Articles By Joe Ward

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Out Of Work Artist? Pritzker, Lightfoot Announce $4 Million Artist Relief Fund

The new fund will award $1,500 grants to artists, production staff and entertainment workers struggling through the coronavirus outbreak.

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Aldermen Go Online To Keep Up With Residents During Outbreak: ‘If I Can Work In Sweats, I Can Get A Lot More Done’

From meme-able updates, bitmojis and Zoom town halls, aldermen are responding to the coronavirus crisis digitally.

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Hamburger Mary’s Offering Drag Queen Drive-Thru: ‘It Just Brightens People’s Day’

The drag queen drive-thru helps Hamburger Mary's pay its servers and performers during a down-time for the restaurant industry.

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Women Entrepreneurs Can Talk Business Amid Coronavirus In 4 P.M. Zoom Call

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global will host weekly "virtual cafes" to help women business owners navigate life during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Uptown’s Lawrence House Residents, Stuck In Tiny Apartments, Seek Rent Reduction — Or They Could Stage A Strike

Tenants are threatening a rent strike if rents aren't reduced after the building's pool, gym, rooftop, bar and other amenities were closed due to the outbreak.

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Misericordia Opening West Ridge Cafe, Providing Jobs For People With Developmental Disabilities

The cafe, which will sell Misericordia's famous cookies and other treats, could open in fall 2021.

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Edgewater Tacos Asks Neighbors For Help To Stay Open, Pay Staff During Coronavirus Outbreak

"I don't see myself surviving if this lasts the year," Edgewater Taco's owner said. "I have to remind myself, it's not something I did."

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Rogers Park’s Le Piano, Shuttered Due To Coronavirus, Is Making Face Masks For Local Grocery Stores

The protective masks, made of unused deli paper, are available to shoppers at local grocery stores.

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West Ridge’s Refugee Resource Center And Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers To Help Families During Outbreak

Demand for services at the Refugee Resource Center and Food Pantry is expected to skyrocket because of the virus outbreak.