Sweet Beginnings, LLC was one of seven West Side small businesses that received grants from West Side United.Sarah Conway/City Bureau

This Group Wants To Help West Side Residents Live Longer By Investing Thousands In Their Small Businesses

West Side United has raised $10.5 million to fund projects, including business loans, to dramatically shorten the 16-year gap in life expectancy between residents in Garfield Park and the Loop.

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No, You Cannot Ride An E-Scooter On The 606 (But People Are Doing It Anyway)

Scooters are filling the Bloomingdale Trail — and runners, walkers and cyclists are annoyed.

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The Really Serious Guy In This Guy Fieri Meme Is Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins — A Fan Of Flavortown

Guy Fieri went table to table "riffing" with customers, but he skipped the alderman's booth. "I must have looked too mad for him," Hopkins said.

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Uptown Kids Need A New Gym, And Aldermen Say They’ll Fight Mansion Owners ‘Tooth And Nail’ To Make It Happen

McCutcheon Elementary students were thrilled when they got funding for a new gym annex — but a neighboring homeowners association is suing, saying the gym would disrupt their community of historic mansions.