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A countywide bike plan will be put into effect come summer. The ambitious goal will help make cycling safer for people of all ages and abilities by expanding a network of trails that aren't on busy streets, among many other objectives.

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The Garfield Park Conservatory has another agave whopper on its hands. Its 35-year-old agave guiengola (nicknamed "Guien", pronounced Gwen) is showing extraordinary growth, up to 9 inches in 24 hours at last count, in the Desert House.

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Dinosaurs from the Earth's Jurassic seas will be the focus of a new exhibit coming to the Field Museum on February 25, 2022. The exhibition, Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep, which was produced and curated by London’s Natural History Museum, will introduce visitors to the underwater gia…

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The 8th annual ABC7 Great Chicago Blood Drive is coming up January 12 and 13. ABC 7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott and Host/Reporter Hosea Sanders will be part of the station's live coverage once again this year. The response to ABC 7's live coverage last year  was so great that the drive will b…

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The Field Museum is kicking off 2022 with Free Admission Days for Illinois residents every Wednesday during January and February. You can walk through dioramas of tropical islands, touch real fossils, and come face to face with SUE the T. rex.

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Brrrrrrrrr......The Chicago Polar Plunge is headed back to the beach! Make a splash at the 22nd annual Plunge which will take place on North Avenue Beach Sunday, March 6, beginning at 8 am. The event will support the 7,500 special Olympians who compete year-round in Chicago. All funds raised…

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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and community public safety advocates agree that working to promote and develop a strong sense of community tops their list of priorities for maintaining the safety of Chicago residents into the new year.

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The Chicago Auto Show will return to McCormick Place in its traditional time frame this year, Feb. 12-21. Last year's event in July was limited due to Covid restrictions. The show will be open from 10 am to 10 pm every day, except for the final day of the show (Presidents Day) when it will c…

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The historic Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, celebrated its 150th anniversary today, December 8. A ceremony and celebration took place in the hotel's grand lobby before a crowd of fans, friends and media. The event honored both the milestone anniversary and National Brownie Day (paying homage …

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Now through December 31, Brookfield Zoo ( presents Holiday Magic, a festive wonderland featuring the new Sea of Lights, a 41-foot-tall tree, a 3D walk-thru gingerbread house, the Game of Gnomes Scavenger Hunt, a skating rink, holiday-themed food and a drop-off box for letters to Santa.

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Hell in a Handbag Productions returns with one of its most popular holiday musicals: Christmas Dearest. This satirical and humorous take on the classic "A Christmas Carol" runs through December 31 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium,1650 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

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The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns as a walking experience at the Arboretum located at 4100 Illinois Route 53 in Lisle, Il. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees during this one-of-a-kind spectacle of color, light, and sound, now through J…

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The pandemic has dramatically changed the ways in which people celebrate important events, but as one Chicago-based company has found, even when distance and circumstances prove challenging, families and friends will always be committed to honoring the loved ones in their lives. 

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The Christkindlmarket hosted a VIP-Early Access event tonight, November 18, to kick off it's 25th anniversary edition of this much loved market which opens tomorrow.

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On Saturday night, November 12, the Drake Hotel was packed with party-goers and their four-legged friends, to celebrate PAWS Chicago's 20th anniversary and its triumphant Fur Ball return. After a long pandemic hiatus, guests were thrilled to be back together again to raise funds for PAWS, th…

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Cinespace, the family-owned film and TV production center, is being sold, reportedly for $1.1 billion to TPG Real Estate Partners. TPG has purchased the studio campuses of Cinespace Studios in Chicago and Toronto — combined, it is the second largest independent sound stage platform in North …

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The thrill capital of the Midwest announces the return of Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great America. This year's festivities offers both a drive-thru experience and in-park visits. Guests will enjoy a dazzling display of over 3 million twinkling lights, sights, and sounds for this 2nd a…

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Santa Claus WILL return for in-person visits at Macy's State Street beginning Saturday, November 6 through December 24! “Macy’s is the destination for holiday magic. For more than 160 years, Macy’s has enthralled generations with celebrations welcoming the holiday season. From a visit with t…

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Runners Ruth Chepngetich, of Kenya, and Seifu Tura, of Ethiopia, won the women's and men's competitions Sunday, Oct. 10, at the 2021 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Chepngetich finished with a time of 2:22:31 and Tura finished in 2:06:12. 

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Navy Pier will brighten the winter season with Light Up the Lake, an indoor, temperature-controlled experience, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays comprising more than 600,000 twinkling lights; a regulation-size Alpine ice rink, authentic holiday beer garden, kiddie train rides, …

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Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is bringing its experiential museum to Chicago this coming summer 2022. Located at The Shops at Tribune Tower at 435 N Michigan Ave, the one-of-its-kind space will span 13,544 square feet and encompass retail, entertainment, and a cafe and bar. The whimsical instal…

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Cascade Park, the final phase of the Lakeshore East development, marked its grand opening Wednesday afternoon with a celebration attended by project developers, architects and community residents. 

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For an upcoming webinar focusing on vehicular hijackings, Alderman Brian Hopkins will be joined by Commander Elizabeth Collazo of the 14th District Police Department and Commander Gabriella Shemash of the 12th District Police Department, among others.

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Pier Pumpkin Lights returns to Navy Pier for its second year, starting Friday, Oct. 1. As part of the experience, guests will have the opportunity to explore a variety of pumpkin pop-up installations and enjoy Pier-wide deals during the month-long seasonal celebration. From jack-o’-lantern t…

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Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC), a nonprofit organization that empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global leaders through music, announces the return of one of Chicago’s most inspirational galas, Red Jacket Optional, in person for the first time since 2019.

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Chicago Gourmet’s 2021 Hamburger Hop, presented by DoorDash, Buckhead Meat and Blue Moon Brewing Co., returned with a splash on Friday, September 24. Held at the Harris Theater rooftop and emceed by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, the show-stopping evening was filled with mouth-watering burg…

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The Chicago Architecture Center will host Open House Chicago on October 16/ 17—a free, two-day public festival that offers self-guided history and architecture trails throughout Chicago, talks and programming, and behind-the-scenes access to architecturally, historically and culturally signi…

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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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AIDS Foundation Chicago has announced that the 30th annual Aids Run & Walk Chicago, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, at Soldier Field, will feature a number of new safety precautions, including proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, free onsite Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna …

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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…