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The recipe to a stress-free Thanksgiving is simple. It begins with ordering food from a restaurant and ends with dessert. Below is a list of nearby venues opening for carryout and delivery of pre-ordered meals on Thanksgiving and, if the restrictions are lifted, dine-in service.

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Open House Chicago, a citywide architectural showcase organized by the Chicago Architecture Center, is returning this fall in a modified format that emphasizes neighborhood exploration and self-guided tours, as well as virtual programming.

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The 2020 Chicago Marathon is officially canceled, but runners are finding ways to participate during what would have been the 43rd annual edition.

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Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago is transitioning to an online format this year out of concern for guests' safety, site organizers have announced.

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Starting Thursday, Oct. 1, Chicago will relax Phase Four guidelines for businesses, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced on Monday, Sept. 28.According to a city news release, the new guidelines …

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The world premiere of RJ Cutler’s Belushi will light up a Pilsen drive-in and thousands of homes across the country for the Chicago International Film Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Chronicling the life and career of the native son and Second City alumnus, the documentary wi…

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Despite the statewide, COVID-19, capacity-diminishing burdens, many Chicago bars and restaurants are still feeling football. Game day destinations in and around downtown are keeping traditions alive by offering multiple televisions, food specials, drink deals, and, in at least one case, grid…

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2020 has become the year of small gatherings, and major life events such as weddings are no exception. But thanks to area venues offering micro-wedding packages, Chicago couples have no shortage of opportunities to make their big day a special and meaningful experience. 

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The Chicago Architecture Center announced several exciting promotions and family programs including a BOGO offer for Chicago locals and free exploration kits for families visiting the Center’s galleries.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Dan Patton, Staff Writer | March 12, 2020 About Last Knife, the Taureaux Tavern, and ROOF on theWit are among dozens of downtown venues planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Offering a variety of food, drink, and activities, the neighborhood tastemakers intend to enliven t…

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by Elisa Shoenberger The One Earth Film Festival hopes to change hearts and minds about the environment, sustainability, and climate change through the power of film. The festival will be presenting 48 films throughout Chicago from March 6-15. “I think film presents us with stories,” said fe…

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by Stephanie Racine The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Times Are Racing” is a modern repertory ballet, with five works from contemporary choreographers. The performance, taking place at the Auditorium Theatre from Feb. 12-23, displays innovation, while still maintaining artistry. The production begin…

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by Doug Rapp In the summertime, you see police boats and helicopters cruising the shoreline. But during the winter, although the lakefront is desolate—save for a few hardy joggers—it doesn’t mean the marine unit isn’t working. “During the winter, we still see a fair amount of activity on the…

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Roe v. Wade remains one of the nation’s most controversial Supreme Court decisions. “Roe,” a play by Lisa Loomer showing at Goodman Theatre until Feb. 23, looks into the lives of those who were a part of the famous decision.  Plaintiff Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe), and her legal representative …

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By Elisa Shoenberger While many people will be snapping their fingers to the music while leaving Mean Girls, they will also be taking away some life lessons. “It’s very clear that (though) it is a comedy that there are dire repercussions to being mean—to being a bad person,”  said Danielle W…

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by Mat Cohen For Matthew Whitaker, a blind eighteen-year-old jazz musician who will be playing at Harris Theater in Millennium Park on Dec. 9, hearing and touch are his most gifted senses. “It makes me feel amazing that the audience is supportive of whatever music I’m playing,” he said. “I a…

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by Doug Rapp  If you see dozens of Santas gathered around the Bean sometime on Dec. 7, don’t worry, he hasn’t been cloned—it’s all part of SantaCon. The annual holiday convention of Santas occurs nationwide around the holidays when groups of Santa-clad revelers gather, often for a pub crawl.…

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No matter how many times you’ve been through it, the winter months never get easier. Despite the weather, New Eastside seniors can get out and about downtown and enjoy a new class to help combat the winter blues. Some use services to get around, some use their own motivation, some use the Pe…

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Take a little piece of home with you when you travel this holiday season. Show love for your community by snapping a photo holding up New Eastside News in a new and exciting location. We would love to hear the story behind the photo as well. The best photo and story we receive each month wil…

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by Stephanie Racine The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of Jane Eyre brings the Victorian Bildungsroman to life.  The ballet opened its 2019/2020 season Oct. 16 with the Chicago premiere of Cathy Marston’s adaptation of the novel. There will be just 10 performances at the Auditorium Theatre, 50…

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By Elisa Shoenberger Downtown Chicago has a rich history of ghost stories and and many popular landmarks have spooky tales associated with them. A famous site is the Iroquois Theater, now the James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Hundreds of moviegoers, mostly women and children, per…

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(Published Sept. 12, 2019) By Jesse Wright On Thursday the Lyric Opera announced Enrique Mazzola as Lyric’s next music director. Mazzola will be the third director for the theater and he will take over from Sir Andrew Davis when Davis wraps up the 2021/2022 season in the spring of 2022.  Dav…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Elisa Shoenberger Love, Chaos and Dinner. That’s the tagline for Chicago’s newest cabaret show, Teatro ZinZanni. This dinner and a show aims to deliver on all three.  A variety of performances include circus acts, clowning performances and song and dance numbers …

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer A group of New Eastside—and nearby—residents have come together to form a board game night. The group meets monthly in the party room at The Tides, 360 E. South Water St. New Eastside resident Ishmeet Lamda started the game night by…