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Why Does ‘Pancake Ice’ Form On Lake Michigan? Experts Say Some Weather Magic Is Needed To Form The Mini Icebergs

The waterlily-like ice formations require a specific balance of elements to come about, and its existence is fleeting amid the strong waves of Lake Michigan.

Citywide

CPS Students Stage Walk Out To Demand Better COVID-19 Safety Measures In Schools: ‘We Don’t Get Any Say’

Though the district and teachers reached a deal for classes to resume, students say they felt left out of the decision making process. They want more remote learning options and access to testing and masks.

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Pregnant Mom Killed In Englewood Would ‘Give Her Shirt Off Her Back’ To Help Others, Loved Ones Say: ‘She Was Amazing’

Police are asking neighbors for help finding the people who shot 29-year-old Derricka Patrick, a mother who was expecting her second baby.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Bobby Rush Is Leaving Congress After 15 Terms, But He’s Not Retiring. His Next Mission Will Be To Lead His Bronzeville Church

Rush said he will soon endorse a candidate to replace him as 1st District rep in Congress. A crowded field of hopefuls are expected to vie for the seat.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Teachers May Refuse To Work In Schools Starting Wednesday Amid COVID-19 Surge

The return from winter break comes as the city is experiencing a record surge in confirmed cases and after parents grappled with a chaotic student testing program.

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PHOTOS: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Bring Thousands Downtown To Ring In 2022

A thick fog hung over the city as the chapter closed on 2021, but that did not cloud the celebration of the New Year.

Downtown

Chicago Finally Got This Winter’s First Real Snow, And More Could Be Coming

The city will get hit with another few inches of snow on Saturday for New Year's Day. Plus, snow photos from across the city.

Citywide

A South Side Meals On Wheels Worker Served Neighbors In Need For 40 Years. Now, His Son Is Taking Over His Route

Artha Jackson Sr. had helped feed neighbors daily through Meals on Wheels since 1981. He delivered his last meal before retiring on Christmas Eve.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago 2021 In Photos: 85 Neighborhood Moments That Shaped The Year

From Rogers Park to East Side, our reporters share their favorite photos from the year.

Citywide

Christmas In Chicago: 26 Photos Of Amazing Holiday Decorations In The City

PHOTOS: Chicagoans have decorated their blocks with hundreds of lights, candy canes and blow-up snowmen as they prepare for Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's.

Citywide

Nearly 200 Cars Towed On First Day Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban, Down From 2020

There were fewer cars towed this year than in 2020 and 2019, which the city says is due to better outreach and media coverage about the parking ban.

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It’s Last Call (For Now) At Augie’s Corner Bar In Lincoln Park As New Owners Plan Major Renovation

Augie's Booze and Schmooze has long ruled the holiday bar scene. But the beloved spot will close Tuesday for almost a year of major renovations under new ownership.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

More Police, Surveillance Cameras Coming To Hyde Park After South Side’s ‘Downtown’ Shot Up, 2 Killed In Separate Incidents

UChicago Police will immediately increase its off-campus presence, officials said. "We're not going to police ourselves out of this. We're not going to program ourselves out of this. It takes a bunch of work," Ald. Leslie Hairston said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Kilwins Hyde Park To Close Through 2021 As Owner Once Again Grapples With Trauma From City Violence

Owner Jackie Jackson plans to reopen, as she fought too hard to convince Kilwins to support her mission of opening in Hyde Park, she said. Two of her other stores have been hit by crime as well.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

One Of Chicago’s First 9-Year-Olds To Get Vaccinated Has A Message: More People Should Get Their Shots

Fourth-grader Kate Johns said she'll show off her COVID-19 vaccine mark all day, adding, "The pinch was not as bad as the flu shot."

Citywide

Feds Seize Illegal Machine Gun From Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Ward Superintendent — And He’s Still On The Job

Charles Sikanich is also being sued by a man who says Sikanich and Gardiner falsely accused him of a crime, harassed him and had him arrested over a lost cellphone.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Zombies Are Invading This Ravenswood Couple’s Home — And The Whole Neighborhood Is Watching

The handmade zombie display has drawn countless visitors who bring curiosity and neighborly connections to the quiet stretch of Ravenswood Manor.

Ravenswood

Riot Fest Returns To Douglass Park: PHOTOS

The Smashing Pumpkins, Lupe Fiasco and Coheed and Cambria took the stage for the rainy return of the annual festival.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Pitchfork Kicks Off A Weekend Of Music In Union Park: PHOTOS

People flocked to the West Loop park to dance, sing and enjoy music in the open air after the festival's cancellation last year.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

ARC Music Festival Debuts In Chicago, Bringing Electronic Music To The Birthplace Of House: PHOTOS

The inaugural festival took place at Union Park.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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