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Navy Pier shutting down temporarily after Labor Day due to COVID-19 pandemic

Navy Pier shutting down temporarily after Labor Day due to COVID-19 pandemic

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Jesse Kirsch CHICAGO (WLS) -- Navy Pier announced Tuesday that after Labor Day, the iconic tourist attraction will fully shutdown for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pier hopes to reopen in spring 2021 but has not announced a firm reopening date.The closure, first reported by ABC7, comes as the Pier's nonprofit operator faces a $20 million budget shortfall spurred by substantially low visitor turnout."If we're seeing 15% attendance during our typically strongest months, we're very concerned for our partner businesses that rely on summer...

August 18, 2020
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Black business crawl celebrates National Black Business Month every Saturday in August

Black business crawl celebrates National Black Business Month every Saturday in August

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- To mark the 26th anniversary of National Black Business Month in Illinois, TheBlackMall.com (TBM) will host Black business crawls every Saturday in August."2020 is a year of major change, making it an open portal for Black owned businesses to finally gain the spotlight," said TBM CEO Cassiopeia Uhuru. "August is the perfect month to set the stage." partnered with Afrika Enterprises, Black Entrepreneurship Collective, Black Chicago Eats, Blacknificent Mile 79th Street Corridor, CBW Productions, Red Level...

August 16, 2020
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Dan Ryan protest: Expressway march against police brutality planned Saturday

Dan Ryan protest: Expressway march against police brutality planned Saturday

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Protesters are planning a march against police brutality on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Chicago's South Side Saturday.Demonstrators plan to gather for a rally at Robert Taylor Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood at 12 p.m., according to a cited by Chicago's Department of Emergency Management and Communication.The groups then plan to march westbound on 47th Street and enter the Dan Ryan Expressway, OEMC said. They are expected to march in the northbound lanes until exiting at 43rd Street and marching along city streets...

August 16, 2020
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Chicago violence: 15 shot, 1 fatally in weekend shootings

Chicago violence: 15 shot, 1 fatally in weekend shootings

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Weekend violence continues to claim victims across Chicago.As of Saturday morning, 15 people have been shot, 1 fatally, according to Chicago police.A was among those shot Friday evening.The boy was shot in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood Friday evening.Police said the shooting happened in a park at East 64th Street and South Ellis Avenue sometime between 8 and 8:30 p.m.Police said the boy was standing in the park with a group of males when shots were fired. The child was struck in the right leg.The boy was taken to...

August 15, 2020
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5 hurt after motorcycles, vehicle towing trailer crash on Edens Expressway; all lanes reopened, ISP says

5 hurt after motorcycles, vehicle towing trailer crash on Edens Expressway; all lanes reopened, ISP says

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WILMETTE, Ill. (WLS) -- All lanes on the Edens Expressway were shut down early Thursday after five people were injured in a serious crash involving motorcycles and a vehicle towing a trailer, Illinois State Police said.Around midnight a group of motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed on the inbound Edens near Glenview Road when one of them hit a vehicle towing a trailer, causing the car to lose control and hit the wall, police said.At least three people on motorcycles crashed, police said. They were all transported to...

August 14, 2020
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New coronavirus hotspots in US could be Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, researchers warn

New coronavirus hotspots in US could be Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, researchers warn

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO -- Researchers used by the COVID-19 Task Force are predicting Chicago will be one of the next hot spots for the virus to hit, in addition to Boston and Baltimore.According to researchers at PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Chicago has a high transmission rate and inadequate social distancing measures. Boston's transmission rate is growing and many are traveling for leisure, according to cell phone data, according to PolicyLab. And Baltimore is at risk because of its high density and poverty rate, and large...

August 13, 2020
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Teen found in woods 8 days after going missing

Teen found in woods 8 days after going missing

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy MARK OSBORNE An 18-year-old who went missing on July 24 has been found eight days later in the heavily wooded Cascade Mountains east of Seattle in what rescuers are calling a "miracle."Giovanna "Gia" Fuda went missing last Friday after last being seen on surveillance footage at a coffee shop in Index, Washington. Her car was found out of gas on Highway 2 the next day between Skykomish and Steven's Pass in extremely mountainous terrain. But after more than a week of searching, the authorities had turned up very little until Saturday."We are absolutely thrilled...

August 9, 2020
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Gov. Pritzker to appear in Clay County court over state's emergency order or face contempt, judge says

Gov. Pritzker to appear in Clay County court over state's emergency order or face contempt, judge says

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutThe governor is facing an arrest warrant unless he shows up in courtBy ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CLAY COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker has been ordered to appear in court over a legal challenge involving his statewide action during the coronavirus pandemic.The governor is accused of violating a ruling that states he does not have the authority to extend an emergency order beyond 30 days.Weeks ago, a judge in downstate Clay County sided with Republican State Representative Darren Bailey regarding the legal challenge.Pritzker is facing a warrant for his...

August 8, 2020
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Southbound Red Line trains to bypass Edgewater stations through mid-August

Southbound Red Line trains to bypass Edgewater stations through mid-August

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out CHICAGO -- Southbound CTA Red Line trains will bypass three stations in Edgewater on the North Side for the next two weeks.Starting Monday morning, 95th-bound trains will not stop at the Granville, Thorndale or Bryn Mawr stations until 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, according to a service alert from the CTA.Riders who need to head south from the affected stations should take a northbound train to Howard to transfer to southbound trains, the CTA said.Southbound riders needing to reach those stations should take a 95th-bound train to Berwyn and then transfer to a...

August 3, 2020
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Kanye West misses deadline to appear on Wisconsin presidential ballot, election officials say

Kanye West misses deadline to appear on Wisconsin presidential ballot, election officials say

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out CHICAGO -- Staff for the Wisconsin Elections Commission recommended Tuesday that rapper Kanye West be kept off the battleground state's presidential ballot in November because he missed a deadline to submit nomination papers.The staff determined that West and running mate Michelle Tidball missed a 5 p.m. deadline on Aug. 5, the last day for independent presidential candidates to submit the required 2,000 signatures of Wisconsin voters to get on the ballot.The Chicago native is trying to get on Wisconsin's ballot as a third-party candidate. Staff reviewed his...

August 19, 2020
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