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Chicago’s Getting A Mix Of Sunshine And Snowy, Rainy Days This Week

Try to get outside on Thursday, when the city will warm up to 54 degrees and see sunny skies.

Citywide

Rashid Ahmed’s Family Fled Persecution In Myanmar. Now, He Is Chicago’s First Rohingya Refugee To Graduate College

Ahmed, 22, has a knack for computers and hopes to continue studying cybersecurity. “I want to make my parents proud," he said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Bulls Barber Razor Red Lines Up Hundreds Of NBA Players At Little Italy Shop: ‘When You Look Good, You Play Good’

Terrance Wills grew up in Rockwell Gardens, just a five-minute bike ride from where the Bulls play. His clientele has grown to include the city’s biggest stars, from Zach LaVine to Scottie Pippen and Dwyane Wade.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

As Portage Park Turkish Goods Store Struggles To Stay Afloat, Owners Hope For Holiday Season Boost

Home Line Decoration, also called Al-Bazzar at 4358 N. Cicero Ave., is having a close-out sale to empty its inventory before considering next steps for the business.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

The Chicago Tool Library Planning A Move After Growing So Fast It’s Run Out Of Space For Donations

The tool library, which allows members to borrow tools or devices, has more than 1,500 members and is growing. Its organizers are looking for a bigger space to hold "twice as many tools."

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

WVON’s ‘The Invisible Ones’ Remembers Chicago’s Missing Black Women In Five-Part Series

"I want people to know that these women mattered," said host Candace McCollum. "They were someone's mother, someone's aunt, someone's sister. We can't forget that."

Citywide

A Patient In A Psychiatric Ward Was Seen On Video Possibly Being Sexually Assaulted. No One Reported It.

Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago kept quiet about a possible sexual assault of one patient by another in its psychiatric unit. Only after ProPublica asked questions did Illinois’ public health officials alert law enforcement.

Roseland, Pullman

Virgil Abloh, Trailblazing Off-White Founder Who Became Louis Vuitton’s First Black Artistic Director, Dies At 41

Abloh and Kanye West bonded over their love for design, and their collaborations helped bring the Rockford native global acclaim. He died after battling cancer.

Citywide

LaVar Ball Bringing A Big Baller Brand Pop-Up To Little Italy Sneaker Shop Sunday Ahead Of Lonzo Vs. LaMelo Matchup

Big Baller Brand, the apparel line started by the outspoken father of the Bulls' Lonzo Ball and the Hornets' LaMelo, will be sold at Flee Club on Taylor Street.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Missing Amundsen Students Found Safe: Police

On Thursday night, police said both girls have been located.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

The Ultimate Guide To Shopping Local In Chicago For The Holidays In 2021

Block Club's reporters reached out to more than 140 small businesses across the city to highlight their work — and encourage shoppers to stop by.

Citywide

Local Shops Across Chicago Host Events For Small Business Saturday

With deals, pop-ups, holly jolly trolleys, tree lightings and free Gluehwein, independent shops are the places to be Saturday.

Citywide

Shop Local 2021: A Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Gladstone Park And Norwood Park Holiday Gift Guide

From handmade candles to soap, scarves and scrunchies, check out these Far Northwest Side shops for gift ideas.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Shop Local 2021: A Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town Holiday Gift Guide

House plants, skate gear, zines and fancy cakes are just a few of the can't-miss gifts available in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town this holiday season.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Shop Local 2021: An Auburn Gresham, Chatham And Englewood Holiday Gift Guide

You can support small South Side businesses by grabbing coffee at Kusanya Cafe, a T-shirt at Englewood Branded or someone's first pet at Aquatic Oasis, among other spots.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Shop Local 2021: A Rogers Park, Edgewater And Uptown Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you're shopping for a wine lover or a Ramblers fan, Far North Side shops have you covered for the holidays.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Shop Local 2021: A Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore And South Chicago Holiday Gift Guide

Block Club rounded up a few businesses along the south lakefront to help residents shop local.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Shop Local 2021: A Bridgeport, Chinatown And McKinley Park Holiday Gift Guide

Support these independent retailers, nonprofits and shops during this holiday season.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Shop Local 2021: A Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, North Center, North Park, Albany Park And Irving Park Holiday Gift Guide

From paintings to toys, candles, cannabis and beer, shops in Lincoln Square and its surrounding neighborhoods are packed full of potential gifts.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Shop Local 2021: A Bronzeville, South Loop And Washington Park Holiday Gift Guide

From perfect selfie backgrounds to children's book and yoga classes, the South Loop and Bronzeville have your holiday needs covered.

Bronzeville, Near South Side
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