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People have varying points of view about travel, especially post pandemic. There’s the COVID-19 factor, gas prices resulting in more expensive road trips and airline travel. If the Chicagoland resident, of either city or suburbs, steps outside the box of traditional travel, there are all sor…

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Ask a second-grader to tell you their favorite things about school and chances are they’ll say their friends, of course. When students go back to school this fall, they’ll crave a classroom reminiscent of pre-pandemic times. Most of all, they will want to see friends, sit next to friends and…

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Is it too early to talk about sending the kids back to school? Not for thousands of jittery, red-eyed Chicago parents who have been juggling work from home, squabbling siblings and a whirring turnstile of traffic to and from the parade of clubs, camps and carpools that punctuate our summerti…

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Navy Pier announced today that it will bring back Chicago Live! as an annual two-day performance festival, with support from the Pritzker Foundation. More than 60 of the city’s top marquee names—a third of which are participating for the first time—will give back-to-back performances from no…

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NYO Jazz, the national youth jazz orchestra of Carnegie Hall, will return to Navy Pier on Thursday, Aug. 4, to give a free performance highlighting American jazz through the ages. This summer is the first time the group has been on tour since 2019.

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Following a multi-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Newberry Library is set to launch its 36th annual book fair on Friday, July 29. The event will feature thousands of donated books, each costing $3 or less, and book purchases will support the library's mission of promoting a deeper under…

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces today that the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will hold three years of summer car racing events in Chicago beginning next year. NASCAR has been openly targeting an ambitious plan to race through Chicago since March 2021, at one point go…

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On Thursday, August 4, thousands of brightly colored rubber duckies will be dumped into the Chicago River as a fun fundraising event for Special Olympics. The ducks can be “adopted” with the winners having a chance to win a 2022 Chevy Equinox (grand prize), a Royal Caribbean cruise (2nd plac…

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Green Tie Ball XXX is BACK at a new venue and with an exciting new theme, “Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes”! Join co-chairs Meg Newton Satherlie and Joanna DePorter as they team up to bring this always popular fundraiser to benefit Chicago Gateway Green, a nonprofit dedicated to the greening and …

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Local residents showed their Streeterville spirit July 7 at the fourth annual Cap Streeter Run A'Ground Party, hosted by community members Gail Spreen and Dennis Downes at the roof deck at the Loews Hotel. Attendees tipped their hats to riverboat captain and Streeterville founder George Well…

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The Community Marketplace on the Chicago Riverwalk, a popular local destination for recreation and dining, has reopened to the public, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood announced Wednesday.

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Judging from the jam-packed, well-heeled crowd at Le Colonial Lake Forest, its grand opening was a great success! The beloved restaurant has slowly opened with some family and friends nights leading up to the official opening on Wednesday, July 6, at 655 Forest Avenue. Tucked into a charming…

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The City of Chicago and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will present the 2022 Chicago Air and Water Show, August 20 and 21 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am to 2pm daily. Established in 1959 an…

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Hale is a handsome and smart 1-year-old Beagle mix. He is a playful and affectionate dog with a penchant for toys. He enjoys going for walks, is very food motivated and will gladly sit for treats. Hale, 47 lbs., can be fearful of new people and surroundings and is seeking a home with a resid…

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We are excited to present the July 2022 issue of Chicago Star! Founded during the pandemic in March 2021, this paper brought positivity to our communities when we needed it the most. We are proud to continue this mission as the go-to source for delivering uplifting news you can use to neighb…

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There’s a joke among pilots that goes like this: “I want to be a pilot when I grow up!” says the kid to her parents. With a roll of their eyes, the parents say, “Well, you can’t do both!” The few of those who go on to be pilots get to live the dream of human flight again and again. Thankfull…

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Chicago, as we all know, is known as the City of Big Shoulders, composed of people who lifted us up out of the ashes after the Chicago Fire, people like well-known architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, who ushered in the era of steel-supported skyscrapers, or Daniel Burnham, an urban …

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After more than 60 years, the nation’s first independent museum of Black history recently unveiled a new name and new visual identity: The DuSable Museum of African American History is entering a new era as The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center. The new name reaffirms the his…

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It’s the feel-good event of the summer! The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) will host a celebration of the on-air personalities and music of rock & roll radio of a generation with ‘ROCK RADIO REVISITED’ on Sunday August 14, at 3pm CT at The Des Plaines Theatre.

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Celebrating 64 years, the Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Chicago’s Grant Park on June 18 and 19, Father’s Day Weekend! This award-winning, family-friendly art fair welcomes 200 juried artists from around the country and draws thousands of art enthusiasts from Chicago and beyond, creating an …

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Sundays on State returns with an expanded footprint when portions of Chicago's most iconic street, State Street, close to vehicular traffic for select Sundays this summer. Join neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art…

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The Wells Street Art Festival and Old Town Art Fair will run concurrently June 11 and 12. The Old Town Art Fair will offer 200 internationally acclaimed artists while the Wells Street Art Festival will feature over 140 juried local and national artists.

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After two years, Taste of Chicago (presented by John Deere) returns to Grant Park with three days of incredible food, music and activities around the iconic Buckingham Fountain. In addition to the more than 30 food vendors, guests can enjoy a designated beer hall, wine tent, cocktail lounge …

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Think you know everything about the Chicago farmers market scene? Hush your mouth. With a cornucopia of amazing locally sourced seasonal goodies to choose from, Chicago’s vibrant local markets are the pride of the nation.

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The inside scoop is out! The Museum of Ice Cream is opening its doors to the Windy City on Saturday, July 16, 2022 to scoops of all ages and flavors. After 2 million visitors across 7 sold-out locations, MOIC has found its latest sweet spot in the historic Chicago Tribune building on Michiga…

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A lake house in the city? Fairmont Chicago has got you covered with the debut of its own version of a getaway experience. Fairmont’s Lake House attracted a full house of guests on May 18 when it presented Lake House, a fun-filled happening held in the lobby to celebrate the spirit of summer,…

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Chicago will glow purple this summer when Prince: The Immersive Experience makes its worldwide debut on June 9. Presented by Superfly in partnership with The Prince Estate, attendees will be invited to fully immerse themselves in the music and life of Prince.

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Navy Pier's Associate Board will host a 5K race, completely contained on the Pier, on Sunday, May 15 (8 am to 4 pm). The event will be sponsored by Diverse Facility Solutions, Farmer's Fridge, Northwestern Medicine & Power Construction.

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The Chicago Park District and ComEd will host the annual Switch on Summer celebration from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, celebrating the upcoming reactivation of the Buckingham Fountain with an afternoon of free family-friendly activities.Now in its eighth year, the event will feature a numb…

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Sailing fans are sure to rejoice next month as SailGP, a competition featuring F50 catamarans competing at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour, makes its Windy City debut on June 18-19 with the new U.S. Sail Grand Prix Chicago at Navy Pier.

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Chicago’s Memorial Day events should be virtually back to normal this May following the past two years of the pandemic. Windy City residents can finally celebrate the holiday as they please—whether enjoying an event-packed weekend or planning a peaceful outing with friends and family. 

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This year's Memorial Day Parade begins at noon on Saturday, May 28, before Memorial Day (May 30) and marches south along State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Before the parade, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives in military missions…