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City To Replace Christmas Tree Set On Fire In Washington Park

After Block Club wrote about the burnt tree Sunday, a member of the mayor's staff contacted the Washington Park group to offer help.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Pilsen’s Largest Vacant Lot Bought By City, Which Vows To Add 280 Affordable Housing Units To 6-Acre Plot

The city is acquiring land at 18th and Peoria streets — the "single largest parcel of vacant developable property" in the neighborhood — to turn into affordable housing.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Investing $1 Billion In 24 Affordable Housing Developments

The projects include a developer who wants to adaptively reuse a former Chicago Public School building for re-entry housing and a project that is the city's first development in partnership with and for Indigenous people.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Woman Discovers The Magic Of O’Hare Airport On All-Night Layover: ‘It’s Amazing In There’

Allison Robicelli, who explored O'Hare Airport alone for hours after she missed her connecting flight, hopes her adventure inspires other travelers to appreciate the beauty of the airport and the people who keep it running.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Police Department No Longer In Last Place When It Comes To Complying With City’s Vaccine Mandate

Now, City Council staffers — employees who work with aldermen's offices — are the least compliant with Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. Still, the bulk of employees who haven't reported their status are in the Police Department.

Citywide

Travelers To US Face Tougher COVID-19 Testing Requirement As Officials Try To Limit Omicron Spread

Officials are trying to buy themselves time and limit the potential spread of Omicron to prevent another possible coronavirus surge.

Citywide

GG’s Chicken Shop Among 3 Boka Restaurants Opening In Former Southport Lanes Building

GG's Chicken Shop is a concept by Michelin-starred chef Lee Wolan, which operated as a ghost kitchen out of Boka's flagship restaurant during the pandemic.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

South Siders Thank My Block, My Hood, My City For Lighting Up King Drive: ‘It Brings The People Closer Together’

Despite challenges, the group will return to King Drive with added security on Saturday — and residents are grateful. “It sends a message. It says these people are all connected."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

West Siders Aim To Bring Holiday Cheer To Lawndale With Neighborhood Lights Display — And They Need Your Help

For the second annual Light Up Lawndale event, neighbors are seeking donations and volunteers to help them illuminate Douglas Boulevard.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Temperatures Will Plunge Monday As Chicago Faces Temperatures In The 20s, Snow

The city will heat up later this week, with temperatures rising to the 40s and 50s.

Citywide

Timuel Black’s Public Memorial Celebrates A Life Of Jazz And Justice: ‘God Granted Him 102 Years … Not For Himself, But For Us’

Timuel Black's massive influence on the city and his love of Black music were on display during a celebration of his life Sunday — two days before he would've turned 103.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

A Homebound Resident Couldn’t Get A Flu Shot At Home — So Her Friend Stepped Up To Help

Northa Johnson tried for weeks to get her flu shot at home, but city officials were of little help, she said. Chicago's health department is referring residents to at-home services, but public information is hard to come by.

Citywide

West Town Group Seeking Toys, Volunteers For Holiday Toy Drive And Meal Giveaway

West Town Feeds is dedicating the drive and giveaway to Parveen "Angel" Rajper, a Logan Square community leader who died last month.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Back Of The Yards Christmas Lights Event Tuesday Will Feature Tree Giveaway, Toy Drive And More

Neighbors can drop by to snack on free hot chocolate and sweet bread while enjoying the tree lighting.

Back of the Yards

Middle Brow’s Festive Winter Bar Opens In Logan Square, With A Spotlight On Hot Cocktails

The Middle Brow crew converted their outdoor patio into The Hot Corner, an enclosed bar serving hot cocktails. It comes complete with cozy blankets.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Rental Assistance Applications Open Monday — Here’s How You Can Get The Word Out

Officials are holding a virtual phone bank Saturday to connect neighbors with the latest round of rental assistance.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Moonflower, A Plant-Themed Cocktail Bar, Opens In Portage Park

The owners aim to attract younger customers to the bar, which joins a growing number of businesses coming to the area's corridor.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Chicago Might Have A White Christmas This Year Thanks To La Niña

Chicago has a more than 50 percent chance of snow on Christmas, according to an AccuWeather report.

Citywide

Washington Park Christmas Tree Set On Fire Again After Someone Targets Tree For 3rd Straight Year

Someone set the tree on fire after Saturday night's tree lighting ceremony. "We are trying to build on positivity, and you're trying to break us, but it will not happen," one organizer said of the perpetrator.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

4 Volunteers Robbed At My Block, My Hood, My City Event To Hang Up Christmas Lights Across South Side

The robbery interrupted what was otherwise a positive event to spread hope across the South Side. This event "isn’t going to fix such a deep-rooted issue in one day. This is years of work."

Bronzeville, Near South Side
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