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$250 Million Old Town Project With 450 Apartments Approved By Key City Commission

$250 Million Old Town Project With 450 Apartments Approved By Key City Commission

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The Shops at Big Deahl project would include three residential buildings, a fitness center and a public park.NEAR NORTH SIDE — A trio of residential buildings is one step closer to coming to Old Town, bringing with it a rare form of housing stock: affordable condos. The city’s Plan Commission on Thursday approved Structured Development’s plans for the $250 million Shops at Big Deahl project which would include three residential buildings, a fitness center and a public park at 1450 N. Dayton St. near the North and Clybourn corridor. The three...

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Chicago Is The Most Corrupt City In The U.S., According To New Study

Chicago Is The Most Corrupt City In The U.S., According To New Study

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Chicago outpaced Los Angeles and New York in corruption convictions — and residents are already bracing for more.CHICAGO — Chicago remains America’s most corrupt city, and Illinois the third-most corrupt state, according to a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The report, co-authored by UIC professor and former Ald. Dick Simpson, is based on an analysis of the public corruption statistics published by the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2018, there were 13 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois,...

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Lincoln Square Alderman Pushes Zoning Change To Force Developer To Reveal Mystery Grocer

Lincoln Square Alderman Pushes Zoning Change To Force Developer To Reveal Mystery Grocer

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The developer says it can't reveal its tenant because of a non-disclosure agreement. The lack of information has frustrated neighbors, who worry the grocer could be an Amazon Fresh.LINCOLN SQUARE — A Lincoln Square alderman is trying to change the zoning of an area in a bid to force a developer to reveal more information about a mystery project at a prime intersection.Developer Hubbard Street Group is pursuing a two-story commercial development with a second-floor grocery store at the Fifth Third Bank building at North Western and West...

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North Lawndale Opens Vaccination Site To All Adult Residents: ‘It Takes The Guesswork Out Of Who Gets A Shot’

North Lawndale Opens Vaccination Site To All Adult Residents: ‘It Takes The Guesswork Out Of Who Gets A Shot’

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.North Lawndale is considered one of the communities most vulnerable to COVID-19, but any area resident can now get vaccinated at a local clinic.NORTH LAWNDALE — The city launched a coronavirus vaccination site Monday in North Lawndale as part of an effort to make vaccines more available to Black and Latino Chicagoans. Any North Lawndale resident who is an adult can get vaccinated at the Lawndale Christian Health Center clinic inside Homan Square Community Center, 3517 W. Arthington St. The clinic will vaccinate up to 200 people each weekday...

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Aldermen Call For Chicago Postmaster To Resign Immediately After Watchdog Found Huge Issues With Mail

Aldermen Call For Chicago Postmaster To Resign Immediately After Watchdog Found Huge Issues With Mail

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Complaints of delayed mail have dogged the Post Office for months, with issues reported in every part of the city — but four South Side post offices have faced thousands of complaints.CHICAGO — A majority of City Council members are demanding the resignation of Chicago’s postmaster following a scathing report from by the U.S. Postal Service’s watchdog about severe delivery problems at four South Side post offices.The Feb. 1 report detailed a months-long probe into delivery delays, missing mail and customer service issues at the Auburn Park,...

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Logan Square Dad Opens Indoor Skate Park On NW Side To Teach Kids Skateboarding, Keep Them Active During Pandemic

Logan Square Dad Opens Indoor Skate Park On NW Side To Teach Kids Skateboarding, Keep Them Active During Pandemic

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Enrico Hufana started teaching his son to skateboard at city skate parks when the boy was 2. He said he’s watched his son grow in the process — and he wants other kids to have that experience.LOGAN SQUARE — Kids can learn the basics of skateboarding — including skate park etiquette — at a new indoor skate park in Jefferson Park.Enrico Hufana, a longtime skateboarder and commercial real estate broker, has transformed a vacant storefront at 5394 N. Milwaukee Ave. into a skate park to share his love of skateboarding with Chicago families and to...

