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Pilsen’s Largest Vacant Lot Bought By City, Which Vows To Add 280 Affordable Housing Units To 6-Acre Plot

The city is acquiring land at 18th and Peoria streets — the "single largest parcel of vacant developable property" in the neighborhood — to turn into affordable housing.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Investing $1 Billion In 24 Affordable Housing Developments

The projects include a developer who wants to adaptively reuse a former Chicago Public School building for re-entry housing and a project that is the city's first development in partnership with and for Indigenous people.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Police Department No Longer In Last Place When It Comes To Complying With City’s Vaccine Mandate

Now, City Council staffers — employees who work with aldermen's offices — are the least compliant with Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. Still, the bulk of employees who haven't reported their status are in the Police Department.


Travelers To US Face Tougher COVID-19 Testing Requirement As Officials Try To Limit Omicron Spread

Officials are trying to buy themselves time and limit the potential spread of Omicron to prevent another possible coronavirus surge.


Temperatures Will Plunge Monday As Chicago Faces Temperatures In The 20s, Snow

The city will heat up later this week, with temperatures rising to the 40s and 50s.


No New COVID-19 Restrictions Planned For Chicago Yet As Omicron Pops Up Around US, Top Doc Says

Most local COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted since vaccines became widespread.


My Block, My Hood, My City Is Looking For Volunteers To Light Up King Drive Saturday

For years, the organization has collected holiday decorations and put them up along King Drive on the South Side with help from volunteers.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Biden’s Plan For Stalling Omicron Includes Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, More Vaccinations

Biden is also calling on employers to give paid time off to workers so they can get their booster shot.


Subscribe To Block Club Chicago And Get A Free Neighborhood Print

For a limited time, you can subscribe to Block Club for a year and you'll get a free, 16-by-20-inch neighborhood print from local artist Steve Shanabruch.


Roosters, Hot Dogs: What Do Chicago’s Newly Proposed Wards Look Like To You?

Chicago's proposed map has some, um, strange boundaries.


Tighter Restrictions Could Be Coming For US Travelers, Including Testing And Quarantining Requirements

Locally, officials have said they are keeping a close eye on the variant but don't expect to impose more restrictions in the near future.


California, North Carolina Removed From Chicago’s Travel Advisory

Guam was also removed from the city's travel advisory. There are now 38 states on the advisory.


Omicron Likely To Be Found In Chicago ‘Very Shortly,’ But More Information On COVID-19 Variant Needed, Top Doc Says

Even without Omicron, which is thought to be highly transmissible, Chicago has struggled with its coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks.


COVID’s Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High’ Global Risk; Local Officials Urge Vaccinations, Masks

"The unvaccinated remain the most at risk to themselves and others, so please get vaccinated as soon as possible," Chicago's mayor and top doctor said Monday.


Chicago’s Getting A Mix Of Sunshine And Snowy, Rainy Days This Week

Try to get outside on Thursday, when the city will warm up to 54 degrees and see sunny skies.


The Ultimate Guide To Shopping Local In Chicago For The Holidays In 2021

Block Club's reporters reached out to more than 140 small businesses across the city to highlight their work — and encourage shoppers to stop by.


Give Local 2021: How To Support Block Club This Holiday Season

We rounded up the ways you can help Block Club Chicago, whether it be by subscribing, nabbing one of our T-shirts or just spreading the word.


Shop Local 2021: Submit Your Favorite Local Businesses To Block Club’s Gift Guide

Do you own a shop or want to boost a local business during the holidays? Submit its information to be featured in our reader-curated gift guide!


Give Local 2021: Chicago Mutual Aid Groups And Nonprofits Where You Can Give — Or Receive — Help Over The Holidays

Want to give, not get, this holiday season? Here are more than 30 nonprofits and mutual aid groups where you can donate your time, supplies or money to help other Chicagoans.


Here’s How You Can Stay Safe From COVID-19 This Thanksgiving

Millions of people will travel and gather for the holiday — but it's coming as Chicago and nearby areas are in the midst of a new surge of COVID-19.

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