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Francesca Mathewes

Want Al Capone’s Diamond-Encrusted Matchbook Holder? It’s Up For Auction With Other Items Owned By Famed Gangster

Al Capone’s granddaughters are auctioning off his belongings, from guns and family photographs to old watches and letters from prison.


‘The Dark Knight’ Will Play For Free Tuesday At Millennium Park

"The Dark Knight" was filmed in Chicago, and some of the city's iconic spots can be spotted.


Summer Smash Or ‘Fyre Festival’? Workers Walk Off Job, Citing Chaos At Douglass Park Music Fest

The annual festival was disorganized from the start, workers and attendees said. Organizers said no one was hurt and they'll be back next year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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, Back of the Yards
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