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Jahmal Cole, My Block My Hood My City Founder, Hopes To Take Bobby Rush’s Seat In Congress

Jahmal Cole, My Block My Hood My City Founder, Hopes To Take Bobby Rush’s Seat In Congress

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The prominent activist filed to run against Rush, who has held the seat since 1993. It's “time for old folks to step aside and for fresh blood that’s more in touch with the reality of today” to lead the charge, Cole said.CHATHAM — Longtime activist is looking to replace U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in the district he’s represented in Congress for nearly three decades. Cole, the founder of , filed for candidacy with the Federal Election Commission last week, seeking the House seat representing Illinois’ 1st District. He called it a special moment and...

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Lakefront Fully Reopens For First Time During Coronavirus, North Side Aldermen Say

Lakefront Fully Reopens For First Time During Coronavirus, North Side Aldermen Say

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The move comes after aldermen and neighbors began asking why lakefront parks and beaches remained closed through the winter.CHICAGO — Lakefront parks and beaches have reopened for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic swept into Chicago — and just in time for the city to thaw after its deep freeze. Lakefront land east of the running and biking trails opened late last week, according to two North Side aldermen. That means residents can visit those parks and beaches — without being reprimanded — for the first time since Mayor Lori...

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As City Boosts Development Near Public Transit, South Siders Urge Investment In Green Line — Where A Shutdown Crippled A Community

As City Boosts Development Near Public Transit, South Siders Urge Investment In Green Line — Where A Shutdown Crippled A Community

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The Racine Green Line station closed 27 years ago as part of a two-year plan to renovate the aging rail line. A temporary closure became permanent and now the community is working toward revival.Lee Bey remembers his daily treks on the Green Line with the sad nostalgia for a forgotten movie star or an old college haunt.When Bey describes the Racine “L” station, you might as well be standing next to him admiring the columns and intricate patterns gracing the shelter’s edge, unchanged for more than a century, disturbed only by the elements. “It...

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This Is Why Chicago Doesn’t Plow Alleys

This Is Why Chicago Doesn’t Plow Alleys

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Chicago's alleys are jammed with more than 3 feet of snow, but plows are not coming to the rescue.CHICAGO — More than 3 feet of snow has fallen on Chicago in the past three weeks, forcing the city to send every plow, backhoe, salt spreader and dump truck in its fleet to dig out the city’s streets.But that heavy equipment won’t be going through your snow-packed alley when the streets are cleared.John Tully, commissioner of the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, said the city does not plow alleys because it will damage garages.“If we...

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Lan’s Old Town Shut Down — Again — After Hosting Second Maskless Party In 2 Months

Lan’s Old Town Shut Down — Again — After Hosting Second Maskless Party In 2 Months

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Lan's Old Town hosted 27 people who weren't wearing masks for a party Valentine's Day weekend, city inspectors found.OLD TOWN — Lan’s Old Town, the Chinese takeout spot and private party venue , has been shut down indefinitely after hosting another party where attendees were not wearing face masks.Lan’s, 1507 N. Sedgwick Ave., was cited for hosting 27 people on Saturday in close proximity without social distancing or face coverings, according to the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Employees weren’t wearing face...

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Toby Is Home: Lost Dog Who Sparked A Massive, Days-Long Search Reunited With Family

Toby Is Home: Lost Dog Who Sparked A Massive, Days-Long Search Reunited With Family

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.A Chicago police officer with the Shakespeare (14th) District caught the wayward pup, the district said on Twitter. "I’m just elated that he is home and that he brought all these strangers together."AVONDALE — An Albany Park family was reunited with their lost dog Wednesday after a across several neighborhoods. Toby, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, went missing Saturday morning after managing to Toby’s family scoured the Northwest Side looking for him. Their frantic posts on social media sparked a “Find Toby” movement online. People from all...

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Chicago Lists 40 Statues That Could Be Problematic For Public Review — Including 5 Of Abe Lincoln

Chicago Lists 40 Statues That Could Be Problematic For Public Review — Including 5 Of Abe Lincoln

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The city did not say what will happen to the artwork it has flagged, though it's asking for residents to provide feedback.CHICAGO — The city has unveiled the dozens of monuments it has flagged as potentially problematic — and it’s asking for residents’ feedback on what to do with them.The city launched its on Wednesday. It lists including famous pieces like the Illinois Centennial Monument at the heart of Logan Square and statues of Christopher Columbus and Abraham Lincoln.The city did not say what will happen to the artwork it has flagged...

