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Downtown Businesses Board Up, Expecting Unrest After Adam Toledo Video Released

“All is calm for now but you never know. Plus, we’ll see what happens next week in Minnesota. I’m just as worried about that,” one officer said.

Downtown

After Chicago Police Kill 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Little Village Neighbors Demand Answers At Vigil: ‘We Want To See Justice’

"There have been too many Black and Brown lives taken at the mercy of the Chicago Police Department — and we need this to stop now,” one organizer said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Wrigley Field Is 20 Percent Back: Fans Return After A Year To Drink Beer, Watch Cubs, Boo The Mayor

The sunny but brisk Home Opener featured masks, a fraction of the seating, relieved fans and a rather quiet Wrigleyville.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Meet The Englewood Barber Who Came From Florida To The South Side To Keep Residents Faded And Fly

David McDonald went from shaping up celebrities to cutting the hair of and providing affirmation to Chicagoans in need.

Englewood, Chatham

State Sen. Lightford Defends Loretto CEO Amid Vaccination Scandals

State. Sen Kimberly Lightford is vice chairman of the board that will decide Loretto CEO George Miller's fate. Miller has donated at least $2,500 to a political fund run by Lightford.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Loretto Hospital Execs Reprimanded For Going Rogue After Letting ‘Well-Connected’ People Skip Vaccine Line

It was not immediately clear what punishments will be doled out to Loretto Hospital CEO George Miller and COO Dr. Anosh Ahmed — but the hospital already had its supply of vaccine doses cut by the city.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Surprise! Chicago’s River Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day After All

The announcement was made last minute, likely to prevent crowds from gathering on the riverfront with coronavirus restrictions still in place.

Downtown

United Center Vaccinations Start — But Many Confused By Who Is Eligible, When More Appointments Will Open

While all appointments were booked for the site's first week, some were left open for the future. Officials haven't yet said how to snag one of those spots, though.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Month-Long Hunger Strike To Stop Southeast Side Metal Scrapper Ends Near Lightfoot’s Home — But The Fight Continues

Strikers were joined by more than 100 supporters as they gathered near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home and marched to pressure the city to deny Southside Recycling's bid to open in East Side.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Albany Park Woman Launches Memorial For Chicagoans Lost To Coronavirus: ‘They’re Not Just A Number; They’re Actually People That We Love’

Luz María Vargas lost her mother to coronavirus and sought to establish temporary memorials for people to grieve. The Buckingham Fountain memorial will be there through Wednesday.

Downtown

With 37,000 Students Returning To Class Monday For CPS, Anxious Excitement Abounds

"For the first time, they were hustling me to get out of the house in time to get to school today," one father said.

Citywide

The Deep Freeze Has Lifted, But Chicago Is Still Encased In Ice

Here's a look at what Block Club Chicago photographer Colin Boyle found Monday.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Lan’s Old Town Shut Down — Again — After Hosting Second Maskless Party In 2 Months

Lan's Old Town hosted 27 people who weren't wearing masks for a party Valentine's Day weekend, city inspectors found.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

This Jefferson Park Chef Is Carrying On The Paczki Fat Tuesday Tradition, Despite The Pandemic

Before the pandemic, Fat Tuesday drew crowds of Chicagoans to bakeries to buy paczki. Long-time chef Dobra Bielinski hopes to provide tradition and connection for the Polish-American community in a time of isolation.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

After Losing Mom To COVID, Chicago Woman Aims To Honor Her Memory And Others Lost With Floral Memorial Downtown

Luz María Vargas is working with the Park District to to bring the Floral Heart Project to Chicago and create a temporary space for grieving.

Citywide

PHOTOS: Arctic Blast Chills Chicago

Wind chills of 25 degrees below zero were recorded at Midway Airport early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Citywide

With Dangerous Cold Coming, Chicagoans Who Are Homeless Scramble To Find Shelter, Supplies. Here’s How You Can Help

The coronavirus pandemic has made the situation more dire for people experiencing homelessness. Shelters had to reduce capacity, many people have lost jobs and housing and fewer people are out and about to offer help.

Citywide

Chicago’s Biggest Snowstorm In 5 Years Leaves Behind A Lot Of Work … And Some Fun

With the sun breaking through Monday, Chicagoans got to work digging out and having some fun.

Citywide

‘That’s What I’ll Miss The Most’: Watch Families Of COVID Victims Remember Lost Loved Ones

Families of coronavirus victims explain, in their own words, why their loved one was special in these videos.

Citywide

West Side Church Choir Won’t Be The Same After COVID Death Of Beloved Singer: ‘Everybody Should Have A Nikki’

Nikki Shepard, 44, fought to bring joy and light to her family every day, despite living with a chronic illness. “People didn't realize that when she went out on the dance floor for the kids, she could barely walk the next day."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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