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‘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

Locked Out Of Digital Classrooms, CPS Teachers Take Fight Against In-Person Learning To Del Valle’s Door

Teachers attempting to sign in to virtual classrooms were blocked Tuesday after the district locked out teachers who refused to return to the classroom because of coronavirus.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Lan’s Old Town Closing Temporarily After Party Backlash: ‘The Decision Was Made Out of Desperation’

Owners of the Chinese restaurant said it will temporarily close after a video surfaced showing a large party there Saturday despite a statewide ban on indoor dining and drinking.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Video Shows Large Maskless Party At Lan’s Old Town —And Neighbor Says ‘Super Spreader’ Parties Are Happening Every Weekend

A video posted to Reddit shows more than 60 people packed into the Old Town Chinese restaurant dancing and taking swigs from the same bottle of booze.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘Father Mike Will Be Back’: St. Sabina Neighbors, Supporters March, Pray For Pfleger After Child Sex Abuse Accusation

The St. Sabina cabinet is organizing several events in support of longtime pastor Michael Pfleger, who was asked to step aside from his ministry after a child sex abuse allegation dating back more than 40 years was reported.

Englewood, Chatham

Father Pfleger Child Sex Abuse Allegation Leaves South Side Community ‘In Shock’: ‘He Did So Much For Us’

Whether or not they attended his St. Sabina Church, Auburn Gresham residents say the outspoken pastor has been a vital member of the predominately Black South Side community since 1981.

Englewood, Chatham

Some CPS Teachers Refusing To Return To In-Person Learning Due To Coronavirus: ‘I Am In Fear For My Life’

"I feel like CPS is destroying remote education for the many that have chosen it, and in particular for the Black and Brown majority that have chosen remote because they want to stay home and stay safe."

Citywide

Chicago’s 2020 In Photos: Unrest And A Pandemic — But Beauty And Unity, Too

We rang in 2020 with legal weed and an imprisoned former governor returning. Then, everything changed.

Citywide

Chicago Activists Show Support For Victim Of Police Raid: ‘They Treated Anjanette As If She Was An Animal’

The fallout over the botched raid of Anjanette Young's home in 2019 intensified Thursday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot admitted she'd been made aware of the incident a year earlier than she first claimed.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Doctor Who Got First Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Full Of Hope’ After Months Of Death And Devastation

Dr. Marina Del Ríos, an emergency room physician in Chicago, said she hoped choosing her and Loretto Hospital to give the first vaccine represented the start of "a more inclusive process for improving the public health of the city."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Kitten Trapped In Car’s Engine Rescued By East Ukrainian Village Neighbors

A neighbor who cares for a feral cat colony alerted Animal Control and cops, to no avail. It took a nearby vet tech and the car's owner to save the kitten.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Winter Parking Ban Sneaks Up On Chicagoans As They Wake Up To Missing Cars, Expensive Towing Charges

The city's winter parking ban went into effect overnight Tuesday, catching many unsuspecting car owners off guard when they went out to their cars and found empty spots.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

At Chicago Vigil For Black Lives, Hundreds Quietly Gather To Heal After Kenosha Violence: ‘We Keep Us Safe’

As protests against police violence continue in Kenosha, hundreds of Chicagoans gathered in support of Jacob Blake, who was shot several times over the weekend.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Columbus Statue Protesters Reunited With Bikes Weeks After Police Took Them — After Alderman Steps In To Help

Police officials said in a statement that many bikes were “abandoned” and several were “used as weapons or to facilitate mob action” against police at the July 17 protest, though protesters and other witnesses dispute the police account.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

At Bronzeville March Against Police Brutality, Some Residents Mourn Loved Ones Killed By Cops — Others Tell Protesters To Go Home

“Take this back up on the North Side. We been here our entire lives …,” community organizer Yashua Aton said. “Y’all call to defund the police and you're giving them $2 million" in overtime.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Downtown Shop Owners Clean Up After Looting: ‘This Is My Whole Life Savings’

Many of the shops were looted two months ago after protests demanding justice for the police killing of George Floyd. The latest looting came after police shot a man in Englewood.

Downtown

At March Against Gun Violence, Young Chicagoans Say There Can Be Peace With Less Police

GoodKids MadCity and other groups marched through Austin to call for peace in the wake of recent shootings. "This march is nothing but love and peace," activist Miracle Boyd said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Columbus Statues In Grant Park, Little Italy Taken Down After Protests: ‘The People Got This Statue Removed’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the statue has been "temporarily removed ... until further notice" due to safety concerns after police and protesters clashed over the piece.

Downtown

Columbus Statues In Grant Park, Little Italy Will Be Taken Down, Officials Say

The statue has been the subject of high-profile protests in recent days — including one Friday where police and protesters violently clashed, leaving dozens of people injured.

Downtown
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