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Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), informally called the “Green Comet," recently made its closest approach to the Sun, after having traveled tens of thousands of years from the far fringes of the solar system. It’s forecast to be brightest around January 31 and February 1, 2023 at just slightly brighter…

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All Chicagoans ages six months and up can receive a Moderna (ages six months through five years) or Pfizer (ages six and up) COVID vaccine at home through the Protect Chicago at Home program run by the city. Vaccines include the bivalent booster, and flu shots are also available to those who…

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Chicago, IL — Old Navy's flagship store is closing on State Street in downtown Chicago. The store as been at the 150 N. State St. location for 10 years.

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The official kickoff to the 16th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, First Bites Bash, brought thousands of people to the Chicago Field Museum on January 19. Tickets sold out in record time for this happy celebration of Chicago’s culinary scene. The purple and white up-lighting out front shined …

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This winter, The Joffrey Ballet remounts Yuri Possokhov’s blockbuster Anna Karenina for the first time since its crowd-pleasing world premiere in 2019. Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, Possokhov’s immersive adaptation—winner of the 2019 “Oscars of Dance” Benois de la Danse International Pr…

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The College of DuPage Foundation, in support of the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) and the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA), hosts their “For the Love of Warhol: A Night at Studio 54” gala, at Esplanade Lakes, 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, Ill. 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.

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First Bites Bash, the celebratory kick-off event for the 16th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, will make an exciting return for the first time since 2020. The event will be held Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Chicago’s Field Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. “First Bites Bash is one of the events Chicag…

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze is set to dazzle Chicago audiences with its acclaimed and whimsical holiday spectacular! As one of the nation’s premier family holiday traditions, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will convey the magic of the holiday season through a Broadway-style production infused with contem…

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The 20th annual Holiday Chicago Toy & Game Fair (formerly at Navy Pier), North America's largest toy and game fair, will open this weekend, Dec. 10/11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. It’s open to the public with experiential and immersive events, interactive exhi…

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The Chicago Park District is celebrating the holiday season in style with a variety of events running through the month of December. Enjoy “Snow Day” at the Garfield Park Conservatory; a holiday flower show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory; a candy cane hunt at Wentworth Park; hot cocoa with…

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When I think of winter, I think of hot chocolate, cozy fireplaces and sweater weather. And of course, like so many of us in Chicago, fresh snow falls and winter activities are my favorite! Spending time outdoors in the winter, especially when there is snow, is a rare treat for some, but not …

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The sparkle of holiday lights, glimmering merrily against dark, chilly winter evenings, brings smiles to young and old. Perhaps it’s nostalgia, perhaps it’s the festivity, perhaps it’s the wonder of anticipation that ushers in cozy warmth on a frosty evening. But for both those decorating th…

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There’s no other experience in Chicago that marks the beginning of the holiday season like the Christkindlmarket. These much-loved markets returned Nov. 18 and will last through December, bringing the centuries-old spirit of German open-air markets to Daley Plaza (in its 26th season), Wrigle…

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Dig out the old wool socks (and knee pads!), sharpen your blades and lace up the leather. Ice skating season is slipping into high gear at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park Nov. 19.

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Chicago Loop Alliance launches its first ever State Street Holiday Market showcasing over 85 local Chicago small business owners November 18 through December 18. The (free) State Street Holiday Market is an evolution of “Sundays on State” and realizes part of the mission of “Chicago Loop All…

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The Chicago Police Foundation hosted its 7th annual True Blue Event at the Hyatt Regency November 15. A sell-out crowd turned out to support this nonprofit that helps to improve the city of Chicago’s public safety by funding programs that supplement resources and equipment available to the C…

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Mikey was sadly abandoned at the Anti-Cruelty’s River North Adoption Center after his owner could no longer care for him. He enjoys seeking out attention from humans and is very cuddly, quiet, and calm. This 5-year-old is also known to be friendly with other felines. Mikey is one of the shel…

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World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development agency, driving inclusive economic development and promoting Chicago as an international hub, announces the expansion of its cultural showcase program with the opening of two new retail spaces in The Wrigley Building: Argentine Connecti…

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Indulge your passion for vinyl on Saturday, October 22 when the long-delayed CHIRP Record Fair returns! Join other fans at Plumbers Hall (1350 W. Washington) for this 18th annual event and dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, as well as DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. It's a music…

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After a two-year hiatus, the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show (A+M) returns to the Community House in Winnetka this fall with a Preview Party on Thursday evening, November 3, followed by a show weekend Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6.  Presented by The Woman’s Board of Winnet…

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On Oct. 8, 2021, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to formally honor people native to the U.S. with a presidential proclamation designating Oct. 11, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On the same day, he issued a proclamation recognizing Oct. 11, 2021, as Columbus Day, comme…

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Chicago Star has begun a monthly feature that spotlights homeless pets that are available at local shelters around town. Meet this month's adoptable dogs, Joey and Chandler, available now at Young at Heart Pet Rescue.

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Opening a new business is hard work. Maintaining a business is even harder. And in a world where political and economic volatility seems to be the new normal, today’s entrepreneurs truly need nerves of steel.

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The Windy City is hosting the world’s greatest game on sand September 2 through the 4th on Oak Street Beach. The AVP heads to the Midwest once again for the 2022 Gold Series Chicago Open. The sport’s best and brightest will battle to become the pride of Oak Street Beach, and fans will once a…

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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…