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Are You The City’s Best Karaoke Singer? Mayor Launches Tournament With A $5,000 Prize For Winner

Eighteen bars across the city will host competitions beginning Sunday. The best at each bar advances to the next round.

9:41 AM CDT

‘Best Of Logan’ Competition Challenges Chefs To Make Food With Beer From Local Breweries

Tickets are $30 to be a judge and taste-test the beer-food. Maplewood, Revolution, Pipeworks, Marz, Hopewell and Ravinia have all signed on.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
9:31 AM CDT

Looking To Trick-Or-Treat In Chicago? Here’s A Full List Of City-Sponsored ‘Halloweek’ Spots

Halloweek Oct. 22-31 will feature Halloween events across the city for kids and families — including 10,000 bags of Blommer's Chocolate candy and thousands of free costumes.

9:22 AM CDT

New ‘Book Of Joe’ Memoir Will Give Manager Joe Maddon’s Take On Cubs That Broke The Curse

Maddon led the Cubs to their first championship in 108 years. He explains "why the honeymoon with the Cubs did not last" in a new book.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
8:27 AM CDT

How Did This Chicago Divvy Bike End Up In Mexico? It’s Unclear, But ‘Can’t Blame This Bike For Heading South’

Chicagoan Ruperto Vergara spotted the characteristic bright blue bike parked outside a Mexican grocery store. A lost or stolen bike can cost a user $1,200.


You Can Now Get Wagyu Beef Hot Dogs At Home Depot

Wagyu beef is being served with a side of hardware at Fixin' Franks, the hot dog stands inside Chicago Home Depot stores.


Police Search For Truck After Toddler Killed In Albany Park Hit-And-Run, As Family Launches GoFundMe For Funeral

The 17-month-old boy climbed out of a car he was in and walked into the street where the driver of a pick up truck hit him, police said. The driver fled the scene.

Albany Park

Quidditch Is Now ‘Quadball’ — And A Tournament Is Coming To Chicago

The rebranded sport will have a 12-team, all-day tournament in the Dan Ryan Woods.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

For 66 Years, Near North Side Barber Alfredo Fricano Has Taken Care Of Cardinals, Crooks, Daleys And More

“As long as you cut hair and mind your business, you got nothing to worry about. This is not a squealing barbershop. That’s why I’m still here,” the 84-year-old said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

City Employees In Chicago Will Get 12 Weeks Of Fully Paid Parental Leave In 2023

The city previously gave birthing parents up to four or six weeks of paid leave and non-birthing parents two weeks of paid leave. The new policy goes into effect Jan. 1.


She Makes The Food, He Roasts The Beans: Couple Opens Tasa Coffee Roasters In West Humboldt Park

Jackie and Pierre Marquez started experimenting with coffee at home during the lockdown. Now they own one of the neighborhood's first café and roasters.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

You Can Get Your Pet Blessed In Pullman This Weekend

There will be a raffle, silent auctions from local businesses and vegan food for sale at the Sunday event.

Roseland, Pullman

What Would You Want Built Around Major Taylor Trail? Saturday Meeting Will Cover Development Plans

The city planning department has put together a plan to make "neighborhood-oriented investments" around the 8-mile walking and biking trail.

Roseland, Pullman

Do Chicago Bagels Stink? NYC Transplant Looks To Solve ‘Bagel Problem’ By Selling Them Out Of His Apartment

A New York City comedian has taken up a second act as a Chicago bagel maker — and the demand has been "bizarre," he said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Attackers Hit Older Asian Man With Bottle, Robbed Him On Red Line: ‘Absolutely Horrific’

The attack is the latest in a wave of violence against older Asian residents, a community advocate said.

Roseland, Pullman

Officer Shoots Man Who Broke Into West Side Police Station, Pointed Training Guns At Cops, Brown Says

The man was critically wounded, but the injury is not believed to be life-threatening, an official said. The shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘Eyesore,’ Sinking Boat Removed Almost A Year After It Got Stuck On Chicago River

Neighbors long complained the boat — which had flipped over and was slowly sinking — attracted gawkers, led to debris piling up and harmed wildlife.

Albany Park

You Can Vote To Help Curie High School Win $50,000 To Revamp Its Theater

Chicagoans can vote through Sunday to help Curie win $50,000 from the World's Best School Prizes.

Gage Park, Brighton Park

One Person Dies After Austin Building Explosion, With Blast Caused From Natural Gas, Fire Officials Say

Eight people were hospitalized with injuries from the blast. Among them was Shabron Robinson, 29, who died Thursday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

The ‘Hoop Dreams’ Marshall Brotherhood Of Players Remains Close 30 Years After Famed Documentary

Arthur Agee and his teammates at Marshall were subjects of a famous sports documentary. The "Bedford Boys" have stuck together ever since.

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