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At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) extended a Lakeshore Flood Advisory and Beach Hazard for the shorelines of Cook and Lake County. Originally issued yesterday afternoon, the Flood Advisory will remain in effect until 4 o’clock tomorrow, and the Beach Ha…

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Common sense prevailed during an Aug. 29 “Peace & Unity: Shutdown our Magnificent Mile” demonstration on Michigan Avenue. As approximately 150 protesters condemned police — and approximately 150 police officers observed them — the mood stayed relatively cool and everyone scored a win for…

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In a press release today, Navy Pier announced that it will implement a “temporary closure” starting Tuesday, September 8 and remaining in place until the spring of 2021. At that time, the historic facility will reopen, provided that the “status of the pandemic” allows it do to so. 

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The Chicago Architecture Center announced several exciting promotions and family programs including a BOGO offer for Chicago locals and free exploration kits for families visiting the Center’s galleries.

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Benny Mathew, who has lived in Streeterville for the past five years, woke up Monday morning to a series of concerned texts from friends. When he visited the Streeterville Neighborhood Advocates Facebook group to find out what had happened, he was shocked to read about the destruction that h…

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Looting raged up and Michigan Ave. in what appeared to be an orchestrated act of theft and destruction that began at approximately 12 a.m. today. Resulting in damage and burglary to several stores, the incident prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to issue a strong declaration during a press confer…

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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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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab earned the number one spot for rehabilitative hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 rankings. Formerly called the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the organization moved into its 27-story Streeterville facility in 2017.

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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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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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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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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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Navy Pier has announced that it will reopen to the public beginning June 10, operating daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Describing the move as “Phase 1,” the pier listed several activities, docks, kiosks, restaurants and stores that will be running, open or available for use, including select fr…

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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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) 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…