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Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Ward Superintendent Fired While Facing Federal Machine Gun Investigation

Charles Sikanich is under investigation for trying to sell a World War II heirloom illegal machine gun while on the clock for his government job.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Northwest Side Book Club Aims To Keep Kids Engaged Over The Summer

Students who participate by reading books and filing out a form could help their local library win a pizza party.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Ed Paschke Art Center To Reopen In Jefferson Park Next Year

The reopening of the Ed Paschke Art Center, which has been closed since March 2020, is part of the anticipated Northside Cultural District planned for Jefferson Park's downtown area.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Family-Owned Jefferson Park Gelato Shop Ix-Chel Reopens For Summer

Ix-Chel serves more than 30 flavors of gelato and now offers banana splits and ice cream sundaes. A food menu could be coming soon.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Bluebird, An American Brunch And Comfort Food Spot, Opening In Portage Park This Week

Bluebird will open Friday in Portage Park for lunch. It will offer more sit-down food options, expanded cocktails and local draft beers.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Henry’s Cafe Bringing Breakfast, Coffee And More To Jefferson Park’s Esdohr House This Summer

Henry's Cafe will serve breakfast foods, including parties, baked goods, egg sandwiches. The operator hopes to expand to lunch and cold drinks.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Little Lulu’s Italian Ice Shop Reopens In Portage Park With Nutrition Bar

Little Lulu's reopened in late May. Thanks to a new business partnership, it now serves waffles, protein shakes, acai bowls and more in addition to its signature Italian ice.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Panda Express Plan Scrapped As Portage Park Neighbors Push For A Different Development At Bank Parking Lot

Panda Express opponents want the bank lot to be turned into a mixed-use development. But others say the drive-thru would have given nearby businesses a boost.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Rainbow Races Launching LGBTQ Sailing School In Jackson Park To Diversify Sport, ‘Build Bridges’ Among Boaters

Rainbow Races, the organization that hosts the annual Pride Flotilla happening Saturday, plans to launch sailing classes in July to get more LGBTQ+ people into the sport.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Gladstone Park’s North Branch Fried Chicken Celebrates 2 Years With Free Pork Sliders, Chicken Sandwiches

North Branch Fried Chicken will give free grub to attendees at its Thursday Father's Day market pop-up to thank the community for its support.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Esteemed Northside Learning Center Principal Retires, But Won’t Stop Fighting For Mental Health And Special Education

The North Park school, which serves students 14-22 with intellectual disabilities, added a greenhouse, garden and student-run cafe under Karren Ray's leadership.

North Park

You Can Now Apply To Live In The Six Corners Senior Living Facility

Applications for market-rate and more affordable units in The Clarendale are now open. The development plans to be complete in September, and leasing will begin in October.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Divvy’s New E-Bike Fees Pricing Out Some Riders, Users Say

Divvy increased per-minute fees for e-bikes and upped the annual membership. Some members are switching to their own bikes or going back to the CTA in response.


See Over 60 Historical Bungalows And Exchange Plants At Mayfair’s Annual Community Garage Sale

The big garage sale is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday from Pulaski to Elston and Lawrence to Foster.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Friendship Church, Community Space Opens Inside Far Northwest Side Affordable Housing Building

Friendship Presbyterian Church, which bounced around locations since 2018, held its first in-person service this weekend at its new home on the ground floor of a Jefferson Park affordable apartment complex.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Family Devastated After Navy Vet, Cubs Fan Killed By Drunk Driver In Portage Park

Tim Kast died May 19 after a drunk motorcyclist hit him as he was walking to his sister's house. It is among several serious crashes that have occurred along Irving Park Road in recent months.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

After 2 Cyclists Killed, Protected Bike Lanes Coming To Stretch Of Milwaukee Avenue On Northwest Side

Raised concrete curbs are coming to Milwaukee Avenue's bike lane between Addison Street and Irving Park Road to improve safety for cyclists using the bike highway.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Six Corners Hot Dog Joint Says It Was Excluded From Area’s Hot Dog Fest, But Chamber Says That’s Not The Case

Some Six Corners businesses and neighbors criticized the Windy City Hot Dog Fest for having no Far Northwest Side participants, while others say bringing a wide variety of vendors to the area will help put it back on the map.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Heather Daniel, A Chicago Police Veteran, Sworn In As 16th District Commander

Heather Daniel, a 22-year veteran of the department and a lawyer, takes over for retiring commander Maureen Biggane.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Jefferson Park Affordable Housing Development For Veterans, People With Disabilities Opens Applications

Construction for the buildings at Lawrence and Austin avenues is scheduled to be completed in October. The project moved forward after City Council rebuffed Ald. Nick Sposato's attempt to downzone the land.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
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