The 2021 Ring Lardner Awards this year will be a virtual program and will take place from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, via Zoom at no charge.
Three Magellanic penguins from Shedd Aquarium visited Shaw's Crab House in Chicago to support Chicago Restaurant Week and raise awareness regarding plastic pollution, a contributing issue that impacts aquatic animals across the globe.
Two additional mass COVID-19 vaccine sites in Chicago are slated to open today, April 5 at Chicago State University and the American Airlines Conference Center, located at Gallagher Way, city officials announced Thursday.
Joffrey Ballet President and CEO Greg Cameron has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chair of the State Street Commission.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other State officials on Thursday released a new framework allowing Illinois to move to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, further announcing Illinois residents 16 and older will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 12.
After over a year of Chicago Public School (CPS) students learning virtually and apart from one another, CPS and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) will set aside their differences and work together to reunite high school students back into the classroom.
Though there is no official confirmation yet on whether music shows will return to Chicago this summer, Wrigley Field has rescheduled the postponed shows from summer 2020, amid the pandemic, to take place this upcoming summer, according to a news release by the Chicago Tribune.
The Illinois State Education Board has published updated COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools in which capacity limits for in-person learning will now be determined by the ability of the space to accommodate social distances, not the set capacity limit number or percentage.
Chicago has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the mass vaccination site at the United Center, with residents of four new ZIP codes on the city's South and West Sides now able to receive the vaccine.
Randolph Street Market fans can rejoice this summer as the popular marketplace returns to a new location in Three Oaks, Michigan, on Memorial Day weekend.
Cook County Treasurer and Chicago Star Media advisory board member Maria Pappas spoke out against Target's potential arrival on the Magnificent Mile, which would potentially replace the Macy’s store at the Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Star Media is thrilled to announce that Emmy Award-winning TV and radio executive Fred Weintraub has joined the Chicago-based news organization as a contributor and will offer regular commentary about the latest topics in news.Weintraub, an executive producer at Weigel Broadcasting C…
Chicago is expected to move into Phase 1C of the city's vaccination distribution program, would include essential workers and people ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions, at the end of March, according to the head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady, from …
Three different programs have been developed to increase capital access, boost payment speed, and increase transparency around the diverse vendors Chicago does business with.
Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field will reopen to fans starting in April in accordance with the City's "Open Chicago" initiatives, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced this morning.
Families of Chicago Public Schools students still learning remotely will be able to opt in to in-person classes later this year, and the school district is seeking input from students and parents to help guide the reopening plan.
The highly anticipated saliva-based COVID-19 test, developed by the University of Illinois, has officially been approved for the use of federal emergency-state-wide distribution.
Registration opened Thursday, March 4, for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at a new mass vaccination center located in the parking lots outside the United Center, with more than 27,000 residents signing up to receive the vaccine by mid-afternoon, according to city health officials.
Downtown Chicago is home to some of the residential and commercial properties in Cook County with the most significant property tax increases over the past two decades, according to a new report released by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.
Now that Chicago’s test positivity rate has dropped to 2.9 percent, moving into the “lower risk” category, Mayor Lightfoot announced today that bars and restaurants are now permitted to operate at a 50 percent capacity as well as remain open until 1 a.m.
Former Chicago Tribune dining critic Phil Vettel was among the awardees recognized at the Illinois Restaurant Association's 2021 annual meeting, earning a lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the city's culinary community.
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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! celebrated its 35th anniversary by opening a “little sister” location, Lil' Ba-Ba-Reeba! on 441 N. Clark in River North in what was formerly Bar Ramone.
At the 2020 annual Streeterville Organization of Active Residents meeting, held virtually Feb. 18 via a YouTube livestream, SOAR leaders and Chicago aldermen representing Streeterville identified public safety and revitalization of the neighborhood as important initiatives to focus on this year.
Thanks to COVID-19 cases dropping below the 400 mark, city officials Tuesday announced that bars, restaurants and entertainment venues can now open their doors with a capacity of 40 percent.
A snowstorm that began Monday, Feb. 15, and extended into the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 16, left more than a foot of snow throughout much of Chicago, with some locations, such as Midway International Airport, reporting as much as 18 inches of snow.
