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For Street Performers, Pandemic Leaves Them With Few Options: ‘Well, Now What Do I Do?’

For some, the pandemic has put a pause on their gigs. Others say that the crisis has forced them to reflect on why they became a musician in the first place.


Couple Raising Money To Bring Luxury Indoor Dog Park To Irving Park

Zoomies, a 20,000-square-foot dog park, will allow 24/7 access for members and have services like self-wash dog baths and a coffee bar and vows to be "completely odor-free."

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Black-Owned Hair Salon Raising Money To Rebuild After Looting: ‘My Mother Lost Everything She Worked For In One Day’

China McNeil opened ChiHair Imports about five years ago but has been in the hair business for more than 20 years. The salon, 674 N. Dearborn St., was completely cleared out last week.


Rent, Mortgage Help Now Available For Illinois Residents Who Lost Money From Coronavirus

Each program will provide $150 million to homeowners and renters across Illinois.


Chance The Rapper’s Charity Donated 45,000 Masks To Chicago Parks For Kids, Staff

The masks will help kids and park staff during day camp.


Drive-In ‘Movies At The Parks’ Offers 6 Movies Around The City

Some of the movies that will be screened include "Cooley High," “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Akeelah and the Bee" and “The Secret Life of Bees."


South Side Youth-Led Farmers Market Adding Open Mic Night Starting This Week

The market has been run by South Side youths for more than a decade. They're hoping an open mic night will help draw more customers to support Black and Brown vendors selling fresh produce and goods.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

IIT Faculty, Students Concerned And Frustrated With School’s Reopening Plans

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of many colleges allowed to open their doors this fall, but social distancing and face masks will be required.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump To Headline One Tail At A Time Virtual Fundraiser

The Summer Shake Up at 1 p.m. Saturday will raise money for the shelter and its ongoing work during the pandemic.


Chicago Restaurants Creating Sprawling, All-Season Patios In Effort To Survive Coronavirus Pandemic

By installing features like retractable roofs and large windows, restaurants are creating more useable space for customers dining out.


Chicago Film Archives Discovers ‘Lost’ Silent Film From 1920s

“The First Degree” is listed in the Library of Congress’ records of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films from 1912-1929.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

$200K Given To Groups Helping Black, Brown Youth During Pandemic

Chicago Beyond, an organization that invests in the city’s youth, began the Backing the Fight Fund as a response to the “current crises” impacting Black and Brown residents.


Fish Are Returning To Chicago River, Waterways, New Study Says

The Chicago River and other waterways have become less polluted thanks to advocacy work from local groups.


Night Out In The Parks, Movies In the Parks Return For Late Summer

Starting Monday, “Your Night Out at Home” will host more than 40 artists and organizations starring in virtual performances posted every week this summer.


Art Institute, Museum Of Science And Industry Reopening This Week

The museums require people to get tickets in advance before they open this week.


Longtime Street Vendor Forced To Shut Down, Outraging Southwest Side Activists, Residents

The vendor has sold Mexican ice cream at 56th Street and Kedzie Avenue in Gage Park for more than 12 years — but now she's been booted from the ward.

Back of the Yards

Free Coronavirus Testing, Food And More Available At Museum Event Friday

People can enjoy free food and local art while registering to vote, filling out the census and receiving free coronavirus and HIV tests.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Enormous Black Lives Matter Mural Comes To South Shore Streets

The mural has the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in Chicago flag blue on Jeffery Boulevard between 70th and 71st streets.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Here’s How You Can Host A Windy City Coop And Eco-Yard Tour In Your Own Backyard

Anyone in the Chicagoland area whose yard shows examples of urban livestock, chicken coops or eco-yards are eligible to apply.


Extra $600 In Unemployment Ending This Week, Leaving Chicagoans To Struggle As Pandemic Rages On

More than 40 million Americans filed for unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic. In Illinois, roughly 1.45 million residents have filed unemployment claims due to the crisis.

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