Patrons buy drinks Saturday from Old Crow Smokehouse's curbside bar on Clark Street in Wrigleyville. It was the first weekend of Illinois' Phase 4 of reopening amid the Coronavirus pandemic.Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

Bars Can Now Apply To Open Sidewalk Cafes For Customers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Previously, only restaurants were allowed to apply for and open a sidewalk cafe. The city hopes the change can help alcohol-only bars and taverns stay afloat.

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Art West Freedom Fest Begins Sunday, Showcasing West Side Talent

The festival will feature artists, performers and entrepreneurs to showcase creative opportunities on the West Side.

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As Chicago Makes Headway On School Council Transparency, Some Say It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

CPS pledged to centrally track basic meeting information on cops in schools votes, but they aren't collecting meeting times or links to virtual meetings that are essential to public participation.