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Illinois Could Fully Reopen, Return To ‘Normal’ By June 11, Pritzker Says

Illinois could soon move into Phase 5, a return to relatively normal life during the coronavirus pandemic.

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41 minutes ago

85% Of Older Illinoisans Have Now Gotten At Least 1 Shot Of COVID Vaccine

People 65 and older are at a greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, underscoring the necessity of vaccinating them.

Citywide
1 hour ago

24-Hour Boil Order Issued For Beverly And Morgan Park After Pumping Station Breaks Down

A power problem at the Roseland Pumping Station left thousands of people without water early in the morning, officials said.

Roseland, Pullman
2 hours ago

West Town, Dunning Auto Shops Offer Free Oil Change For Vaccinated Customers

Through May 17, vaccinated customers can receive some services for free at United Tires' West Town and Dunning locations.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
8:45 AM CDT

The Unwaste Shop Brings Bulk Shampoo, Zero-Waste Products To West Town

A pair of Broadway musicians moved to Ukrainian Village during the pandemic. They want to share their zero-waste lifestyle with neighbors.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
8:30 AM CDT

Need A COVID-19 Vaccine? West Town Bakery, Roots Handmade Pizza Giving 1,000 Free Shots This Month

The restaurant is teaming up with Humboldt Park Health, Casa Central and Chicago Vaccine Angels to provide the vaccines May 18.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
8:23 AM CDT

Paseo Prairie Garden Mother’s Day Plant Sale Canceled Again — And Organizers Need Volunteers To Keep The Garden Blooming

With no fundraising opportunities and a year of neglect, the Paseo Prairie Garden is in "the worst shape it's ever been," organizers say.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
8:00 AM CDT

Empty Bottle Returns With Live Performances — And Discounted Tickets For Fans In Need

Half-price "Community Access" tickets are "intended for diehard fans with restricted disposable income."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
7:50 AM CDT

This West Humboldt Park Man Is Transforming His Block With A Network Of Gardens To Combat Food Insecurity, Crime

"We have tons of land here that's being wasted," neighbor Andrew Christen said. "Might as well try to do something with it."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
7:44 AM CDT

‘It’s All Good’ Episode 3: The Barber And The Voice

Host Jon Hansen introduces us to David McDonald, a barber giving free haircuts in Englewood.

Citywide
7:40 AM CDT

A Rogers Park Plaque Marks How US Grabbed Indigenous People’s Land That Became Chicago. Neighbors Are Deciding What To Do With It

The Indian Boundary Lines plaque is one of 40 controversial monuments being reconsidered in a city program.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
7:33 AM CDT

City Lit Bookstore To Reopen In June Under New Ownership: ‘I Am So Eager To Welcome The Community Back’

Logan Square resident and longtime librarian Stephanie Kitchen is taking over the independent book store, which closed over the winter due to the pandemic.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Head Of Chicago’s Police Oversight Agency Resigns Amid Its Investigations Into Toledo, Alvarez Shootings

The move leaves the police watchdog agency without a leader as it is investigating major cases, including the fatal shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez.

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Don Chema, Logan Square Mexican Restaurant, Closes After Nearly 20 Years: ‘The Neighborhood Is Not The Same’

The owners' other restaurants — Chema's at 3434 W. North Ave. and La Catrina at 3924 W. Diversey Ave. — remain open. And one of the owners is opening a new restaurant on Fullerton Avenue.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Festivals Are Returning This Summer. Here’s A Peek At What’s Back

Mayor Lightfoot announced officials have begun reviewing applications for outdoor festivals, street and arts and craft fairs and athletic events.

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Chicago Summer Is Back: Concerts, Festivals And More Are Planned After A Year Of COVID Cancellations

The newest changes: bringing back cultural events like Taste of Chicago To-Go, the Maxwell Street Market and concerts at Pritzker Pavilion, among others.

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State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s Top Assistant Resigns As Results Of Adam Toledo Investigation Are Released

The office's internal investigation found a lack of oversight is the blame for a top prosecutor mischaracterizing what bodycam footage showed in court. That prosecutor is back on the job.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

30 More Illinoisans Die From COVID As Vaccinations Continue To Slow

The most recent victims included 12 people from Cook County, including three women in their 50s.

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Anjanette Young Calls On Aldermen To Support Search Warrant Changes In Her Name: ‘Do The Right Thing’

Young, who was left naked and handcuffed for 40 minutes as police conducted a wrongful raid on her home, is pushing for reform. But her supporters face an uphill battle without Mayor Lightfoot's support.

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Dolla The Dog, Spotted Running On Lake Shore Drive And Missing For Days, Reunited With Alabama Owner

Thanks to a network of dog spotters and South Side construction workers, Dolla's home safe. "I have a whole different outlook on people in the world, period, and especially Chicago."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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