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Save A Lot Will Take Over Closed Englewood Whole Foods, Outraging Neighbors

Save A Lot signs are up on the closed store. Yellow Banana, which operates 38 stores under the Save A Lot name, previously told Block Club the company signed a lease for the space but would not confirm the grocer at the time.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Deadly Fire In Kenwood High-Rise Was Caused By Someone Smoking In A Bedroom, Fire Officials Say

A smoke detector was not working in the 15th-floor apartment where the fire started Wednesday at the Harper Square Cooperative, officials said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

The Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert To Headline Chicago’s 1st NASCAR Street Race In July

General admission tickets for the two-day event go on sale Feb. 2.

Downtown

5 Candidates Vying To Unseat Lightfoot-Appointed Ald. Timmy Knudsen In 43rd Ward Race

Steve Botsford, Brian Comer, Rebecca Janowitz, Steven McClellan and Wendi Taylor Nations are in the mix to deny Knudsen his first full term in City Council.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lincoln Park Aldermanic Hopefuls Pledge More Neighbor Involvement, Better Public Transit If Elected

The six hopefuls for the 43rd Ward race shared similar priorities at a community forum, but they are split on a City Council-backed dispensary slated to replace the former Salt n’ Pepper Diner.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

4th Ward Candidates Talk Cops, Public Safety At First Aldermanic Forum

The challengers will meet again in the South Loop for another forum in February.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Logan Square Groups Unite To Fund Snow Removal Near Monument, Blue Line For 8th Year

Locals are again paying for crews to remove snow from the area surrounding the Logan Square Monument so neighbors can more easily traverse the heart of the neighborhood during major snowfalls.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

46th Ward Candidates To Face Off In Uptown Forum Tuesday

Six candidates are vying to replace retiring Ald. James Cappleman (46th).

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, Who Fought The Casino, Wants Lightfoot Out As He Eyes 5th Term

The 42nd Ward alderman, first elected in 2007, has never faced an opponent in four reelection bids. In his next term, he wants to kill the deal to bring NASCAR races Downtown streets.

Downtown

Ukrainian National Museum Hosting Blood Drive As ‘Thank You’ To Community For Support During War

The event is Feb. 1 in Ukrainian Village. Appointments are encouraged.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Shedd Aquarium’s Otters Are Very Into This Week’s Snow

A new video shows two otters, Cooper and Watson, playing in the snow.

Downtown

From Ukraine To UIC: Alex Hodovanets Is Living His Dream In Chicago Nearly A Year After War Began

The 18-year-old was stranded in the United States last year after Russia invaded Ukraine. Now, he's pursuing a college degree in Chicago and raising money to cover tuition and expenses.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Side Forum Will Feature 29th Ward, Police District Candidates

The candidates will be asked questions by a panel of Gen Z community members, an organizer said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

All-Affordable Apartment Building At Edgewater Streets & San Depot Unveiled With Alderman ‘Deeply Invested’

The proposal calls for redeveloping a Streets and Sanitation depot on Broadway into an 11-story apartment building with all-affordable units.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Pilsen Residents Can Meet With Cook County Assessor To Discuss Recent Property Tax Increase

The community meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Benito Juarez High School.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Indoor Batting Spot, The Cage Chicago, Aims To Boost Youth Sports Community On Northwest Side

Jesus Quintana and his co-owner opened The Cage Chicago in late December. He said supporting young female athletes and giving kids a space to practice motivated him to start the business.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Refill Your Shampoo Bottles And Bulk Food Jars At New Zero-Waste Shop In Humboldt Park

The Refilleri has taken over the former Space Oddities spot on California Avenue.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

57th Street, DuSable Lake Shore Drive Intersection Will Fully Reopen Soon

All lanes at the intersection will reopen the week of Feb. 6, officials said. Other ongoing road closures and narrowings in Jackson Park will remain as road work continues for the Obama Presidential Center.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘Doomsday Clock’ Sets New, Foreboding Record As It’s Moved Only 90 Seconds To Midnight

Russia's war in Ukraine is the main reason the infamous "Doomsday Clock" hosted at the University of Chicago has moved closer than ever to midnight.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Controversial West Side Cop Academy Opens After Years Of Pushback From Activists

The campus will be used to train first responders from the Police and Fire departments. It features a "tactical village" that resembles a neighborhood.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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