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Chicago Symphony Orchestra To Perform Free At Apostolic Church Of God In Woodlawn Friday

The free "community concert" will be held 7 p.m. Friday at the Woodlawn megachurch, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Aldermen Blast CTA Leader For Skipping Hearing On Transit Budget: ‘Where Is Mr. Carter?’

A City Council committee approved sending another $26.1 million in tax dollars to the agency, but promised more hearings to scrutinize transit service, safety and other issues.

Citywide

Facing Backlash For Abruptly Changing How District Reports COVID-19 In Schools, CPS CEO Says: ‘It Wasn’t Ill Intent At All’

District officials said the new way of tracking COVID-19 cases will give a more accurate view of how the pandemic affects schools. But CPS CEO Pedro Martinez acknowledged the unannounced change was confusing.

Citywide

Uptown’s Goudy Elementary, 4 Other CPS Schools Flip To Remote Classes After Hundreds Placed In Quarantine

School will be held virtually this week and return to classes on Monday — if cases continue to fall.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chatham Neighbors Who Say Their Apartments Are Heatless, Crumbling And Bug-Infested Demand Meeting With Owners: ‘It’s Horrible’

Residents at three Chatham apartments said BSD Realty is responsible for the decaying state of their buildings and illegally removing tenants from their units.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Melissa Ortega’s Mother Wants 8-Year-Old’s Killer Brought To Justice: ‘You Took My Reason For Living’

In an interview with Univision's Despierta America, mother Araceli Leaños tells her daughter’s killer she forgives them, but wants them held responsible.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Fest, Do Division Street Festivals Returning This Summer After 2-Year Pandemic Hiatus

Do Division will return the first weekend in June, followed by West Fest in early July.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Can $500 A Month Help Single Moms Graduate From College? A New West Side Program Aims To Find Out

A program created by Austin-based New Moms will give 25 single mothers a stipend, academic support and other resources to boost graduation rates.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Shootings Drop, But Carjackings, Robberies Jump On Far North Side

The local statistics mirror citywide trends in escalating crime during the pandemic. In an effort to halt the trend, local alderpeople are opening new offices, partnering with anti-violence groups and asking the city for more police.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Watch A Professional Ice Sculptor While Enjoying Complimentary Food Truck Treats In Lakeview This Weekend

A professional ice sculpture is putting on two demonstrations in the neighborhood this weekend, asking audience members for suggestions on what to create out of the giant ice block.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Soul City Kitchens To Take Over Washington Park Building, Giving South Side Food Entrepreneurs A Home Base

Soul City Kitchens would convert a century-old Streets and Sanitation facility into an affordable commercial kitchen space. If approved by City Council, it will also support food truck owners and give emerging chefs a place to sell their food.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Couple Behind Acclaimed Pop-Up Thattu At Politan Row Bringing South Indian Flavors To Avondale

After four years of successful pop-ups, Margaret Pak and Vinod Kalathil are going brick-and-mortar. Thattu is opening at 3118 N. Rockwell St. later this year.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

After Fire Destroys Portage Park Family’s Home Of 20 Years, Neighbors Help Them Get Back On Their Feet

The Baca family lost all of their belongings, and two beloved pets, in the fire. Neighbors are donating food, clothes and cash to help them find a new place to live.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Chicago Faces An Imminent Deadline To Sign Up More Students For COVID-19 Testing

The district has 83,000 students signed up for testing, just under one-third of students in district-run schools. CPS is aiming to all 100 percent of students signed up.

Citywide

Mental Health Experts Will Respond To Some Emergency Calls Instead Of Police As Part Of New Far North Side Program

Trilogy's mental health crisis response team is part of a statewide program to divert 911 calls for someone experiencing a crisis from police to trained specialists.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

New Map Shows Pollution Near Your Kid’s School — And Confirms Latino Neighborhoods Are Hit The Hardest

An interactive map published by researchers at UIC allows residents to find out what sources of pollution are near their schools and homes.

Back of the Yards

Old Town Neighbors Say They Want A Grocery Store, Historic Preservation As Prime Intersection Gets An Overhaul

Architect David Adjaye, known for projects like the The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, will be lead designer in the Old Town overhaul.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Police Increase Patrols In Little Village, Offer $15,000 Reward In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega

Police Supt. David Brown said investigators have "very strong leads" in the case. Neighbors are also turning surveillance video over to police, Ald. Michael Rodriguez said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Council Ends Ward Remap Hearings, But Alderpeople Are No Closer To An Agreement

City Council has until mid-May to work out a compromise, otherwise Chicago voters could be asked to choose the next ward map.

Citywide

Retired Police Officer Richard Haljean, Killed In NW Side Hit-And-Run, Remembered For His Big Smile And Decades Of Service

The Jefferson Park native loved being a police officer, which was a dream of his from a young age. Family and friends are raising money for his teenage children to help with their future education.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash
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