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Parlor Pizza Owners Opening Tex-Mex Restaurant In West Loop In The Midst Of Labor And Discrimination Investigations

Texan Taco Bar opened this week on Randolph Street. It's operating through a separate company from Parlor Pizza, which is being investigated.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Bridgeport Neighbors Rally To Support A Black-Owned Beauty Salon That Had Its Windows Shattered By A Vandal With A Sledgehammer

“Why us?” asked Haus of Melanin owner Brittany Matthews when she saw her salon’s windows were shattered. But then her neighbors stepped up to support the small business.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Chicago Pizza Festival To Serve Up Hand-Picked Pies From Across The City To Prove We Have ‘A Lot More To Offer’ Than Deep Dish

Chicago Pizza Festival was created by food reporter Steve Dolinsky to showcase the city’s wide array of pizza styles and traditions. Forty pizzerias will serve made-to-order pies at Plumbers Union Hall.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Is Chicago Seeing More Foxes Than Usual? Not Quite, But Recent Sightings Spark Curiosity And Delight

Several foxes have been spotted throughout the city, leaving Chicagoans curious about where they came from and why they're showing up. Experts say you should "observe, not disturb" if you spot the creatures.

Downtown

New Map Shows Pollution Near Your Kid’s School — And Confirms Latino Neighborhoods Are Hit The Hardest

An interactive map published by researchers at UIC allows residents to find out what sources of pollution are near their schools and homes.

Back of the Yards

Black Ice Injuries Add More Stress To Already Overwhelmed Chicago Hospitals

When one resident went to the emergency room Sunday, her wait was close to 14 hours. “The nurses were telling us that between the COVID surge and the black ice, there were just no beds."

Citywide

Mom’s Chicago Pop-Up Brings Japanese-American Comfort Food With A Chicago Twist To Lakeview

The pop-up is inspired by what Japanese-American chef and owner Kelly Ijichi grew up eating at home. She recently launched a weekly pick-up bento program at Konbini & Kanpai in Lakeview.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Chinatown Residents Call For More Cameras, Lights — But Also Long-Term Solutions After Woom Sing Tse Killed

Neighbors said they're concerned about safety after the 71-year-old was slain. They're already working on social programs that could prevent violence in the future.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Hundreds Of Long-Vacant Properties In Chicago And Cook County Are Going On Sale For A Discount

The Cook County Land Bank Authority will give away 10 vacant lots in Chicago as part of the program.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Abandoned Amazon Delivery Bags Are A Hot Commodity As Other Drivers, Residents Scoop Them Up For Personal Use

Big, colorful bags left in apartment corridors and on street corners have confused and fascinated Chicagoans. But many, including delivery drivers for other companies, have started repurposing them in creative ways.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Dangerously High Winds Are Expected Wednesday Night Through Thursday Morning

Gusts up to 60 mph are likely to hit Chicago and surrounding areas starting at 6 p.m. The National Weather Service advises residents to stay indoors and secure outdoor furniture or decorations.

Citywide

Architect Who Helped Restore Navy Pier Wanted To ‘Make Places That Are Good For Families And Everybody To Enjoy’

Jerome Butler Jr. died Dec. 2. Butler served multiple roles in city government and left his touch all over the city, from Navy Pier to fire and police stations.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Dreezy Claus, Reindeer And More Coming To Eméché Cakery And Cafe In Bronzeville This Weekend

Sunday's Miracle on 35th Street event will feature warm drinks, sweet treats and performances from the Trap Carolers.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Support Local Businesses In Wicker Park And Bucktown This Saturday At ‘Light Up WPB’

More than 45 businesses will offer deals and festive treats at the holiday shopping event. There will also be free bike rickshaw rides.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Temperatures Are Below Freezing Monday — Here’s Where You Can Find Warming Centers In Chicago

Six indoor warming centers are open throughout the city for people who need refuge from the extreme cold Monday.

Citywide

Weiss Hospital Development Is Moving Forward — But Neighbors Worried About Gentrification Are Continuing To Push Back

Critics say the plan to convert the hospital parking lot into apartments will push low-income residents out of Uptown. "We need affordable housing, not luxury housing," one neighbor said at a recent meeting.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Rental Assistance Applications Open Monday — Here’s How You Can Get The Word Out

Officials are holding a virtual phone bank Saturday to connect neighbors with the latest round of rental assistance.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

‘Safety Teams,’ Security Guards And More Cops Coming To University Of Chicago As Neighbors Debate Violence Prevention Plan

City and university officials are pushing for more police after two recent murders and gunfire near campus, but some residents and students want more focus on alternatives to policing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

23 Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Bars Around Chicago That Will Put You In A Festive Mood

Holiday bars full of decorations and themed drinks and snacks are here — and there's plenty of options for everyone.

Citywide

Need Rent Help? The City And State Will Reopen Their Rent Assistance Programs Monday

Chicago renters and housing providers can apply for money to pay back rent through the city’s Department of Housing or the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Citywide
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