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The third phase of Chicago’s plan to restore normality began today, less than a week after violence erupted during the George Floyd protests. Described by Mayor Lightfoot as a “cautious reopening,” this step allows certain businesses and restaurants with outdoor seating to pick up where they…

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The damage of Saturday night’s George Floyd protests still linger on Michigan Avenue, but less than before, thanks to locals and emergency crews who are determined to clean up and show their love for Chicago.

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Chicago is bringing the city’s legendary music festivals into the homes of the fans who have helped turn them into a global sensation. Beginning tonight (May22), the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will kick off Millennium Park at Home, a series of live virtual concerts str…

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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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By Daniel Patton, May 3, 2020 A commitment to professional responsibility and a desire to interact with people enabled Haley Peterson to earn a position with the door staff of the Lofs At River East. “Last year, I was making deliveries for DoorDash and I met a doorman at Pres-idential Towers…

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By Elisa Shoenberger, May 3, 2020 The Cook County Court system has reduced services during the pandemic, but some cases are still being heard. An order to limit court matters, entered by Chief Judge Timothy Evans on March 17, has been extended to May 18. Non-emergency cases like traffic and …

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By Elisa Shoenberger, April 29, 2020 Northwestern Memorial testing sarilumab as treatment for COVID-19Northwestern Memorial is one of several hospitals testing the drug sarilumab to help with critically ill COVID-19 patients. Northwestern began enrolling patients on March 22nd. According to …

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By Daniel Patton The COVID-19 Statistics page on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) website showed that more than a thousand cases of coronavirus disease have been reported in Chicago’s downtown residential neighborhoods (Magnificent Mile, New Eastside, River North, Streetervi…

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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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By Mat Cohen   This night owl has been building strong relationships and having some fun along the way. Roosevelt Shivers, who has won the Streeterville News Doorperson of the Month, has been stationed on the late shift at the Streeter, 345 E. Ohio St., for 10 years. “I love helping the resi…

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By Stephanie Racine, Elisa Shoenberger, and Daniel Patton   The Chicago culinary community is not taking a backseat during the restaurant shutdown. With Illinois’ shelter-in-place order planned through April 7, local restaurants have had to alter their methods of feeding the community.   Vol…

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By Daniel Patton, March 18, 2020   Social distancing has elevated the kitchen to a new level of importance in America. Loosely defined as the practice of staying away from other people to avoid spreading a virus, it is one of the recently issued federal guidelines that are turning private ho…

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By Daniel Patton, March 12, 2020   Alderman Brendan Reilly and Related Midwest President Curt Bailey unveiled a new proposal for 400 N. Lake Shore Drive at the Hotel Intercontinental on March 10. Speaking at a forum hosted by the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR), the off…

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A popular Wicker Park bookstore has opened a second location at 900 North Michigan Shops in the Gold Coast. Rebecca George, who co-owns Volume Books with her sister Kimberly, said they were approached by the six-level shopping destination after they had a successful pop-up store at Water Tow…

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by Doug Rapp A local eatery is offering mid-week wine deals. On Wednesdays, Pinched on the River, 443 E. Illinois St., is offering first glasses of wine for $1. From 6 to 8 p.m. on hump days, customers can try a glass of red, white, rose or sparkling wine for a buck. The choices will be rota…

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by Mat Cohen Sheri Campbell is an integral part of the community she loves. She’s been a doorperson at Elm Street Plaza, 1130 N. Dearborn St., for four years and has won Streeterville News Doorperson of the Month. “It’s all just a lot of customer service and interacting with people,” she sai…

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by Stephanie Racine Expectant parent classes can cost a substantial amount in downtown Chicago. For example, classes at Northwestern Hospital cost from $50-$120.  But Dr. Daniel Weissbluth, a pediatrician who has an office in Northwestern’s campus in Streeterville, is out to buck the trend. …

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by Doug Rapp The odds are 1 in 1,461 that you’ll be born on Leap Day, Feb. 29. 2020 is a leap year, with an extra day tacked on the calendar every four years to keep the seasons lined up with the 365-and-a-quarter days it takes for the earth to orbit the sun.  Whether they’re called Leapling…

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by Doug Rapp They’re freezin’ for a reason. The 20th annual Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Chicago is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020, at North Avenue Beach. “Plungers” collect donations and pledge to jump into the icy waters of Lake Michigan. “People are excited we’ve …

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by Stephanie Racine Streeterville police want to work with residents to help keep them safe. After a slew of violent muggings and surprise carjackings in Streeterville at the end of December and beginning of January, 18th district police held a community meeting on January 11 to discuss safe…

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by Mat Cohen Arte Brinson is accepting the Doorperson of the Month Award on behalf of the whole team at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive. “They could’ve made this phone call to the paper for any one of us,” he said. “I’m not the only one that deserves the recognition.” But February is Brinson’s month…

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by Jacqueline Covey At the Streeterville CAPS meeting, 6 p.m., Jan. 2 at Living Access, discussion focused on neighborhood justice activities and when to contact the police.  Officer Al Robinson reported to residents that calls to service were up. Calls to service are the number of times “th…

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by Jacqueline Covey The Chicago Help Initiative gives free meals to guests who are in need. During the holidays, there is no shortage of volunteers, but post giving-season, this organization, like many non-profits in the area, becomes short-handed. Executive Director of Chicago Help Initiati…

