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As Chicago’s shutdown gradually lifts, West Loop churches are looking to reintroduce in-person services while continuing to use many of the technological tools that have enabled them to build and maintain strong community relationships from home.

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Indoor dining and drinking can begin at restaurants, bars, breweries and other eating and drinking establishments in Chicago today, according to an announcement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Business Affairs and Consumer Protectons (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno.

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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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There are all kinds of dads with all kinds of tastes, and William Grant & Sons has perfected the art of satisfying the spirit drinkers among them. Below, the independent, family-owned Scottish distillery serves up a round of gift ideas for Father's Day, coming up this Sunday, June 21.  

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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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By Daniel Patton, May 8, 2020 A City Council resolution calling for Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) funds to be released to small businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic could appear on the agenda at the city’s Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 12. Part of an …

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By Jon Cohn It is a bizarre and unsettling time. Our lives in the New Eastside and Streeterville neighborhoods have been turned, if not upside down, at least swished around like fruit in a smoothie blender on high speed. Through it all, though, we have learned some different terms and ideas …

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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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  Downtown Chicago’s lakefront and parks closedWhen sunny spring weather caused crowds to gather on the lakefront, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered that the lakefront, beaches, parks and the 606 be closed March 27 for an unspecified time to curb the spread of coronavirus. Chicago police patrolle…

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Chicago’s iconic six-pointed star and a font called Big Shoulders are key elements in a new city logo unveiled by Mayor Lightfoot’s office on March 4.

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Only hours before opening day at 8 a.m. on Nov. 21, people mindlessly pass the entrance attempting to arrive for the 6 p.m. pre-opening party at TimeOut Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market. “There’s people inside, it has to be open,” one passerby says to another. They want to be a part of t…

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By Jon Cohn I recently checked out the Maggie Daley Park kids playground. Oh, to be young again! The playground of my day was a couple of chain swings, maybe a teeter-totter (remember those things?) and a really COOL  jungle gym.  Fast forward some 50 years and welcome to today’s state-of-th…

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The work of local and national artists regularly decorate Soho House’s Green Street exterior. Graffiti on Green, a collaborative murals program between Soho House and Threadless, started in January 2015, five months after Soho House Chicago opened. “Soho House Chicago is a members club for c…

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By Elisa Shoenberger Hotel Chicago West Loop and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have teamed up for an art show. In February, Hotel Chicago West Loop, 1622 W Jackson Blvd., opened an exhibit in the Annex showcasing the work of 10 patient artists from the AbilityLab’s art therapy program. More than t…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019) By Stephanie Racine During the July CAPS meeting, police addressed safety concerns.  Many residents said they noticed heavy motorcycle traffic over the Fourth of July weekend. One resident reported seeing hundreds of motorcycles on Lake Shore Dr. heading north. Anoth…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019) By Jesse Wright New Eastside resident Alan Goldman remembers what it was like when he got the news he had prostate cancer 12 years ago. It was during a routine physical. “My first thought was, this is the first time I was exposed to something so severe, that could af…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019)By Elisa Shoenberger, Staff writer It may be tempting to fly a drone downtown whether to get a bird’s eye view on the Lollapalooza crowds or to get a unique shot of the skyline, it may be impossible to do so legally.  Chicago’s laws allow drone operators to fly their …

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By Elisa Shoenberger, Staff Writer The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs will headline the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Last year’s show drew an estimated 1 million p…

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(Published Aug. 1 2019) Glassdoor, the job listing and corporate review website, is expanding their space in West Loop’s Fulton Market. They recently acquired two floors of the new office building West End at 1327 W. Fulton, which will be finished in summer 2020. The new Glassdoor space will…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer             Farm-to-table eating is not a new trend, but it has had a resurgence in recent years. One restaurant in West Town incorporates farm-to-table to their own rooftop garden. Homestead on the Roof opened in 2012, but Chef Jess…

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(Published Aug. 1, 2019) Elisa Shoenberger, Staff writer An immersive art museum opened as a pop up in the fall with Chapter One. Visitors got to play with a variety of artistic installations and take selfies inside artist Yayoi Kusuma’s Infinity Room. Now, Chapter Two has opened at the wndr…