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20 Years After Their First Date At Club Lucky, Chicago Couple Leaves Staff $2,000 Tip

20 Years After Their First Date At Club Lucky, Chicago Couple Leaves Staff $2,000 Tip

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The massive tip, split evenly among staffers, "put a positive feeling in the air at the restaurant" which has been struggling through the pandemic, the owner said.BUCKTOWN — Ever since their first date at Club Lucky 20 years ago, one local couple has returned to the Bucktown restaurant every Feb. 12.Now married, the couple dines at the same time each year — 7:30 p.m. — and sits in the same booth, No. 46. Club Lucky honors them by holding a standing reservation for them each year.This year, the couple said “thank you” in a big way, shocking the...

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Indoor Dining Expanded To 40 Percent Capacity In Chicago After COVID-19 Numbers Drop

Indoor Dining Expanded To 40 Percent Capacity In Chicago After COVID-19 Numbers Drop

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Under the eased coronavirus restrictions, bars, restaurants and event venues can now allow 40 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer.CHICAGO — City officials Tuesday said bars, restaurants and event venues can expand capacity to 40 percent effective immediately thanks to three straight days of new daily COVID-19 cases dropping under 400.Large bars, restaurant and indoor events can’t exceed 50 people even if that is less than 40 percent of the building’s capacity. The city had previously imposed a 25 percent capacity limit, but eased...

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Black, Latino Caucuses Look To Maximize Power In City Council Remap Amid Population Shifts

Black, Latino Caucuses Look To Maximize Power In City Council Remap Amid Population Shifts

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Chicago is losing population, driven primarily by a sharp drop in Black residents. With a ward remap on the horizon, the Aldermanic Black Caucus and Latino Caucus aim to keep communities in their wards together.CHICAGO — As Chicago gears up to redraw boundaries of its 50 wards, leaders of Chicago’s Aldermanic Black Caucus and City Council Latino Caucus have a goal to keep communities in their wards together and to retain or expand the number of council seats they currently hold.The aldermen put a high priority on maintaining their power to...

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Historic Edgewater Hospital Reopens As Luxury Apartments After Decades As A Neighborhood Eyesore

Historic Edgewater Hospital Reopens As Luxury Apartments After Decades As A Neighborhood Eyesore

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The former hospital building, erected in 1928, has reopened as a 155-unit apartment building. Before this transformation, it sat vacant for 16 years.ANDERSONVILLE — The Edgewater Hospital campus is nearing its 100th birthday and has finally gotten a new lease on life — as an apartment building.The 5700 N. Ashland Ave. campus has reopened as Anderson Point, a 155-unit complex that makes use of two of the oldest buildings from the Edgewater Hospital days. The apartment complex’s debut marks the latest chapter in Edgewater Hospital’s glitzy and...

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More Snow, 30-Below-Zero Cold Could Hit Chicago This Weekend

More Snow, 30-Below-Zero Cold Could Hit Chicago This Weekend

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The city's deep cold spell is expected to continue over the weekend and into next week, with Saturday night and Sunday predicted to see the worst of the cold.CHICAGO — It could feel as chilly as 30 degrees below zero this weekend — and more snow is possible.The city’s deep cold spell is expected to continue over the weekend and into next week, with Saturday night and Sunday predicted to see the worst of the cold.Thursday is only expected to get as warm as 19 degrees, though it could feel as cold as 6 below zero, according to the National...

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People With Underlying Conditions Can Get Vaccinated Starting Feb. 25 As Illinois Expands Eligibility

People With Underlying Conditions Can Get Vaccinated Starting Feb. 25 As Illinois Expands Eligibility

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The change won't apply to Chicago's vaccination campaign, since that is separate from the state's. But people who work outside the city are eligible for the state's vaccination program.CHICAGO — The state is expanding who is eligible for coronavirus vaccinations to include people with underlying conditions and disabilities starting Feb. 25.The change won’t apply to Chicago’s vaccination campaign, since that is separate from the state’s. But people who work in Illinois outside the city are eligible for the state’s vaccination program.The state...

