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At Halfway Point, The Top Vienna Beef Hot Dog Stand Challenge Contestant Has Been To 278 Stands In 4 Weeks

An elite group of five contestants are racing to visit 367 Vienna Beef hot dog stands before the challenge ends in four weeks. The owner of Byron's in Uptown said the contest has helped boost business.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Lucha Libre Luchadores Return For Logan Square Showdown

The luchadores returned to Logan Square after a year off because of the pandemic. “It takes a very rare breed to do this — a very rare breed, indeed," one said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Norwood Park Boy, 12, Battling Cancer Gets To Meet Favorite Sox Players — And Sit In The Best Seat In The House

Brady Nelson, 12, loves baseball — and he might just be Eloy Jiménez's biggest fan.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Battle Of The Badges Offers Much-Needed Afternoon Of Fun, Healing For Chicago’s First Responders

"Settings like this are wonderful to bring the community, police and first responders ... together,” one of the organizers said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Hyde Park Swimmer, 93, Celebrates 60 Years After Becoming First Person To Swim Across Lake Michigan

Ted Erikson is an accomplished swimmer who conquered the English Channel, among other feats — but it's Lake Michigan that always calls him back.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago’s Top Women’s Pro Basketball Players Finally Get A Shot In Their Hometown Tourney: ‘It’s A Blessing’

The Chi-League pro-am highlights talented local players who can grow the game and serve as role models to young kids of all genders. 

Citywide

Stepping Up For Players Who Get Overlooked, Coach’s Fil-Am Nation Basketball Program Lands Players On Teams Worldwide

“Who am I to turn down these kids?” says coach Jo Gotangco. “I had dreams of playing at a higher level. And if I can bring a kid to fulfill the dream ... that’s the reward."

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

‘Super Authentic Chicago Basketball’: Chi-League Pro-Am Returns With Gym Full Of Stars After 4-Year Break

NBA stars and other pro players joined up-and-coming Chicago basketball players at the tournament at Chicago State University.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

West Siders Are Using Baseball To Create A Safe Haven For Kids On The Diamond — And To Protest Gun Violence

Garfield Park Little League teamed up with The BASE Chicago to hold an anti-violence protest followed by a baseball game for kids.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Podcaster Who Insisted Sox Will Never Hire La Russa Bikes From New York To Chicago To Atone For ‘Stupid’ Promise

Last fall, podcaster Jake Mintz made a bold and ultimately dead-wrong declaration about the White Sox hiring Tony La Russa. He just biked from New York to Chicago to honor a pledge.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

After 10 Years On The Bench, Park District Revives Co-Ed 16-Inch Softball: ‘We Got To Bring The Game Back’

“I cannot think of anything in Chicago more historical than the Daley family and 16-inch softball,” said George Bliss, curator of the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Talen Horton-Tucker Started Playing Ball At Loyola Park. Now An NBA Champ, He’s Giving Back With A Camp For Chicago Kids

“Our city is crying out for help right now, and these are the young men that can come back and help us," Horton-Tucker's high school coach said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

South Side Teens Going To Play At The ‘Field Of Dreams’ — And They Have A Plan: Show ‘Black Kids Can Play Baseball, Too’

Baseball has been enduringly white — but a team of Black teens from the South Side is showing they're leaders on and off the field.

Roseland, Pullman

Chicago’s Fastest Kids Crowned At Pullman’s New Game-Changing, $53.6 Million Track And Field Center

For a city that often lacks basic track equipment and proper indoor running spaces, the newest doors of Gately Park open year-round opportunities.

Roseland, Pullman

Simeon’s Trey Butler Is Carrying On His Family’s Love For Baseball — And Working To Make It To The Major Leagues

After learning the sport on the fields of West Englewood and Auburn Gresham, Trey was selected by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association for the All-State Team. He's the only freshman to receive this year’s honor.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

First-Ever East Side Pride Parade Brings Message Of Solidarity To Neighborhood: ‘We’re Not Invisible Here’

“People used to say: We’re as rough and tough as the steel that we pumped out of these steel mills. But because of that image, we were always told there’s a certain traditional lifestyle we must live to,” an organizer said.

South Chicago, East Side

Hyde Park Golfer Mulbe Dillard IV Fulfills Lifelong Dream By Going Pro, Inspiring Young Black Golfers Along The Way

Mulbe Dillard IV started an academy at Jackson Park Course to help the next generation of Chicago golfers. Now, he’s setting an example as a pro chasing the PGA Tour.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Bears Should Focus On ‘Being Relevant Past October’ And Stop Threatening To Move To Arlington Heights, Mayor Lightfoot Says

The Bears submitted a bid to buy the closing Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights. Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed it as "clearly a negotiating tactic."

South Loop

Morgan Park Mustangs Honored With Parade, Pep Rally After Winning City High School Baseball Championship

The Mustangs won the 2021 championship Saturday, defeating rival Simeon in a two-day, rain-delayed thriller. Thursday, the Far South Side community celebrated.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Clemente High School’s Baseball Team Finishes First Season Since Pandemic Hit With Big Win: ‘As A Team, We Never Gave Up Hope’

The Wildcats' dramatic win in their last game was an emotional end to a season after spending a year sidelined by the pandemic.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale