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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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 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.” 

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Chicago 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly led his fellow legislators in a cavalcade of praise for the performance and memory of former 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus during a virtual meeting of the Chicago City Council today.

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There are all kinds of dads with all kinds of tastes, and William Grant & Sons has perfected the art of satisfying the spirit drinkers among them. Below, the independent, family-owned Scottish distillery serves up a round of gift ideas for Father's Day, coming up this Sunday, June 21.  

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Joffrey Ballet has cancelled all of its performances for the remainder of the year, including Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker. Winter and spring performances scheduled for February, April and May 2021 will continue as planned; specific programming will …

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Millennium Park “cautiously” reopened on Monday, June 15, according to an alert posted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Welcoming groups of 10 persons or fewer from 8am to 9pm every day, the 24.5-acre public space will require all visitors to practice…

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Urban Kayaks, Island Party Hut and Shoreline Sightseeing's Architecture Boat Tour are among the Riverwalk vendors that will welcome customers today, the first time they have conducted business since the city closed the entire location to fight the pandemic in March. 

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The crowd multiplied as the weather improved Wednesday for Navy Pier’s grand reopening, the first time that the historic Chicago attraction has welcomed the public since it was closed for pandemic reasons in March.

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The Taste of Chicago has been cancelled, but the city’s restaurants are still cooking. This creates an ideal scenario for foodies to host their own private sampling feasts at home. A handful of Streeterville residents and professionals shared their thoughts on the best food to serve to frien…

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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 damage of Saturday night’s George Floyd protests still lingers on Michigan Avenue, but less than before, thanks to locals and emergency crews who are determined to clean up and show their love for Chicago.

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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…