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City Grange Opening Plant And Garden Pop-Up In Edgewater’s Historical Granville Pictures Storefront

City Grange hopes the pop-up will generate enough support to open a permanent shop in the Granville Pictures location in Edgewater, which closed in 2017 after 90 years.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Giving $22 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funds To Eligible Businesses And Nonprofits

The Chi Biz Strong grant program will provide financial relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits taking in less than $3 million in revenue.


Timuel Black Honored At Homegoing Funeral Service In Hyde Park: ‘He Had An Unquenchable Spirit Of Hope’

Black, the iconic civil rights activist and educator, died just shy of his 103rd birthday earlier this month.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

CTA To Attach Brown Line To New Belmont Bypass Beginning This Weekend — But It Will Cause Major Disruptions At Belmont

Free shuttle buses will be running between Belmont and Southport beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday, and between Belmont and Irving Park at 4 a.m. Sunday.


Logan Theatre’s Annual Costume Party And Contest Is Friday, With ‘Beetlejuice’ Screening To Follow

The contest has three categories — original, unique and spooky — with the top three winners in each getting prizes.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Southwest Side Woman Eats At 367 Hot Dog Stands In Just 5 Weeks To Become Vienna Beef Hot Stand Challenge Winner

The winner visited an average of 10 stands per day to claim the top prize in just five weeks. She'll use part of her prize to help kids and older people through her Park District work.


Take Home A New Furry Friend This Weekend At Pop-Up Dog Adoption Event With Animal Control

Chicago Animal Care and Control is partnering with the Amazon Pop Up in Chicago and the BISSELL Pet Foundation to find homes for dozens of dogs this weekend.


Chance The Rapper And Common Push For Parole In Illinois: It ‘Will Begin To Correct The Harms Of Long-Term Incarceration’

The rappers urged state lawmakers to pass a bill to make people eligible for parole after they’ve served at least 20 years in prison. 

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Coldstone Creamery Owner Opens Another Bite, A Rogers Park Brunch Spot Offering Mix-And-Match Breakfast Staples

Owner John Thomas, a South Side native, said Coldstone's model of allowing customers to choose multiple toppings inspired his new brunch restaurant.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Andersonville Oddities Shop Offering Reward For Stolen Skeleton: ‘We Just Want It Back’

The shop owners returned from vacation and found the human skeleton was missing from its display case at Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

The Field Museum Needs Your Help This Weekend To Catalog And Share Its Massive Collection

The effort is part of WeDigBio, where members of the public get to review Field specimens and enter information about them into an online database.


Lions Have Finally Returned To Lincoln Park Zoo After Nearly 2 Years: ‘A Place To Learn And Love And Grow’

People can see the zoo's four lions — as well as red pandas, snow leopards and other creatures — at its newly reopened habitat.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Sculpture Designed By Renowned Zhou Brothers Honors Chinatown Organizer ‘Bernie’ Wong

Brothers DaHuang and ShanZou Zhou designed the 12-foot sculpture to honor the founder of the Chinese American Service League, who died in April.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Look Inside Historical Pullman Homes This Weekend At 48th Annual House Tour Event

"You see the outside and you truly can't imagine what's inside behind those doors," said Pullman resident Margaret Kania, who attended the house tours for many years before moving there. Her home is featured in the tour this year.

Roseland, Pullman

Walk, Run Or Bike To Garfield Park This Weekend For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday's market is the second-to-last neighborhood market hosted by the Garfield Park Community Council for the year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

His ‘Hoop Hard’ Basketball Leagues Are A Hit In Englewood. Now, He’s Fundraising For A Community Center

"It's time for me to take this to another level," said Larry Daniels, founder of Hoop Hard Or Get Off The Court.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Lincoln Square Native American Musical Showcase Part Of Push To Establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day In Chicago

The Old Town School of Folk Music is hosting its third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Concert Oct. 13.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

PAWS Chicago Bringing Free Pet And COVID-19 Vaccinations To Back Of The Yards This Weekend

The free vaccinations will be available for residents and pets of Back of the Yards, Englewood, West Englewood and Woodlawn on Saturday.

Back of the Yards

After Feeding 2 Million People During Pandemic, New Life Centers Opens Food Distribution Hub In Little Village

Another feature of the marketplace and food distribution center will be a large mural spanning one of the building's outside walls. The mural features bright colors and depicts themes of togetherness across racial divides.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Race Against Gun Violence Shows Need For On-The-Ground Violence Prevention, Organizers Say

This year's virtual race will have participants running or walking wherever they feel comfortable, including parks, bike paths and treadmills.

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