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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

Shop Local 2020: A Jefferson Park, Portage Park, North Park And Edison Park Holiday Gift Guide

“These businesses have gone out of their way to support us over many years ... Let’s try to support them during this time. I want to see them survive.”

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Mother And Son Duo Charged In Attack Of Teens Who Chalked ‘Biden 2020’ In South Loop Park

The battery charges come nearly two weeks after the attack at Chicago Women’s Park & Garden in the South Loop.

South Loop

East Side Activists Bring Fight Against General Iron To Mayor Lightfoot’s Block: ‘We Need To Breathe Just Like Everybody Else’

"We are a dumping ground, we are the garbage can of the city," one Southeast Side resident said. "They don’t care about us, they don’t want to keep us safe or breathe the same clear, privileged air they breathe.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Woman Who Attacked Teens For Chalking ‘Biden 2020’ In South Loop Park Identified — But Not Arrested, Victim Says

Community members sent tips to identify the woman seen attacking two teens. Still, the woman, who said her husband is a police officer, has not been arrested.

Downtown

Teens Attacked After Chalking ‘Biden 2020’ In South Loop Park, Video Shows

A woman and man harassed the teens, who were babysitting, and then hit them, pulled them down and kicked them, one of the victims said.

South Loop

Harry Potter’s World Comes To Lincoln Park At Halloween Home Inspired By The Books

Writer Kate Sample hopes her Halloween decorations will bring cheer to neighbors during a challenging 2020. People have loved the display so much they've added their own Harry Potter trinkets, she said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Band of Bohemia, Nation’s Only Michelin-Starred Gastropub, Closes After Filing For Bankruptcy

The closure also comes after a slew of anonymous allegations involving the gastropub's ownership and former chef were published on Instagram.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Meet The Midwestern Women Steelworkers Who Put A Pro-Biden Bat Signal On Trump Tower

The Women of Steel also shined the light on the walls of the Chicago Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field and famed hot dog stand Wiener’s Circle.

Downtown

Buses, Trains Shouldn’t Be Shut Down If There Are Election Protests, Transit Advocates Say

The city shut down the CTA multiple times this summer, and it hasn't promised to keep it open if there are Election Day protests. But activists said that disproportionately impacts Black and Latino travelers.

Downtown

Norwood Park Preschool Abruptly Closes, Leaving Unanswered Questions For Teachers: ‘My Whole World Fell Apart’

“I know how much White Steeple meant to the teachers, and I know how much it meant to the families who attended. And now, it’s suddenly gone."

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash

Fire Destroys Avondale Homeless Encampment — And Residents Think It Was A Hate Crime

Residents at the encampment need clothing, mattresses and other supplies after their belongings were set on fire, they said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square’s Milwaukee Avenue Gets Protected Bike Lanes, But Some Business Owners Protest Lost Parking

The lanes are meant to protect bicyclists in what has been a high-crash area for years.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Fountainhead Closing After 10 Years Due To Coronavirus — And It Won’t Be The Last If Congress Doesn’t Act, Staff Says

“We hope for those that haven’t closed yet that the government does come through for this industry. Every day that they stall on it, there is another place that cannot hold out.”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Grief Camp Helps Chicago Kids Find Community, Heal From Trauma After Losing Loved Ones To Violence

Camp Sheilah was started by Kevin Doyle, who was a teenager when his mother was murdered in a 1993 robbery in Palos Park. It helps kids heal while remembering their lost loved ones.

Downtown

Hundreds Attend Pro-Police Rally In Jefferson Park — Including Counter-Protesters

The Support the Police Rally was organized by Alds. Jim Gardiner, Anthony Napolitano and Nicholas Sposato to show support for police in a neighborhood heavily populated by families of police.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Dúo De Logan Square Lanza La Marca De Ropa Herencia 312, En Honor A Los Barrios Latinos De Chicago

Los primeros diseños de Herencia 312 honran a Logan Square, Pilsen y La Villita.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Square Duo Launch Herencia 312 Clothing Brand To Honor Chicago’s Latino Neighborhoods

Herencia 312's first designs honor Logan Square, Pilsen and Little Village.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
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