Chicago foodies have something to look forward to in 2021 as Chicago Restaurant Week is officially back on. The annual event this year will run from Friday, March 19, to Sunday, April 4.
More than 50 Chicago women serving in leadership roles came together Feb. 9 for "Pretty Powerful 3.0," an opportunity to connect virtually, discuss philanthropic causes in the city and share updates on their organizations' work.
Marvel comic fans, mask and suit up — the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” exhibit is set to take place next month at the Chicago Museum of Sciences and Industries, making it the world’s largest interactive Marvel Comics exhibit.
With Phase 4 in full effect and the COVID-19 vaccine in existence, Chicago residents are eager to socialize again, eagerly returning to their favorite bars, restaurants, museums and gyms. One thing is for certain -- Chicagoans want the vaccine and they want it now.
After a quarter century of floral celebrations, Macy's has decided to end its yearly Flower Show display at its State Street location.
"Foster Boy," an award-winning film based on a Chicago attorney's experiences litigating cases involving the foster care system, will premiere on BET+ Feb. 13 in conjunction with Black History Month.
For a fourth consecutive year, NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago, and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation launched their 2021 Project Innovation Grant Challenge for non-profit organizations beginning on Jan. 8 and will close the deadline on Feb. 12.
It appears there will be more than just love in the air come this Valentine’s Day, as Southwest Airlines has plans to expand into O’Hare International airport come Feb.14.
After what feels like an eternity of dining in the cold after indoor dining and drinking was shut down in November, Illinois can expect fewer restrictions this month, some of which may include allowing guests to dine inside again, at a limited capacity, of course.
Chicago Star Media's hyperlocal community newspapers, Streeterville News and New Eastside News, will transition to a paid subscription model by the end of 2021.
Effective Jan. 1, Palos Health became part of Northwestern Medicine following approval of the merger and definitive agreement from both organizations' governing boards.
Located on floors 30-46 of the 900 North Michigan skyscraper, Four Seasons Hotel- Chicago is finally complete after undergoing a year-long renovation, which began Nov 2019, according to a company news release.
After more than four decades on the Magnificent Mile, the Macy's store at Water Tower Place will be closing its doors following a clearance sale that will begin this month and last for about eight to 12 weeks, the company announced Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Beginning July 1, 2021, Chicagoans can expect a raise in their paychecks as the minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour at large businesses, while businesses with 20 or fewer employees will see wages increase to a minimum of $14.50 an hour.
Hundreds of Chicago families in need will receive diapers this winter thanks to a drive launched by two ParkShore women — an initiative they hope will inspire other New Eastside residents to give back to the community as well.
Mouthwatering possibilities and greater convenience are among the benefits that Chicagoans are enjoying thanks to a few bold new innovations from Garrett Popcorn.
For many Chicagoans, the lockdown this spring was filled with temporary hobbies designed to help pass the time—such as baking sourdough and mimicking poses in famous works of art—that had mostly fallen by the wayside by summer.
I don’t know about you, but this has definitely been my annus horribilis. We lost family members, our dog died, my husband lost his two best friends and had a TIA (ministroke). Thank God Chuck is doing well, but the rest of these losses added to the already tough situation we’re all facing n…
As the days grow colder, Chicago restaurants are focusing on accommodations for the winter months that prioritize giving guests a warm, enjoyable outdoor dining experience.
Chicago Star Media invites people across the country to join in a singalong of Jingle Bells as part of a nationwide movement to spread good cheer.
The grand opening of the Navy Pier Marina will be postponed until spring 2022 because of permit-related issues, project manager Randy Podolsky announced in a statement on the Navy Pier Marina's website.
Starting in January, Streeterville News will be distributed to residents via mail, rather than delivered in bulk to downtown apartment buildings. This is part of an ongoing initiative by Chicago Star Media to reach more residents directly and better serve the community through increased acce…
The Aon Center has announced that renovations to the South Plaza adjacent to the building are scheduled to start Dec. 21.
“We have so many needs right now,” said Jacqueline Hayes, founder and president of The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI), a local organization whose mission it is to provide food and social services to homeless and underprivileged Chicagoans. “Many are suffering every which way right now. Some m…
The Gap's three-story Magnificent Mile location is set to close early next year, Gap Inc. has confirmed.