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Google Could Buy Thompson Center, Report Says

It's the latest twist for the famed building, which opened in 1985 and has been used for governmental offices — but which has faced costly infrastructure issues.

Downtown

Learn How To Ride And Access Adaptive Bikes At 6 Free Workshops

The sessions will show bicyclists with disabilities how to access tandem bikes, hand cycles and recumbent trikes in Chicago.

Citywide

Some Beaches To Close, Half Of City’s Pools To Open July 5 As Park District Shuffles Short-Staffed Lifeguards

Just 37 pools across the city will open on July 5, while some beaches will see closures as the Park District struggles with staffing lifeguards.

Citywide

Many Business Owners Relieved, Others Skeptical As Private Security Begins In Beverly, Mount Greenwood

Unarmed guards started patrolling commercial strips on the Southwest Side as part of a pilot program last week. The move is partly in response to local entrepreneurs' concerns about a rise in crime.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

An NBA Barber Built A ‘Safe Zone’ Court For Kids. Now He Needs Help Replacing Stolen Rims

Terrance "Razor Red" Wills, a local barber to hundreds of NBA players, said he uses generous tips from stars to run a youth basketball tournament. Burglars stole the rims Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Ald. Tunney ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Pride Parade Security, Wants More Officers, He Tells Top Cop

Ald. Tom Tunney asked Supt. David Brown for more officers at Sunday's Pride Parade, which he said could be the largest in Chicago history.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Chicago’s Lifeguard Shortage Fueled By Low Pay, Confusion, Lack Of Resources On South Side, Parents And Hopefuls Say

Parents and organizers say Chicago Park District's failure to support youth swimming programs and disorganization has led to the city's inability to recruit enough lifeguards during a nationwide shortage.

Citywide

Citing ‘Troubling’ Police Shortages, O’Shea Brings Private Security To Beverly, Mount Greenwood

The private security guards will patrol commercial strips in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood, Ald. Matthew O'Shea said.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

World Refugee Day With Cuisine From All Over The Globe Coming Saturday To Pottawattomie Park

The event will feature a solidarity march, a free picnic, musical performances and more.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Friends And Fans Of Cynthia Plaster Caster To Celebrate Late Artist’s Life With ‘Thanks, Doll’ Metro Concert

Cynthia Albritton, known as Cynthia Plaster Caster, was famous for casting the private parts of rock stars. There will be a musical celebration of her life in July at the Metro.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Time Capsules Discovered At Tribune Tower Feature Decades-Old Photos, Newspaper Clips — And A Possible ‘Black Sox’ Baseball

The items in the time capsules, some more than 100 years old, will now go to the Chicago History Museum.

Downtown

Cooling Centers Close Too Early Amid Dangerous Heat, Putting Residents — Especially Those Who Are Homeless — At Risk, Some Say

Chicago activated cooling centers around the city this week — but many of them close at 5 p.m., even as temperatures stayed dangerously warm.

Citywide

Art Institute’s Lions Spotted On The Highway After Being Taken Away To Be Cleaned

The lions will be gone for about a month, according to the Art Institute. They'll be steam cleaned and get a wax coating.

Downtown

Wind Damage And 100-Plus Degree Heat: Extreme Weather Descends On Chicago

About 26,000 homes are still without power from the storm that swept through the area.

Citywide

Naked Woman Stole Police Car, Ran Over Officer Before Crashing On West Side: Top Cop

Police Supt. David Brown said the officer had been helping an "unclothed" woman laying on the street when she charged the officer, took his squad car and drove off, hitting him during the getaway.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Here’s How To Vote Early In All 50 Wards In Chicago

Ward sites opened Monday. Chicago residents can vote at the ward site closest to them, Downtown or at four sites at local universities through June 27.

Citywide

Jefferson Park 10-Year-Old Helps Rescue Baby Goat, Who Is Now Living His Best Life At A Sprawling Farm

Gerald, a six-month-old goat, was found on June 6 wandering the Metra tracks near Austin Avenue and Northwest Highway.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Enjoy Free Music, Art, Dance Classes, Tours And More On The Riverwalk All Summer

Musical performances and lessons, art installations, fishing and ecology classes and architecture tours are among the city's free programs running until October.

Downtown

Art Institute Lions Being Removed For Cleaning, But Don’t Worry — They’ll Be Back

A big crane will take the legendary lions away on June 14 so they can "preserve them for generations to come," according to the Art Institute.

Downtown

Parlor Pizza Owners Opening Tex-Mex Restaurant In West Loop In The Midst Of Labor And Discrimination Investigations

Texan Taco Bar opened this week on Randolph Street. It's operating through a separate company from Parlor Pizza, which is being investigated.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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