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Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile location at 226 E. Illinois St. will debut a new lower elementary school option this fall, as well as an additional space on the second floor of the Optima Signature building able to accommodate new classrooms.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared, “the start of the school year will certainly look different from anything before,” while announcing that Chicago’s public school students would spend the first quarter of the 2020 school year learning in their homes. Speaking at a press conference this morning,…

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab earned the No. 1 spot for rehabilitative hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 rankings, marking the 30th consecutive year the Streeterville research hospital has received this distinction.

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A man was discovered unresponsive in the early hours of July 26 after being shot multiple times outside Streeterville's W Hotel, where officers from the Chicago Police Department reportedly arrived at the scene just after 4 a.m., according to CBS 2 Chicago. CBS reported nobody was in custody…

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"We took over the space next door, so our capacity is over 200 now," said Sophia Stolis, sales and events director for Lodge Management Group, which operates Streeter's Tavern. "Obviously, we can't accommodate that yet, with the guidelines, but we're looking forward to it when everything goe…

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After “consultation with various stakeholders,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has directed the city to remove the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park “until further notice,” according to a press release issued today.

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President Donald Trump announced in a Wednesday, July 22 afternoon press conference that the U.S. Justice Department would "immediately" deploy hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to Chicago as part of a federal anti-violence initiative.The measure is an expansion of Operation Legen…

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Chicago bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors beginning Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m..

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Chicago Public Schools has outlined a hybrid model for students to “learn at school and at home” throughout the upcoming school year in a Google Doc titled, “School Reopening 2020: Preliminary Framework.”

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On July 12, the University of Chicago joined more than 50 colleges and universities in filing a brief opposed to the July 6 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive that placed restrictions on nonimmigrant students with F-1 visas.

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Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History will reopen to the general public on July 24, according to a press release. Although the legendary institution plans to eventually welcome visitors every day of the week, it will initially operate every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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The 36th Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest has been canceled. Citing city and state restrictions on large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival announced in a press release that it would be “impossible for the event to proceed as planned over Labor Day weekend 2020.” 

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Although the Loop Medical Center at 432 E. Grand Ave. is not scheduled to officially open until later this summer, the facility is offering free COVID-19 swab and blood antibody tests to anyone who schedules an appointment and provides a valid ID or social security number in the meantime.

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Chicago 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly led his fellow legislators in a cavalcade of praise for the performance and memory of former 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus during a virtual meeting of the Chicago City Council today.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Joffrey Ballet has cancelled all of its performances for the remainder of the year, including Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker. Winter and spring performances scheduled for February, April and May 2021 will continue as planned; specific programming will …

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Millennium Park “cautiously” reopened on Monday, June 15, according to an alert posted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Welcoming groups of 10 persons or fewer from 8am to 9pm every day, the 24.5-acre public space will require all visitors to practice…

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Urban Kayaks, Island Party Hut and Shoreline Sightseeing's Architecture Boat Tour are among the Riverwalk vendors that will welcome customers today, the first time they have conducted business since the city closed the entire location to fight the pandemic in March. 

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The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents has announced that the SOAR Farmers Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the plaza in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art (266 E. Chicago Ave.), and it will continue to operate at that location during those h…

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The list of things to do in Illinois is about to get a lot longer: Governor Pritzker has announced that Phase 3 of the five-step “Restore Illinois” plan will launch on May 29. Salons, barbershops, offices, state parks and, yes, bars will be partially back in business at the end of the month.

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A thin layer of slippery mud covered about half of Lower N. Stetson Ave. from E. South Water St. to the Chicago River at 11 a.m. on Monday May 18. The other half was submerged in floodwater from a marathon downpour that soaked the city on the preceding day.

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Chicago Police Sergeant Chris Schenk hosted a virtual CAPS meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. He was joined by CPD Detective McCarthy and Miguel Guzman, coordinator for the department’s Office of Community Policing. The meeting covered recent and ongoing activity in Chicago Polic…

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By Daniel Patton, May 7, 2020 On May 5, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker unveiled a “public health plan to safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold in our fight against COVID-19.” Titled, “Restore Illinois,” the plan divides the state into four disctinct “health regi…

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By Daniel Patton, May 6, 2020 New Eastside for Charity has launched a campaign to raise $7,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). By setting a goal for each of the neighborhood’s 14 buildings to collect $500, the “New Eastside 2020 Food Drive” is an opportunity to “help bring fo…

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Residents of 600 N. Lake Shore Drive picked up their dinners in the lobby of their building on April 24, where a number of dishes from Indian Garden were waiting for them. The tasty convenience was the latest edition of a new service featuring meals that are cooked, prepared and delivered to…

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Thanks to a dedicated staff and a supportive community, Streeterville’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH) has continued fulfilling its mission to support the families of children receiving medical treatment during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our daily operations have been impacted quite significantly as…

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By Daniel Patton, April 23, 2020 In his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, April 23, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that next week he plans to “sign an extension of our stay at home order through Saturday May 30.” “We are now at the most difficult part of this journey,” he added. “I kno…

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By Daniel Patton, April 22, 2020 Chicago’s annual House Music Conference & Festival, Gospel Music Festival, and Blues Festival have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to an April 21 announcement from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The tri…

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By Daniel Patton, April 20, 2020 Discolored fountains, broken lightbulbs, deteriorating walls and unsafe staircases are just a few of the items listed in a petition asking Magellan Development to address the alleged state of disrepair at Lakeshore East Park. Titled, “The 2020 Lakeshore East …

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By Daniel Patton, April 17, 2020 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the entire 2020 academic year. Announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing, the action extends the closure of all K-12 schools that the governor ordered on March 13. …

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Although the Lookingglass Theatre’s Michigan Avenue stage has been temporarily closed to comply with the city’s stay-at-home order, the legendary Chicago-based company is streaming a variety of online content to help drama lovers quench their thirst for entertainment.

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By Daniel Patton, April 14, 2020 Chicago has launched an effort to reduce transmission and increase treatment of COVID-19 among the city’s homeless population. Scheduling nurses to visit homeless shelters, building a new care network with community-based providers, and distributing personal …

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Daniel Patton, April 10, 2020 Mayor Lightfoot has introduced new regulations to increase the safety of CTA passengers and employees. Effective April 9, riders will board CTA buses through the rear door of the vehicles, where fare card readers will be relocated to accommodate them. Riders who…