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This Weekend’s ‘Sundays On State’ Event Will Have Karaoke, Music, Vaccinations And More

Entertainers will include Freakeasy and DJ Seasonal Frequency. There also will be a Macy’s fashion show in the iconic State Street window.


Concerts Return To Millennium Park With Divas Through The Decades, A Queer-Led Celebration Of Women In Music

LGBTQ+ party Slo 'Mo will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the first concert in Millennium Park since the pandemic began. A video montage will highlight milestones people were unable to celebrate due to the pandemic. 


The Plant In Back Of The Yards Gets $1.6 Million City Grant To Launch Kitchen Incubator

The sustainable business incubator received nearly $1.7 million to renovate and expand its facility to support more entrepreneurs.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Get A Custom Portrait Of Your Pet When You Donate $25 Or More To The Anti-Cruelty Society

The fundraiser will run through Sunday, giving pet owners an opportunity to donate and receive a unique keepsake.


Driver Who Fatally Hit Boy, 9, In West Ridge Was Off-Duty Cop, Reports Say

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family of 9-year-old Hershel Weinberger, whom a driver hit and killed.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Proposed Liquor Store In West Loop On Hold After Neighbors Express Concerns

Neighbors said they're concerned about how close the liquor store would be to a day care, among other things.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

You Can Eat, Dance And Work Out In The Middle Of State Street This Weekend

Sundays on State is a family-friendly festival with a full lineup of music, art, vendors and activities. State Street is closed to vehicle traffic during the event.


Neon And Light Pop-Up Museum Bringing Bright Works From Renowned Artists To Chicago For 8 Weeks

Tickets go on sale Aug. 2 for the pop-up museum, which will have neon- and light-based sculptures and art.

Near North Side, River North

Animal Rescue Group One Tail At A Time Brings Back ‘Summer Shake’ For Dogs

The first in-person fundraiser in more than a year will be held Aug. 8 at Bridge 410 in the West Loop.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Will Feature Chicagoans From Albany Park Gym In Monday Episode

"American Ninja Warrior" challenges athletes to race through a high-intensity obstacle course. The episode will premiere 7 p.m. on NBC.


Shedd Aquarium Rides Shark Week Wave With Activities For Teens, Kids

The Shedd will extend its hours on Wednesdays for the rest of July to allow people to visit its 12 species of sharks and other creatures.


Veterans And Service Members With Disabilities, Injuries Can Now Sign Up For This Summer’s Valor Games

The games require no prior experience to participate. There will be competitions in archery and rowing, a biathlon and more.


Take Home A Pup In Need At PAWS’ ‘Underdog To Wonderdog’ Event This Weekend

PAWS is waiving adoption fees for people who give a home to a dog with specific needs, like specialized training or a childless household.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Taste Of Chicago To-Go Returns This Week With Citywide Locations

Typically in Grant Park, the to-go rework of the Taste will feature almost 40 eateries across Chicago.


What Will Chicago Do With Its ‘Problematic’ Monuments? Group Delays Decision, Calls For More Community Meetings

How to handle controversial monuments has been a touchy subject. The committee is meeting with more people this summer before recommending what to do.


CPD’s Anti-Violence Strategy ‘Has Failed,’ Alderman Says While Calling For A More Preventative Approach In Chinatown

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, activists and community members called upon the city to invest in more holistic violence prevention methods.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Thinking About Adopting a Furry Friend (Or Two)? There’s No Better Time Than Puppy And Kitten Season

Local shelters, such as PAWS Chicago, need your help adopting out kittens and puppies throughout the summer influx.


After 8 Days of Clouds And Rain, A Clear Sky And Less Humidity Will Carry Us Through Fourth Of July Weekend

Cooler temperatures are expected into Friday before it heats up for the Fourth.


Fireworks, Shows, Parades And Parties: Your Guide On Where To Celebrate Fourth Of July In Chicago

There will be plenty of festivities Saturday and Sunday, including some unofficial fireworks shows that will be worth your time.


Go Thrifting At This West Side Resale Shop To Help Fund Programs For Trans And Gender Nonconforming People Of Color

Life is Work, a West Side organization focusing on housing and workforce development, has opened a thrift store to help fund its work.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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