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By Jesse Wright Chicago police officers gave New Eastside residents some good news at the monthly CAPS meeting. Police sergeant Anthony Dombrowski reported June events,  Blues Festival and Gospel Festival, saw few problems, despite drawing large crowds to Millennium Park. “Things went pretty…

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Don’t want to fight the crowds at Cloud Gate to get a selfie? Looking for a special spot or event not typically on the tourism map? Get off the beaten path and get in with the locals with this quick guide. Wally Braun, a Chicago resident and official city greeter, has some suggestions. By Wa…

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By Elisa Shoenberger, Staff Writer Summer time is a great for trying new and invigorating cocktails made with  fresh ingredients and various liquors. Eden, 1748 W. Lake St., a restaurant featuring American cuisine, is developing a selection of cocktails for the summer. Led by chef Devon Quin…

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Fulton Galley opens on June 22 in Fulton Market, bringing five unique food stalls to the community. From Italian to Thai, Fulton Galley promises to help and support new culinary endeavors, as starting a new restaurant in Chicago can be a difficult task. Most…

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Sara Latham, owner of the Chicago-based The CryoBar, is excited to bring her version of cryotherapy to West Loop. Cryotherapy involves two-to-three-minute sessions of exposing one’s body to extremely low temperatures, from -200 to -240 degrees Fahrenheit for…

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by Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Hi-Five Ramen 112 N Green St http://highfiveramen.com/food/ Big ramen fans will already know about the small ramen restaurant inside of Green Street Smoked Meats, but it’s well hidden. The 16-seat counter-style restaurant is walk-ins only, with wait times of…

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June 1 Fulton Market Expo (FMX) Every first Saturday of the month through October, vendors at the Fulton Market Expo offer jewelry, flowers, baked goods, and more. Discover this historic district and its makers for yourself! 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, Fulton Market block between Peoria and Green S…

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(Published May 24, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer The Hoxton Hotel’s new co-working space is coming to Chicago in October. Dubbed Working From­_West Loop, the workspace will be the hotel’s first shared workspace in tandem with The Hoxton’s London location. Working From_ will feature…

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Published May 2, 2019 Parts of Jefferson Street remain closed—and will remain closed—for an unknown length of time as city road crews repair a massive rupture between Adams and Monroe streets. The rupture happened Tuesday afternoon, and the Chicago Department of Transportation will not confi…

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(Published April 11, 2019) By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer The Wing, a new workspace exclusively for women, opened in West Loop April 11. The space is located at 811 W. Fulton Market St. The Wing is an international brand headquartered in New York City and this is the company’s first Midwester…

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(Published April 3, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer London-based Hoxton Hotel opens in West Loop By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer On April 2, The Hoxton, a London-based hotel chain, opened doors in West Loop, on the corner of Green and Lake Street. With 182 guest rooms, The Hoxton i…

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(Published April 2, 2019) By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer This month, as gray skies finally give way to blue, some residents will be sailing around the Bahamas. It may sound like an ideal vacation—but there are sharks. Lots and lots of sharks. The Shedd Aquarium is taking regular people along …

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By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer(Published March 18, 2019) Julia Momose has been busy. She is one of the partners behind Kumiko, the newest Japanese restaurant in the West Loop and while she has an exacting eye for excellence, this project is a bit more personal than her first outing, Oriole. T…

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer(Published March 18, 2019) March 20 is the first day of spring—the vernal equinox. Spring evokes thoughts of new life, renewal, and bright colors, and what better way to celebrate that than with flowers? Whether you’re looking for arrangements for a wedding,…

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer (Published March 18, 2019) Officers for the 12th District hosted a community meeting for beats 1224 and 1231 on Feb. 13. Officer Luis Crespo hosted the meeting at the Chicago Police Training Division at 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., and nine other officers attende…

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer Google Announces Chicago Expansion Google has chosen Chicago as the location for its new finance hub, planning to add “hundreds” of new jobs with potential for even more growth, according to a press release from the mayor’s office. The announcement comes as…