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‘Walking Man’ Doing Better, Now In Fair Condition

The condition of local legend Joseph "Walking Man" Kromelis has been steadily improving after someone lit him on fire in May.

Downtown
1:11 PM CDT

Chosen Few Picnic Celebrates 30th Anniversary With 14 Hours Of House Music In Jackson Park Saturday

The "Woodstock of house music" returns after two years online due to the pandemic, with parties held across Chicago all weekend. General admission to the picnic is $60.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
12:06 PM CDT

Chicago Police Officer Shot, Seriously Wounded On Near West Side: ‘They Were Ambushed’

The officer was responding to a call about domestic violence when a man shot him, police said. He was hit multiple times and was in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
10:49 AM CDT

Teen’s Quinceañera Dreams Come True Thanks To Logan Square Neighbors 

Dennise Melecio didn't think she'd be able to afford a quinceañera for her daughter's birthday. Neighbors came to the rescue, donating a dress, a DJ, a photoshoot and so much more to make it happen.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
8:57 AM CDT

Downtown Block Sees 2nd Mass Shooting Since May, With 2 Killed, 3 Wounded Friday

Four people were shot and wounded in the same area in May. “Two times in the last two months is really alarming, and I hope it doesn’t become the new normal,” a resident said.

Downtown
7:58 AM CDT

Tax Relief On Groceries, Gas Kicks In Friday In Illinois

The state's relief measures — including tax holidays and rebates — come as many Illinoisans struggle with soaring expenses for gas, food and other essentials.

Citywide
7:55 AM CDT

Veggie Bingo Returns To The Hideout To Raise Money For Community Gardens

You can support local gardens by playing bingo at The Hideout Wednesdays through Aug. 31. The winner takes home a bounty of locally-grown veggies and other goodies.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
7:54 AM CDT

COVID Vaccination Sites For Kids, Families Have Slots Open Throughout Summer

Anyone 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. South Side sites are open throughout the summer for families.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park
7:54 AM CDT

Goodbye, Polka-Dots: Crews Break Ground On $16 Million Street Overhaul At Belmont And Lincoln

The streetscaping project will bring permanent curb extensions, new lighting and traffic signals, trees and widened sidewalks to the Lincoln Hub area in Lakeview.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
7:44 AM CDT

Legal Settlement Requires Chicago To Offer Translation Services To Parents Of Students With Disabilities

The settlement mandates Chicago Public Schools provide language translation services for non-English speaking parents at all IEP meetings, which are required by federal law for students with disabilities.

Citywide
7:38 AM CDT

Lakefront Trail Users Horrified As Cars Drive Onto Pedestrian And Bike Path To Avoid Traffic Jam

WATCH: Several people drove on the trail, where vehicles are not permitted. The incident shows a need for more trail protection from drivers, users say.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Catholic And Queer: Affirmed Church Group Creating A Welcoming Space For LGBTQ Chicagoans

The group is building bridges between Catholicism and LGBTQ Chicagoans. "We are accepting here, we're inclusive and we have a space for you if you're interested."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Closed Royal George Theater Could Become 8-Story Apartment Building

The proposal received mixed reaction from neighbors, with some saying the project would bring much-needed foot traffic to the area while others criticized its size.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

July 4 ‘Families For Abortion Access’ March Aims To Elevate Voices Of Those Who Will Be Hurt Most By Roe Ruling

The owner of Kido Chicago organized the family-friendly Bronzeville march to welcome people of color and those who already have kids — groups that will be disproportionally harmed by abortion bans.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Young West Siders Launched A ‘Safe Zone’ To Stop Area Violence. Hours Later, One Says He Was Punched By A Cop

Tae Dudley was swarmed by police, punched and cuffed without explanation, he said. He was never charged with a crime. Now, police and the Mayor's Office are investigating the incident.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

How A Puerto Rican, Transmasculine Barber Is Creating An Oasis For Black, Queer And Trans People

“I think that when we make a service that’s made for all of us — if you are servicing queer trans Black folks — then everything else can come afterwards," Jai Rodriguez said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

An Ode To Chicago’s Queer Spaces: Photos Of Pride, Love And LGBTQ+ Joy In Chicago

PHOTOS: Chicago has dozens of special places and events where members of the queer community can find a home, get support — and unapologetically be themselves.

Citywide

Fireworks, Shows, Parades And Parties: Your Guide To Celebrating Fourth Of July In Chicago

There will be plenty of festivities Saturday and Sunday, including unofficial fireworks shows in the neighborhoods.

Citywide

Marianne Lalonde Running Again For 46th Ward Office After Nearly Unseating Cappleman Last Election

Lalonde, an environmental research scientist, challenged Ald. James Cappleman in 2019 and lost by just 25 votes.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Stretch Of Clark Street In Uptown To Get Protected Bike Lanes, Reduced Speed Limits, City Says

Clark Street from Irving Park Road to Montrose Avenue is in line for a major redesign, including concrete protected bike lanes and reduced parking.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
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