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Wicker Park Couple Plans Peace Walk, Apprenticeships From Their Neighborhood Framing Shop

The owners of the framing shop are organizing a back-to-school donation event and march for peace Sept. 4.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Shedd Aquarium Celebrates First Birthdays Of Atlas, A Beluga, And Harmony, A Dolphin

Atlas turns 1 Saturday, and Harmony's birthday is Aug. 31.

Downtown

Roseland Community Hospital Gets Kids Ready For Fall With School Supplies, Hair Braiding

The hospital will give out 500 backpacks with school supplies and offer back-to-school physicals and dental exams.

Roseland, Pullman

Opioid-Related Deaths Still High After A Brutal 2020 — And The West Side Remains The Epicenter Of The Crisis

Black communities continue to be hit hard by opioid deaths. Community groups are saving lives, but officials say big policy changes are needed to prevent more deaths.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago SummerDance Making An In-Person Comeback In Rogers Park Wednesday

The festival will kick off Wednesday at Willye B. White Park. It will travel to various city parks through Sept. 15.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

UIC Professors Donate 150 Copies of Their Bilingual Children’s Book To Lurie Children’s Hospital

“Reaching For The Stars" is a story about a cat that transforms into other animals on a journey to become a star in the sky.

Citywide

Chicago Organization That Helps Students Of Color Explore Careers In Law Gets Boost Thanks To NBA Grant

"There's incredible underrepresentation throughout law firms and courts of people that reflect what our country actually looks like,” said one nonprofit leader. The group's trainings aim to change that.

Citywide

Yoga, Music And Classic Cars Coming To Michigan Avenue Sunday For ‘Meet Me On The Mile’ Event

Music, cars, exercise classes and more will be available at the first of three Sunday street celebrations planned through October. The street will be closed to traffic Sunday.

Downtown

Overnight Parking Ban In Wicker Park Is Preventing Late-Night Rowdiness, Bar Owners Say

Locals said the area has long been known to be a “free for all” when it comes to alcohol, but things escalated during the pandemic. When people started showing up with guns — and even a goat — they decided to explore the parking ban.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Lollapalooza Returns To Grant Park, Bringing Downtown Street Closures

Motorists will need to find alternate streets through some areas of Downtown, with some closures scheduled until Aug. 6.

Downtown

A Year After Columbus Statues Came Down, Artists Say It’s Time To Rethink How City Honors Its History

“We need to be monumentalizing communities,” one West Side artist said. “I need to see more scenarios, more visions for the future in my everyday life reflected in public art.”

Citywide

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.

Downtown

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. 

Downtown

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.

Citywide

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.

Downtown

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
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