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Chicago Is Rewarding People With $250 Gift Cards, Lolla Passes And More As We Reopen. Here’s How To Get The Deals

The incentives are meant to encourage people to get vaccinated — and to spend more time supporting Chicago businesses.

Citywide

Chicago Officially Reopens — 447 Days After The Coronavirus Pandemic Changed Everything

COVID-19 has killed more than 5,400 Chicagoans. But Friday marks a major milestone as capacity restrictions are lifted for businesses and major events can fully return.

Citywide

Nini’s Deli To Reopen In West Town — A Year After Closing Due To Protests Over Owner’s Homophobic And Racist Preaching

Protesters rallied against Nini's Deli owner Juan Riesco last year. This week he wrote, "We have decided to double down on our Christian worldview and reopen our family business for the glory of God alone!!"

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Community Group Throwing Summer Jam For Kids In Stony Island Park Friday With Free Food, Games, Music

United Legion, One Nation (ULON) is holding the 3-7 p.m. event at its Stony Island Park headquarters.

South Chicago, East Side

Chicago Can Choose An Energy Provider For The First Time In 30 Years — And It Might Not Be ComEd

The city could pick a new energy provider now that its 1992 deal with ComEd is set to expire.

Citywide

After A Teenager Was Shot Near Oz Park, Neighbors Call For More Security Cameras, Foot Patrols

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the shooting, but neighbors say they need more security cameras and cooperation with police to make the Oz Park area safer.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Theater Centering Palestinian Stories Looks To Open In Avondale: ‘Now More Than Ever, We Need To Amplify These Voices’

The duo behind Uprising Theater is collecting grants and donations to renovate a family-owned building into a home base for their productions.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Edgebrook Wine Walk Returns Saturday After Pandemic Hiatus

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Attendees have a chance to win Cubs suite tickets if they visit every stop on the walk.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Jefferson Park Farmers Market Returns Sunday At New Location

The bimonthly market is 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Here’s How To Weigh In On Plans For Bronzeville’s 47th Street Corridor

Three projects are proposed for the 449-51 E. 47th St. Neighbors can watch pitch videos and fill out a scorecard to give their input.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Hyde Park Farmers Market Returns Sunday In New Location, Open Weekly Through September

The market — now located behind Hyde Park Bank — also will bring in local creators for live performances and art installations this season.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Hugely Popular Fiesta Del Sol Returning To Pilsen As In-Person Event Next Month

Alivio Medical Center will provide vaccines to attendees 12 and older at the festival, which will be July 29-Aug. 1.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Police Will Use Correct Names, Genders For Trans, Nonconforming People Under New Policy

The Police Department wants residents to comment on changes to its policy. Public comment is open through June 25.

Citywide

Lincoln Square Neighbors Throwing Prom For Amundsen High Schoolers To Give Them ‘A Little Bit Of Normalcy’

Amundsen's community raised more than $5,920 to host the outdoor prom at the school's campus in Winnemac Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Jefferson Park’s Brigadoon Reopens Friday — But More Repairs Needed After Fire Tore Through Neighborhood Bar

Employees wanted to reopen with a fully renovated space, but the financial strain was too severe to keep the bar closed any longer. A virtual fundraiser is underway.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Renovations For 3 Albany Park Schools Set To Wrap Up By End Of Summer

Upgrades at Albany Park Multicultural Academy, William G. Hibbard Elementary and Edison Regional Gifted Center have been ongoing for almost two years.

Albany Park

Woman Accused Of Destroying Jefferson Park Family’s Garden Because They Criticized Ald. Jim Gardiner Arrested

Five days after she allegedly mowed down a family's garden and crashed into a parked car before fleeing, police arrested a woman Thursday.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Illinois, Chicago Reopening Friday As COVID Cases, Deaths Have Plunged: ‘You Did It’

“I invite all Illinoisans to feel the hope and joy of this moment while also recognizing that this pandemic is still very present for the world at large ...," Gov. JB Pritzker said.

Citywide

Elastic Arts Reopening For In-Person Shows After 15-Month Pause: ‘It Feels Like A Great New Beginning’

Logan Square performance space Elastic Arts is coming out of hibernation as the city reopens. The Vincent Davis Quartet is slated to perform Friday.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Prairie Shores To Get Multimillion-Dollar Clubhouse With Cafe, Game Room And More

The facility will house a number of amenities to keep residents engaged, healthy and connected with one another.

Bronzeville, Near South Side
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