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Gov. Pritzker Says He Will Sign Bill To Establish Elected School Board In Chicago

The bill would phase in a fully elected Chicago school board by 2027, taking that authority out of the mayor's hands for the first time in city history.

Citywide

Humboldt Park Beach Is (Almost) Back! Chicago’s Only Inland Beach Opens June 25

The beach will open the same day as the city's outdoor pools.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

State Adopts ‘Alderperson’ To Describe Chicago City Council Members — But Some Alderpeople Aren’t Thrilled

While state statutes will now use the gender-neutral term "alderperson," several City Council members plan to continue going by alderman, alderwoman or just plain "alder."

Citywide

Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares

The mayor's declaration follows a report that showed Black Chicagoans suffer massive health disparities rooted in historic inequities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Midnight Curfew For Alcohol Sales Gets Key City Approval, Setting Stage For City Council Vote

The controversial rule is part of a larger relief package to support local businesses after the pandemic and streamline the permitting process.

Citywide

Stop Sign Coming To Dangerous West Town Intersection After Fourth Graders Protest: ‘We Never Feel Safe Crossing The Street’

A group of fourth graders have been fighting for a stop sign for months. Their cause intensified after Lincoln Park High School teacher Alan Nunez was killed at the intersection.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Police’s LGBTQ Liaison Team Expands From 1 To 6 Officers As Police Try To Build Trust With Queer Communities

The LGBTQ liaisons are tasked with improving relationships with the queer community by responding to hate crimes and engaging people in training and policy changes.

Citywide

Illinois Vaccine Lottery With $1 Million Prize, Scholarships For Youths Launches

Three $1 million jackpots will be awarded and 40 $100,000 prizes will be awarded.

Citywide

Ukrainian National Museum Opens Theater For Film Screening, Q&A With Ukrainian-American Journalist

The museum will be showing "The Long Breakup," where Katya Soldak documents the plight of Ukraine through the eyes of family and friends in Kharkiv.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wrigleyville Will Get A New ‘Movement,’ A Gym With A Climbing Wall, In September

The three-story, 43,000-square-foot facility also will have yoga and fitness studios.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

A Hit-And-Run In Avondale Left A Man With Steep Hospital Bills. Now, His Neighbors Are Stepping Up To Help

Oscar Olivares, 27, was leaving Sleeping Village when a driver hit him. His friends are raising money to pay for his medical care.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Lakeview Businesses Launch Online Marketplace To Get Chicagoans To Shop Local On Amazon Prime Day

The marketplace has hundreds of items from local stores and restaurants within the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce's boundaries.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Lakeview Fitness Organizations Offering Free Outdoor Workout Classes This Summer

The free summer workout series is hosted by local personal fitness businesses like Five Keys Yoga, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness and more.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Bulldozer Hits Girl, 16, In Little Village

The 16-year-old had "abrasions" to her legs, arms and head, police said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Mass Shooting Rocks Englewood, Neighbors Focus On Mental Health And Healing: ‘You’re Not Alone. We Care About You’

Violence interrupters are taking over corners in Englewood to provide support to residents as they grieve and heal after a mass shooting left four people dead and four wounded.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Rogers Park’s New Life Housing Shelter, Operating For 30 Years Out Of Old Auto Shop, Seeks Help Funding Renovation: ‘We’re In Desperate Need’

New Life Interim Housing Shelter is hoping to break ground soon on a massive renovation of its homeless shelter, but it needs an additional $300,000.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Taft High School Again Votes To Keep Police On Campus, But Will Hire Social Worker, Security Guard

The Wednesday 8–3 vote marks the second time Taft's school council voted to keep its officers. A majority of teachers want them removed to free up money, a survey found.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Irving Park’s Artist-Run Color Club Aims To Become Venue For Theater, Weddings And More

“This property has been a place of celebration, community gatherings and cultural expression since its inception,” one of its new owners said. “We’re really excited to carry on that theme.”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Ørkenoy Hosting ‘Midsummer Block Party’ At Kimball Arts Center To Celebrate Local Artist Community

"This is very in line with our ethos of celebrating and supporting artists," one of the brewery's co-owners said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Another Love Fridge, ‘A Piece Of The Puzzle’ To Address Food Insecurity, Now Open Around The Clock In Hyde Park

Augustana Lutheran Church is hosting the fridge and pantry at 55th and Woodlawn. Residents can donate "anything you shop for yourself at a grocery store."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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