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Tattoo Parlor And Art Studio The Jungle Opens In Humboldt Park

The owners want the shop to celebrate their art and interests while being welcoming and empowering to Black, Brown and queer artists and customers.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Pilsen Mutual Aid Event Saturday Will Collect Gear For Neighbors While Local Artists Perform

Community groups are meeting at the Pilsen love fridge to collect donations of winter clothes, groceries and more for neighbors in need.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Bridgeport Restaurant Closing Beloved Diner After More Than 7 Decades

The last day of service will be June 30. Irais Rodriguez said he and his family are deeply appreciative of all of their customers through the years.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Andersonville Businesses, Community, Start Recovering From Devastating Fire That Canceled Neighborhood Festival

Smashy and Star Auto were demolished in the days after the fire. Now, officials and locals are trying to figure out how to rebuild.


Here’s How You Can Support South Side Kids, Families At Roseland Hospital’s Holiday Events

Roseland Community Hospital and local partners have events lined up from October to December to support local families.

Roseland, Pullman

After Brutal 18 Months For Artists, City Giving Arts And Culture Programs $26 Million Boost: ‘It’s A Pretty Big Deal’

Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events since 2016, is retiring next month — but not before making a huge announcement on arts funding.


Open House Chicago Is Back Starting Friday With New Sites, Self-Guided Tours And In-Person Events

The festival will launch its mobile app Friday, with a weekend of in-person events Oct. 16-17.


El Milagro Employees Locked Out Of Factory During Walkout While Protesting Pay, Working Conditions

Workers were locked out Thursday night and had to wait for hours to get their personal belongings. On Friday, they were let in — but an armed security guard was there.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Activists Hosting Dance Party, Potluck To Support Fight Against Minnesota Oil Pipeline On Indigenous Land

The fundraiser will take place at Promontory Point in Hyde Park, and all proceeds will support people who have been arrested protesting the Line 3 oil pipeline extension project.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Guinness Taproom Planned For Former West Loop Railroad Terminal In 2023

The Ireland-based brewer plans to start construction on the old Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal this fall.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

7 Businesses Cited By City For Mask Mandate Violations

The city warned businesses should be on "high alert" for investigations into mask mandate violations.


Vegan Food Fest Will Not Require Vaccination, Negative COVID-19 Tests — So Some Vendors Are Dropping Out

Masks will be required in crowds and lines at the fest, according to an Instagram post, but vendors are worried the mask rule won't be enforced. Those who have dropped out haven't been refunded.


Activists Formed A Human Bike Lane To Call For Safer Streets For Cyclists: ‘Why Do We Have To Wait For Someone To Be Killed?’

Transportation activists want better-protected bike lanes — and for the city to make drastic and immediate changes to its biking infrastructure.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Jeanne’s Journey For Hope Is Fundraising For A Mount Greenwood 8-Year-Old With Leukemia

All of the proceeds from the Sept. 25 event will go to the Davis family as their daughter recovers from leukemia.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Rogers Parker Finds Wonder, Community In Backyard Beekeeping: ‘This Is The Coolest Hobby’

Katje Sabin is learning the ins and outs of backyard beekeeping and the community that surrounds the hobby in Chicago.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Uptown Gallery, Located Above Green Mill, Creates Space For Underrepresented Artists

The gallery is focused on giving underrepresented artists in Chicago a platform.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Here Are The Shedd Aquarium’s Free Days For Illinois Residents In September

Illinois Resident Free Days at the Shedd Aquarium will run Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 29.


Chicago-Based Journey For Justice Raising Funds for Hurricane Ida Relief

Journey for Justice is working with Louisiana-based groups to raise $20,000 for families in need.


You Can Support Literacy In CPS Schools With Pretty Cool Ice Cream’s Graphic Novel-Inspired Flavor

The Logan Square shop's newest flavor is inspired by author Dave Scheidt's graphic novel for kids, "Mayor Good Boy." It's about a dog who becomes mayor of a fictional town.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Authors Colson Whitehead, Dawn Turner To Appear At Printers Row Lit Fest In September

Turner will open the famed literary festival Sept. 11, and Whitehead will close it. There will be coronavirus safety measures.

South Loop
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