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by Jacqueline Covey For 17 years, January Doorperson of the Month Justine Kotlarz has worked at 247 E. Chestnut St. greeting residents, tending to their needs and handing out cookies—to those with two and four feet. About two months ago, Kotlarz lost her brother Nick Bolhak. “My brother got …

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by Mat Cohen There’s a tremendous amount of pride and loyalty that comes with being a Chicago sports fan. Fans of the Bulls, who  haven’t reached the conference semifinals since 2011,  need loyalty now more than ever. Chris Britton is strongly loyal and has thick  Chicago pride, so the rolle…

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by Jacqueline Covey Following the September CAPS meeting, officers Al Robinson and Tom Baker with Chicago’s Office Community Policing reopened the discussion about homelessness in sectors 1831, 1832, 1833 and 1834 of the 18th District on November 7 at 115 W. Chicago Avenue.  The conversation…

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by Elisa Shoenberger While the Lakefront Trail is a popular route for commuting cyclists, snow and ice can make it hazardous during the winter.  A 2011 Park District and Active Transportation Alliance report found nearly 30,000 people  used the trail daily during the summer. It’s used throug…

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by Stephanie Racine Streeterville Walks, a social walking program of Streeterville Neighborhood Advocates, has been around for nearly six years.  Craig Kaiser, who organizes the walks, started the program as a neighborhood watch endeavor. But he noticed people who came on watch were much mor…

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By Doug Rapp If you see a group of people wearing shiny headbands and running around Trump Tower, know it was planned. Called the “Naruto Run Around Every Trump Tower,” the Sunday, Nov. 3 event is hosted by a comedy podcast, Thought Cops, which takes a weekly look at “outrage culture.” The p…

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By Mat Cohen While overlooking companions playing in Bennett Park, dogs enjoyed treats, their own photo booth, a plethora of tennis balls and a warm pool to think about jumping in. The annual Doggie Dip hosted at One Bennett Park Apartments on Oct. 26 offered much to see and do for dogs and …

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by Stephanie Racine and Elisa Shoenberger University of Chicago Medicine will open a state-of-the-art clinic at 355 E. Grand Ave. in Streeterville in early 2020. The 42,000-square-foot center, which encompasses two floors, will house several medical departments. Primary care, urology, cardio…

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By Doug Rapp Kanye West’s “Homecoming” boomed through the dark room. As the lights came up, host Blake Burkhart took the stage riling up the audience of 90 gathered in a back room at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville. Taking off a beanie to reveal his newly shaved head, Burkhart said he…

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by Mat Cohen Johnson, who has worked at 200 E. Delaware Place for 37 years, is the Streeterville Doorperson of the Month. If there are similarities between tending to 60 aquariums of freshwater tropical fish and being a doorman in a high-rise apartment building, Ralph Johnson would know. For…

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By Jesse Wright Jose Rivera knows how to keep his eye on the ball and stay in the game. Whether it’s playing centerfield in the softball field at Horner Park, or in the lobby of 530 N. Lake Shore Drive, where he is the doorperson, Rivera likes staying on his toes. Rivera has worked at the St…

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By Jesse Wright, staff writer Streeterville photographer and author Larry Broutman knows a little about cemeteries. His newest book about the city’s cemeteries, “Chicago Eternal,” in April was awarded a silver award in the regional book category by the Independent Book Publisher’s Associatio…

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At the Sept. 5 CAPS meeting in Streeterville, Residents complained of homeless people living in Streeterville parks and sleeping outside on Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue. Officer Ramona Stovall said people couldn’t legally sleep in parks as they close at 9 p.m. and generally people can’…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) “The Ship of Tolerance,” a sailing ship and art piece, will dock at Navy Pier from Sept. 17 through Oct. 6.  The ship is a free, public art installation at the City Stage lawn in Polk Bros Park and guests will have the opportunity to view and interact with the ship …

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright Harry Harris has spent most of his life serving the federal government. First, he served in the Marine Corps. He spent nine years in the service, and he enjoyed his time. “I loved serving the country,” Harris said. “It was a different experience and …

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Elisa Shoenberger Preservation Chicago champions Chicago’s legendary architecture and is working to preserve the character of neighborhoods. The nonprofit is behind recent efforts to landmark 15 post-fire mansions in Streeterville and River North. These buildings…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer A group of New Eastside—and nearby—residents have come together to form a board game night. The group meets monthly in the party room at The Tides, 360 E. South Water St. New Eastside resident Ishmeet Lamda started the game night by…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Fall is upon us, which means a fresh start on the schoolyear and brand new items to purchase. Be prepared for back-to-school with these useful for parents and fun for kids trends!   Home Sweet Locker Decorating lockers has always be…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright Would-be developers of a condo at 227 E. Walton got an earful from angry neighbors at a community meeting in August. The property is a historically significant 13-story, 25-unit condominium and developers with BRAD Management would like to turn it in…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright Q: To start with, could you tell me a little bit about your background? I know you went to undergrad in Michigan; did you grow up there? When did medicine begin to interest you and at what point did you decide to focus on rehabilitation? I noticed by…

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(Published Aug. 16, 2018) Amazon promoters will install curiosity boxes along the the Polk Bros. Park promenade on Navy Pier to promote the Prime Original series “Carnival Row.” The show, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, will premiere Aug. 31. Polk Bros. Park is at 600 Grand Ave. …