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Two Carjackings, Blocks Apart, Reported Monday Afternoon In Noble Square And East Ukrainian Village

Two Carjackings, Blocks Apart, Reported Monday Afternoon In Noble Square And East Ukrainian Village

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The two attacks on the same street occurred within two hours of each other, and one victim was shot at, according to police and witnesses.NOBLE SQUARE — Two people were carjacked along the same street in the Noble Square and East Ukrainian Village neighborhoods Monday afternoon, with one woman being shot at, according to police and witnesses.One incident occurred around 3:35 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, police said. The 30-year-old woman was walking away from her SUV when five people approached, displayed a gun and...

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Plan To Relocate Dunkin’ Donuts To ‘Treacherous Corner’ Is Met With Pushback From McKinley Park Alderman, Residents

Plan To Relocate Dunkin’ Donuts To ‘Treacherous Corner’ Is Met With Pushback From McKinley Park Alderman, Residents

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Ald. George Cardenas said the Zoning Board of Appeals “erroneously” listed the project in the wrong ward and approved a special-use permit. Now, he's vowing to block it until he gets more feedback.MCKINLEY PARK — A plan to relocate a Dunkin’ Donuts to a congested corner of McKinley Park received pushback from the alderman and neighbors, who said a drive-thru would make the area more dangerous. Under the plan, developer Raina Archer would move the Dunkin’ Donuts inside the 35th/Archer Orange Line station to a lot near the corner of South Archer...

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Illinois Has Now Vaccinated 10% Of Its Population Against Coronavirus

Illinois Has Now Vaccinated 10% Of Its Population Against Coronavirus

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.Another 32 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus during the past day. The most recent victims included 14 people from Cook County.CHICAGO — Illinois has now vaccinated 10 percent of its population against coronavirus, the state announced Friday.COVID-19 is still sickening and killing people, but there are signs of hope: Vaccinations throughout Chicago and Illinois have sped up in recent weeks, and new cases, deaths and positivity rates are down.Another 32 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus during the past day. The most...

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Developer To Replace Uptown Strip Mall With Luxury Apartment Building

Developer To Replace Uptown Strip Mall With Luxury Apartment Building

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The latest luxury apartment development in Uptown will replace a laundromat, pawn shop and health center on Sheridan Road.UPTOWN — A Sheridan Road strip mall in Uptown is set to be replaced by an upscale apartment complex. Mavrek Development plans to buy the commercial strip at 4501 N. Sheridan Road and build a 59-unit apartment building with 36 parking spaces and ground-floor retail, Marvek principal Adam Friedberg said.The development firm is working now to close on the sale of the strip mall and hopes to start construction this summer,...

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Lakefront Could Reopen Soon — But Chicago Is Not ‘Past COVID’ And Still Needs Safety Restrictions, City’s Top Doc Says

Lakefront Could Reopen Soon — But Chicago Is Not ‘Past COVID’ And Still Needs Safety Restrictions, City’s Top Doc Says

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.The Lakefront Trail was allowed to reopen in June, but beaches and parks east of it are closed. Many Chicagoans have questioned why indoor dining can return or schools can reopen but people can't spend time outside along the lake.CHICAGO — Coronavirus safety restrictions will continue to be relaxed as Chicago regains control over its outbreak — and access to the lakefront could be coming soon, Chicago’s top health official said Monday.The state has allowed Chicago to bring back indoor dining — with safety and capacity restrictions — and Mayor...

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Chicago Cracking Down On Suburbanites Taking Vaccine Appointments In The City

Chicago Cracking Down On Suburbanites Taking Vaccine Appointments In The City

You need to enable JavaScript to view this site.More than 323,000 people have been vaccinated in Chicago, with about 63 percent of doses going to residents and 37 percent going to non-residents.CHICAGO — The city is trying to get as many coronavirus vaccine doses to Chicagoans as possible — and that includes cracking down on suburbanites who are taking badly-needed appointments in the city.The city is vaccinating more than 6,000 people per day on average, but demand continues to far outpace supply, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said at a Monday meeting...

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