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This Week In Photos: After The Buses, Casino Community Meeting And More

PHOTOS: Take a peek at life in the city through the eyes — and lenses — of the Block Club Chicago staff.

Co-owner Yousef Barakat poses among Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Home Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to close in Portage Park.
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CHICAGO — The staff at Block Club has been covering every corner of the city this week, from the openings and closings of local businesses, to the latest twists in the upcoming City Council elections to our extensive series on the migrants sent to Chicago after arriving in Texas from Venezuela.

Photos from this week:

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Yorvi Sánchez warms his hands as he posed for a portrait in West Ridge on Nov. 1, 2022.
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Nolram Cardozo, who migrated from Venezuela, shows the paint that remains on his hands from his job as a fence painter in Humboldt Park on Oct. 24, 2022.
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Jesus David Lucena Castillo takes photos of The Kid from Pilsen on Nov. 7, 2022.

Read more: After The Buses: Meet The Migrants At The Center Of Texas’ Manufactured Crisis

Julian Modugno, an events planner at Howard Brown Health at risk of being laid off, encouraged people to donate to the workers’ strike fund as dozens of people protest potential layoffs.

Read more: Howard Brown Health Workers, Protesters Blast Planned Layoffs: ‘I’m Fighting For My Job Because I Love This Work’

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Owner Imani Muhammad is interviewed at Imani’s Original Bean Pies and Fine Foods, Inc., in South Shore on Oct. 25, 2022.
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Cook Ibrahim Muhammad prepares navy beans at Imani’s Original Bean Pies and Fine Foods, Inc., in South Shore on Oct. 25, 2022.

Read more: Imani’s Original Bean Pies Brings A Nearly 20-Year Family Business To The South Side

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Co-owner Yousef Barakat poses among Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Home Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to close in Portage Park.
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Turkish lamps for sale on Dec. 7, 2022 as Home Line Decoration, Al-Bazzar, prepares to close in Portage Park.

Read more: Portage Park Turkish Goods Store Home Line Decoration Permanently Closing After A Year Of Low Sales

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Jabari the African lion paces at the Lincoln Park Zoo on Dec. 8, 2022.
Under-construction apartment buildings bookend a historical theater being redeveloped into the new home of Double Door on Wilson Avenue in Uptown.

Read more: A Wave Of Construction Is Changing Uptown’s Wilson Avenue. Here Are The 4 Projects Adding 650 Apartments

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Christmas decorations have been put back up outside the Irish Nobleman in West Town after city inspectors ordered them off the sidewalk last year

Read more: Irish Nobleman Owner Wonders If Santa’s Eviction From Bar’s Holiday Display Was La Spata’s Political Payback

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The “Santa Wonderland” installation at Luft Balloons in Wicker Park

Read more: Luft Balloons, Known For Colorful And Elaborate Balloon Installations, Opens Wicker Park Store

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Tudor cottage homes in Norwood Park as seen on Dec. 7, 2022.
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Brian Israel of Residents of River North Association speaks out against the casino and its updated proposal on Dec. 5, 2022.
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Residents review visuals of the updated proposal for a Bally’s casino in River West on Dec. 5, 2022.

Read more: Bally’s Casino Plan Cuts Unpopular Outdoor Music Venue, Adds Riverfront Park Instead

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Lilla Barn opened at 5535 N. Clark St. in Andersonville.

Read more: Lilla Barn Clothing Opens In Andersonville Where Colorful Pieces Are Handmade On-Site

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The bur oak tree at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is between 250 and 300 years old, is seen on Dec. 8, 2022.

Read more: Dying Oak Tree That’s Older Than The City Of Chicago To Be Removed From Lincoln Park Zoo

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