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Mag Mile Event Series Kicks Off Thursday, Featuring Music, Shopping, Dining And More

Popup concerts and outdoor events are just some of the fun the public can enjoy on the Mag Mile this summer.

Downtown

After Pandemic Adoption Boom, People Are Ditching Their Backyard Chickens. Local Rescue Groups Are Trying To Save Them

The Chicago Roo Crew is seeing more people than usual getting rid of their birds — a difficulty on top of trying to pay off vet bills for the birds they already care for.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

After Driver Badly Hurt In Logan Square Hit-And-Run, Family Wonders Why No Arrest Despite Insurance Claim Filed For Other Car

Mario Cruz was left with broken ribs, bleeding in his brain and a collapsed lung. Police haven't yet arrested the other driver.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Little Library Debuts In Little Village, Offering Free Books In English And Spanish

The free community library outside La Villita Community Church was organized by church members and built, decorated and installed by youth groups.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

For 1 Day Only, Get A Discounted Registration For This Year’s AIDS Run & Walk

For 24 hours starting July 24, registration will be $24. The fundraiser benefits groups helping Chicagoans living with AIDS/HIV and chronic illnesses.

Citywide

Wicker Park’s Volumes Bookcafe Fundraising For Permanent Home: ‘Look, We’re Here To Stay’

Sisters Rebecca and Kimberly George say they have a new location in mind for the popular Wicker Park book shop — they just need a little more help to buy it.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

New Program Will Help South, West Side Teens Stay Safe This Summer — And It’s Hiring Youths

Youth will be paired with community groups at safe events with free food, DJs and more. The community groups are hiring.

Citywide

City Colleges Of Chicago Offering Scholarships, Free Laptops For 2020 CPS Grads

The scholarship offers students $1,000 and a free laptop if they graduated from CPS, among other requirements.

Citywide

Divvy Expanding Across Northwest, Southwest Sides With More Stations And Bike Lanes Coming

Chicago has the largest bike-share system in the United States, and it is looking to expand, officials said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Little Village Church Plans To Celebrate New Little Library With Taco Party Sunday

Kids will be able to get free books, and there will be games at the noon Sunday event.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

94-Year-Old New To You Thrift Store In Rogers Park Reopens After Pandemic Closure: ‘People Love This Place’

New to You Thrift Shop inside the United Church of Rogers Park has sold some of the neighborhood's best used wares for nearly a century, from waffle makers to saris to vinyl.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Has One Of The Country’s Longest-Running Black-Owned Gay Bars — And It’s On The South Side

South Shore's Jeffery Pub has primarily served Chicago's Black and brown LGBTQ+ community for nearly 60 years. "I try to let them know this is a safe haven for them."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicagoans Can Discover Hidden Art All Over The Loop With Self-Guided Mural Walk

Until Labor Day, Chicagoans can go on the self-guided Loop Mural Walk that features artwork along three routes.

Downtown

The Shedd Aquarium Wants Your Help Naming This Giant Pacific Octopus

Guests can vote on names like Anderson and Knapp for the new octopus from June 28 to July 4.

Downtown

Navy Pier Celebrating Pride At Saturday Event With Live Music, Drag Queen Story Hour And More

Navy Pier is hosting a Price celebration Saturday with a fireworks show, music and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Downtown

Lions Will Come Roaring Back To Chicago This Fall In Lincoln Park Zoo’s Renovated Habitat

Ziplines that bring food to the lions, simulating prey, have been installed, and there are lots of shady spots for the big cats.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Live Music, Food And Drinks Will Be Available At Copernicus Center’s Summer Concert Series

The concerts will take place Saturdays July 10-Aug. 28 at the center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Juneteenth In Chicago: Here Are 30+ Marches, Picnics, Parades And More To Celebrate

Chicagoans can celebrate Juneteenth all weekend at dozens of events around the city.

Citywide