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Randolph Street Market's first day back after the pandemic was a slam dunk. Held for the first time in Three Oaks, Michigan, on Memorial Day Weekend (29/30), RSM founder Sally Schwartz and 40 dealers from across the country welcomed guests back after a long, hard year.

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The Big Shoulders Fund hosted its first virtual Humanitarian Award Dinner which was a record-breaker, drawing the largest crowd (over 800) and raising the most funds, nearly $11.2 million. It was BSF's most successful Humanitarian Dinner to date and one of the most successful virtual fundrai…

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The city of Chicago is no longer requiring vaccinated people to wear masks in most settings, in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, city health officials announced May 18.

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The Navy Pier Flyover is now officially open! Alderman Brian Hopkins, Alderman Brendan Reilly, CDOT Commissioner Biagi, IDOT Secretary Osman and other transportation leaders joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot for the ribbon cutting of the Navy Pier Flyover on May 10. The Navy Pier Flyover is an ele…

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So many farmers' markets are returning after a long dark year. They bring glimmers of hope about a return to normalcy so it was with great excitement that I re-visited one of the first openings around town on May 8, the Green City Farmer's Market in Lincoln Park.

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The Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana's $300 million casino and entertainment destination opens Friday, May 14, at 5 pm. (5400 W. 29th Ave. Gary, Indiana) The 200,000-square-foot complex includes a massive gaming space, five food venues and an onsite sports-book, a retail shop and a 1,954-se…

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The Windy City Smokeout will kick off Chicago's summer festival season in July. The four-day event is scheduled to take place from July 8 through 11 in the parking lot by the United Center, featuring headlining sets from country artists Brett Eldredge, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley.

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Chicago is loosening many of its COVID-19 restrictions under the new Open Chicago initiative announced Thursday by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, which aims to increase capacity at indoor events and expand festivals and other outdoor entertainment.  

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Today we celebrate a legend in the world of jazz dance, the late Gus Giordano. On April 25, 1985, then Governor James R. Thompson declared this day to be Gus Giordano Day. As founder of the Giordano Dance Chicago company, he changed the cultural landscape of American jazz dance.  

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Chicago Park District and other city departments announced Tuesday the launch of "Arts 77," a plan dedicated to arts recovery for the city's 77 community areas.

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Navy Pier announced Tuesday that a phased reopening of the popular lakefront destination, which has been shut down since Labor Day, is set to begin Friday, April 30, with public access returning to some outdoor attractions and spaces and partial operations resuming with a focus on health and…

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The Chicago Police Department has developed a spring and summer strategy for the 2nd Ward that involves conducting drills to deploy officers and resources in the area's residential and commercial corridors in preparation for an anticipated season of marches, assemblies and protest demonstrat…

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday announced the city's "Blueprint for Fair Housing" plan, which aims to address housing segregation, a history of inequitable investment and disparities in opportunity access in Chicago by removing barriers to fair housing.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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. 

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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.