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Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City Founder, Hopes To Take Bobby Rush’s Seat In Congress

The prominent activist filed to run against Rush, who has held the seat since 1993. It's “time for old folks to step aside and for fresh blood that’s more in touch with the reality of today” to lead, Cole said.

Citywide

Logan Square Cigar Shop Expands To Sell Groceries, To-Go Meals To Reel In More Business

Havana Cigar now offers grocery items, frozen meals and basic home goods in addition to its signature tobacco and smoke-related items.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

From Librarians To Barbers, Public-Facing Workers Left Out Of Early Vaccination Rounds: ‘Our Jobs Are Essential But We Are Not’

Librarians and beauty industry workers interact with people daily and can't work from home. They feel they should be vaccinated alongside frontline workers like teachers and grocery employees — or at least before the general public.

Citywide

How Karen Lewis Helped Her Students — And Teachers Everywhere — Find Their Voice: ‘Karen Was Our Movement’

Former CTU president Karen Lewis, who died Sunday at 67, was a people’s champion, a motivating educator and a fighter with sharp wit and tough love, her admirers say.

Citywide

Old Irving Park Neighbors Push To Rename Kolmar Park To Honor German-Jewish Author Killed In The Holocaust

Kolmar Park is named for the street it is on. Neighbors want it to honor poet Gertrud Kolmar, who died in 1943 in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

This Chicago Teen Is Fighting To Help Trans People Correct Genders, Names On Ohio Birth Certificates: ‘It Affects Lives’

When Hyde Park resident Jack Henning-Sepkoski came out as transgender, he sought to change his Ohio birth certificate so it reflected his correct gender and name. While state policy bans it, he now has 136,000 signatures on a petition to change the law.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Logan Boulevard’s Eiffel Tower Snow Sculpture Draws Rave Reviews From Here To Paris

Logan Square couple Barbara Kaufman and Olivier Crenon, who is from Paris, created the snow sculpture Sunday to bring some of his home to the neighborhood.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square Artist Brings Back Snow Graffiti Art, Delighting Neighbors And Spreading Appreciation Of Nature

Artist Eduardo Vea Keating plans to put up more snowy artwork around Logan Square this weekend.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

At 101, Glamorous Norwood Park Grandma Was Young At Heart, The Life Of The Party — And Never Without Her Red Lipstick

Margie Rodriguez, 101 when she died from coronavirus, loved to make everyone laugh, was always up for an adventure and loved singing with her friends and family.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Northwest Side Biker, Electrician And Vietnam Vet Dedicated His Life To Helping Others — Especially Veterans In Need

Bob Brieske, 70, cheated death a few times, making it through the Vietnam War, a bad motorcycle crash and a heart attack. But “the beast of COVID took him down," his wife said.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

CPS Parents Who Have Chosen In-Person Learning For Their Kids Beg Teachers Not To Potentially Strike

“At long last, they have returned to their education and established routines and learned safety protocols,” one parent said. “The disruption of a strike for these vulnerable children is traumatizing and will impact their education and mental health.”

Citywide

CPS Parents Slam District’s Decision To Lock Teachers Out Of Virtual Classrooms As School Reopening Battle Rages On

“I’m angry that my daughter was cut off from her teacher so suddenly and given something so far below the quality of instruction she was getting,” one parent said.

Citywide

Chicago’s Long-Hated Trump Tower Sign Could Come Down — If The President Is Impeached And Convicted

The long-maligned sign has annoyed many Chicago leaders and residents who felt it was a clumsy-looking addition to the building.

Downtown

Handful Of Kids Return To Mozart Elementary In Logan Square: ‘We Pray … That Everything Is Going To Be OK’

“It will be better for us so we can work and leave the house," one parent said. "I will have more time to work now.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Local Artists Beautify South Loop Club To Remind Community To Support Bar During Pandemic

Artists painted the enclosed walkway and patio of the South Loop Club, 701 S. State St., with colorful designs, positive messages and depictions of the bar’s signature offerings.

South Loop

Beloved Chicago Bike Mechanic Faces Long Recovery After Shooting — But Cycling Community Is Stepping Up To Help

Father and bike mechanic Jermell “Mello” Akins, 25, will have to relearn how to walk and talk in the months ahead after a late November shooting left him critically wounded.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

CBD-Infused Ice Cream Has Come To Chicago Thanks To Women Entrepreneurs

Ida's Artisan Ice Cream & Treats worked with Tulip Tree Gardens to make six flavors of ice cream with CBD oil.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Downtown Remembrance Tree Honors Hundreds Lost To Gun Violence In 2020

Chicago has seen a steep uptick in shooting deaths in 2020, with 728 murders — a 55 percent increase compared to last year.

Downtown

North Park High School Completes Nearly $2 Million Renovation, Including Greenhouse

The CPS school serves students ages 14 to 22 with intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning. “We really want to always look at what our students can do and not what they can’t do," its principal said.

North Park

Shop Local 2020: A Beverly, Morgan Park And Mount Greenwood Holiday Gift Guide

“We did not want to see holiday money go to Amazon or big box stores so we were trying to provide a convenient way for folks in the area to shop local."

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park
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