceled. Citing city and state restrictions on large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival announced in a press release that it would be “impossible for the event to proceed as planned over Labor Day weekend 2020.”
The Sky Terrace Rooftop Lounge at the IVY Hotel is now open for the season.
GEMS Chicago World Academy Chicago described a new mission of “race, equity, and social justice” in a letter about Juneteenth sent to GEMS Families and authored by Head of School Tom Cangiano.
The return of the Streeterville Social not only means that summer has arrived, but for this year, it means that area restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 quarantine have a way of getting some extra business.
On May 27 and 28, Cubs Charities facilitated graduation parades across the city for Cubs Scholars and Cubs RBI All-Stars who are graduating from high school this year.