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Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins is partnering with the Chicago Department of Public Health to offer a free flu shot clinic from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the 2nd Ward service office, located at 1402 N. Ashland Ave.

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Come together with neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, retail, bars, restaurants, and local attractions. And, to register for a $1000 Loop staycation, click here: https://www.eventbri…

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"Sleepy Hollow: An Immersive Cocktail Experience" is a new Halloween pop-up coming to Chicago (170 W. Washington St.) Thursday, Sept. 16. This seasonal event combines the comedy/horror of the spectral universe with gothic decor and scintillating, custom drinks. Consider this, it's 'opening n…

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PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill humane organization, will be receiving dozens of cats and dogs today, September 1, from multiple shelters in Louisiana. This will allow their shelter partners in Louisiana much-needed space to continue rescuing animals that have been directly affected…

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As we head into fall, many families have sent their kids off to a new year at school. While often an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time for kids and their parents and especially so this year, with mask mandates and the Delta variant affecting procedures at school.

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Although the photos seem to tell a different story, IDOT Illinois tweeted this earlier today (Aug. 25), "We want to assure the public that there are no issues with the Milwaukee Avenue bridge over the Kennedy Expressway, just south of North Avenue. The bridge columns were designed to be at t…

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot has mandated that all city employees will be required to be vaccinated against Covid 19 by October 15.  "City employees are absolutely going to be required to be vaccinated," Lightfoot said during a press conference Monday afternoon. Unions, including the Fraternal Order…

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Attention tennis fans! The Chicago Tennis Festival is going on NOW at XS Tennis Village (5336 S. State)!The Chicago Tennis Festival is a series of three WTA national and international events, the WTA 125 and two WTA 250, planned for August and September 2021. The Chicago Tennis Festival is a…

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Masks will once again be required for people when they’re indoors in public in Chicago starting today, Friday, August 20. Officials hope the requirement will help slow the latest surge of coronavirus cases.

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The scaled back edition of the Air & Water Show takes place along the lakefront this weekend Aug. 21/22. (Saturday and Sunday) from noon to 1pm. The only performance will be by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. There will also be practice runs from 10 am to 2 pm today, Friday. (Photo by Barry B…

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Kanye West will hold his third public "listening' event in Chicago's Soldier Field for his yet-to-be-released "Donda" album. Tickets go on sale today, August 20, via Ticketmaster for the event which will take place Thursday, August 26. Showtime will be 9 pm. West announced the news on his In…

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Eversight Illinois will host its annual Gift of Sight Mystery Masquerade fundraiser, this year themed "Fantasea," on Wednesday, September 8. The event will be held at The Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior, 6:30- 10:30 pm) following all Covid-19 protocols.

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The first "Meet Me On The Mile Sunday Spectacle, Motors & Music" was a 'smashing success' according to event organizers. Held Sunday, August 15 and presented by The Magnificent Mile Association, the event included a partial street closure (Michigan Avenue between Pearson and Chicago Aven…

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The Davis Theater at Lincoln Yards, in partnership with Sterling Bay and the 2nd Ward, will present summer outdoor movies at 1665 N. Ada Street. New and classic movies will be shown every week through September.

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Chicago SummerDance in the Parks returns in-person this summer beginning August 18 (through Sept.15). Presented free by the Chicago Park District, SummerDance invites dancers of all ages and skill levels to participate in family-friendly creative activities and introductory dance lessons by …

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The Magnificent Mile Association, with support from the City of Chicago, is hosting "Meet Me on The Mile" this Sunday, August 15. This outdoor activation series supports area businesses and nearby cultural institutions with programming to entice locals and tourists alike to celebrate Chicago…

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"People will come Ray, they most definitely will come....." James Earl Jones famously said in the 1989 classic movie, "Field of Dreams." And it will become a reality tonight in Dysersville, Iowa, when 4,000 fans are expected to see the long-anticipated MLB Field of Dreams game between the Ch…

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More than 50 restaurants and chefs will grill up delicious meats and produce from Green City Market vendors during the return of its premiere Chef BBQ event Thursday, Sept. 9, in Lincoln Park.

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It's Caturday at the Music Box! Now though August 10, check out the Cat Video Fest at the iconic Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport! Enjoy a 72-minute compilation of the best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos and more.

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How about cruising the Chicago River in an environmentally-friendly, zero-emissions donut boat? Well, Chicago Electric Boats has got you covered! This ring-shaped water cruiser allows up to 6 passengers, all seated around a circular table in the middle that can hold snacks, beverages or othe…

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Urbanspace, the New York City food hall pioneer, will open its long-awaited Chicago food halls after being on hold for more than a year due to the pandemic. It will open its 12,000 square foot Loop location on the ground floor of the 15 W. Washington Building at Washington and State in mid-S…

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The first-ever Evening on Division will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 5:30-8:30 pm, on Division between State and Dearborn. Designed to support local businesses, the evening will be hosted by Gold Coast Neighbors Association and sponsored by Janice Corley of ReMax, Lodge Management Grou…

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Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating music in the key of Chicago — during the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations and musicians from across the city together to celebrate …

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Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), a nonprofit that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global ambassadors through music, is releasing a new studio album, Long Way Home, the Choir’s latest full-length LP.

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The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) will present a fascinating look at the Great Chicago Fire in an exhibit coming October 8. City on Fire: Chicago 1871 will guide visitors through the crucial events and conditions before, during and after the fire. The family-friendly exhibit wil…

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Join the North Dearborn Association on Sunday, August 8, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and discover one of the country’s oldest garden walks. (This year will be the 61st Dearborn Garden Walk!) Enjoy self-guided tours throughout the Near North and Gold Coast neighborhoods. Included in the ticket p…

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Chicago police have identified a crime spree connected to multiple incidents involving an armed robbery crew approaching individuals at gunpoint, 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins announced in an email to residents on Thursday.

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The Chinatown Community Foundation will host its annual, two-day, family-friendly Summer Fair July 31 and August 1.

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USO Illinois will present "USO Clark After Dark," an annual block party to celebrate America's military service members and their families. The event will take place Thursday, August 16, on Hubbard Street between Clark and LaSalle.

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Grab your bike and reconnect with friends and family on a car-free Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Experience a 30-mile course that starts at Butler Park, 235 S. Columbus Drive, and continues along the lakefront. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, the event will take place Sunday, …

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Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday that all students, teachers, support staff and visitors will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings when they return to school Aug. 30, regardless of vaccination status.

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PAWS Chicago, one of the largest animal rescues in the country, is hosting a pet photo contest. Dubbed Vanity Fur, this event is free to enter with the winner (a dog and cat) being featured on a Pet of the Week page in the PAWS' 2022 desktop calendar and a social media post.

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Initially, we had some questions about that giant egg in Maggie Daley Park, wondering if it was part of the Pokemon GO Fest that begins today, Saturday, July 17. The answer is YES! A spokesman for the event reached out to us today to confirm that it IS part of this exciting event! Read ALL t…

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The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public Thursday, July 15 and included new outdoor experiences, test drives and an evening street fest. The indoor-outdoor event took place inside McCormick Place’s West Building and outdoors along Indiana Avenue. This marks the first time in history that t…

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Looks like a venue selection for the "Art of Banksy" exhibit is just as elusive as the artist himself. In an unusual change of circumstances, organizers for the exhibit are "nowhere to be found" according to David Chase, co-founder of the West Loop venue, Epiphany Center for the Arts, where …

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Chicago Dancers United presents Dance for Life 30th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion's outdoor stage in Millennium Park. This year’s Dance for Life performance will feature works by DanceWorks Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard St…