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Shedd Aquarium Penguins Star In New Children’s Picture Book

The picture book tells the story of the penguin field trips around the Shedd Aquarium that went viral in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown

Center For COVID Control Closed For ‘Foreseeable Future’ In Illinois Amid Federal, State Investigations

Former employees, customers and government inspectors have said the chain had a number of issues — including that it kept tests in unrefrigerated garbage bags and lied to customers about results.

Citywide

Father Of Slain 15-Year-Old Shares Heartbreaking Message To Chicago: ‘How Did Our City Get Here?’

Caleb Westbrooks, 15, was shot Tuesday a few blocks north of Rauner College Prep, where he was a freshman. His dad said the young football player was walking to catch a bus home from school when someone opened fire.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Masks Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon As COVID Cases Remain High, Chicago’s Top Doc Says

The health commissioner said she expects the city's and state's mask mandates will be removed at some point — but that isn't imminent since the Omicron surge is still so bad.

Citywide

Center For COVID Control Got $124 Million From Feds While Telling Workers To Lie About Results, Throw Tests In The Trash, Ex-Employees Say

Ex-workers of the embattled testing chain also said the company used a U-Haul to avoid inspectors. "I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, these tests are positive.'"

Citywide

University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Tuesday Also Shot Student In 2018

Officer Nicolas Twardak, who shot Rhysheen Wilson Tuesday, also shot student Charles Soji Thomas in April 2018. Wilson has been charged with attempted murder.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Pilsen Environmental Group Calls On City To Deny New Permit For Sims Metal Shredder

Sims Metal Management was sued by the Illinois Attorney General’s office this fall for allegedly breaking air pollution laws. It's located less than a mile from three schools.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Side Groups Relaunch Plans To Open STEAM Academy— This Time Without Merging 3 Neighborhood Schools

Educators have tried to create a school with specialized science, tech, engineering art and math programs in Lawndale for years.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Basketball Tournament For MLK Day Let Kids, Parents From Across City Connect While Promoting Anti-Violence

Young players, their parents, community members, police officers and more came out for the event at the Ark of St. Sabina. The creator of Hoop Hard Or Get Off the Court hopes to grow the program in the years ahead.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

A Southeast Side Teacher Started An Online Shop For Balms And Butters. Now She Has A Booming Retail Store That Helps Others

Toci, La Diosa owner Ines Ornelas wants her shop for lotion bars, tattoo balms and other bath and body products to serve as a community space for Southeast Siders.

South Chicago, East Side

Plastic Bag Store Art Installation Features Hundreds Of Fake Grocery Items Made From Salvaged Garbage

The fake store, which is in the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue through Jan. 30, features reimagined staples like “Shredded Waste” cereal and “Bagorade” sports drink. Also: a puppet show.

Downtown

Wood Street Bike Lanes, Other Neighborhood Upgrades Planned For Wicker Park Area After Approval By Residents

The projects, which include a protected bike lane on a section of Wood Street, were proposed by residents during the 1st Ward's participatory budgeting process.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Cody’s Public House Reopens With New Owners Who Vow To Stay True To Lakeview Dive’s Vibe

Red Door Tavern Group, which runs bars like the Graystone Tavern and the Rambler Kitchen + Tap, quietly reopened Cody's Public House in December after buying the bar from its previous owner.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Veloria Coffee Hosting Pop-Up Market Saturday At Six Corners With Local Vendors

The coffee-roasting business at 3936 N. Cicero Ave. will hold its New Year's Market 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Giant Letter On A Rogers Park Corner Tells Story Of A 100-Foot-Tall Boy — And Is Meant To Connect Neighbors Through Art

Now in its 10th year, the "Giant Letter" series tells the story of Bobby using gigantic handwritten notes and props. This is its first year in Rogers Park.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

UChicago Releases Body Cam Video Of University Police Officer Shooting Man In Hyde Park

It's unclear who fired the first shot from the body camera video. University officials say footage shows the man raising a gun into the air about a block away, less than two minutes before the officer shot him.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Elite Club Members Tried To Stop Nikole Hannah-Jones’ MLK Day Speech. So She Schooled Them Using Dr. King’s Words

After Union League Club of Chicago members said it would "dishonor Dr. King" for Hannah-Jones to give a speech, calling her a "discredited activist," she fought back with King's own words.

Citywide

As Chicago Passes Omicron Peak, CPS Looks To Shorten Quarantine To Five Days

Following changes to federal guidelines in December, school districts across the country are wrestling with the question of how long to quarantine students.

Citywide

Chicago And Illinois Past Their Omicron Peaks, But Leaders Urge Caution: ‘Not Out Of The Woods’

People should not drop their guard, as average cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain high, officials said.

Citywide

Avondale’s Elston Avenue Sees Flurry Of Proposals With 40-Unit Complex, Commercial Building And Condos

The three Elston Avenue projects are the latest development proposals to hit Avondale, which is drawing more condos, apartments and retail projects.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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