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‘I’m Undeniable’: Whitney McMorris Is One Of Chicago’s Few Black Women Leading A Kitchen

Whitney McMorris has sharpened her skills in Chicago for nearly 12 years and is ready to take on a new challenge of curating fine dining menus at the Magnificent Mile’s glitzy French brasserie, Venteux.

Downtown

Bill Conway, Former Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate, Launches Bid For Alderman Of A New Downtown Ward

The new 34th Ward will includes parts of Downtown and the West Loop. The territory was shifted under the new ward map, and current Ald. Carrie Austin plans to retire, so there is no incumbent for the City Council seat in 2023.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Sexual Predator Groping Women Downtown Speeds Away On His E-Skateboard, Escapes Neighbor Chasing Him Through Sunda

Multiple women say they have been attacked by a man on a one-wheel motorized skateboard who approached them from behind and groped them. It's "traumatizing," one victim said.

Downtown

Chicago Inks $422 Million Deal To Start Shifting City Buildings, Operations To Clean Energy By 2025

The city will partially power the airports, Harold Washington Library, the Jardine Water Purification Plant and other buildings with solar energy from a new Downstate plant.

Citywide

River North Neighbors’ Group Raising Money After COVID-19 Set It Back Financially

The River North Residents Association is raising $100,000 to sustain its work after it pivoted to a new festival format that didn't attract as many attendees as organizers hoped.

Near North Side, River North

Damen Green Line ‘L’ Station Work To Begin This Month 5 Years After Project Announced

The new station at Lake Street and Damen Avenue is meant to fill a 1-1/2 mile gap between existing Green Line stations and will serve people traveling to the United Center.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

MAD Social Closes West Loop Restaurant After Six Years

Gina Stefani, who opened the restaurant in 2016, said the decision to close was based on post-pandemic staffing issues and inflation.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

New West Loop Fest Coming To Madison Street Next Month

The first Madison Row Fest will bring music, art, games and neighborhood bingo to Madison Street in September.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lollapalooza 2022 Ends With Fewer Arrests, Hospitalizations Than In Past Years, Officials Say

Fifteen people were arrested at the popular four-day music festival, which brought 400,000 people to Grant Park.

Citywide

Lollapalooza Security Guard Faked Mass Shooting Threat To Leave Work Early, Prosecutors Say

The security guard was charged with making a false terrorist threat for allegedly circulating two fake messages, one of which said "Mass shooting at 4 pm location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets."

Downtown

Pink Taco Laid Off Staff After Pledging Jobs At Parent Company’s New River North Restaurant, Employees Say

Three former workers said they were told they'd be paid while the restaurant was being renovated. Instead, they all lost their jobs.

Near North Side, River North

Chicago NASCAR Race Will Take Over Most Of Grant Park For Two Weeks, Report Says

A report reveals next year's NASCAR race will include a two-week takeover of Grant Park, though Park District officials say they will make sure public access is "minimally impacted."

Downtown

Pedicab Crackdown Would Limit Rides At Navy Pier, But Drivers Say It Would Be ‘Devastating’ For Business

If approved, pedicabs would not be allowed to operate 6 p.m.-9 a.m. at the tourist hot spot.

Near North Side, River North

As Lollapalooza Opens, Activists Threaten Federal Lawsuit Over Chicago’s Youth Curfew

The curfew unfairly targets Black and Brown youth and keeps them from Downtown while white residents and visitors get a pass for events like Lolla, organizers said.

Downtown

Randolph Street Market Is Back With Vintage Art, Jewelry, Decor And More This Weekend

The world-class market returns with 175 vendors from across North America. The market runs Saturday and Sunday.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Here’s What A Soldier Field Dome Could Look Like Under Mayor Lightfoot’s Latest Proposal To Keep Bears In Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled three proposals to overhaul Soldier Field, including converting it into a dome.

Downtown

River North Group Wants Bally’s Casino To Scrap Riverfront Music Venue For A Public Park

Bally's officials said they'd consider the group's push for a park as negotiations continue. "I like to go to concerts but not across the street from my house,” one River North leader said.

Downtown

Cops Can Use Drag Racing Videos To Impound Cars Under New Crackdown Ordinance

The ordinance, introduced by Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, also allows officers to impound cars without the owner present and boosts fines for people caught racing or drifting.

Citywide

Here’s What Bally’s Temporary Casino At Medinah Temple Could Look Like

Medinah Temple, a landmark, won't see changes to its exterior if it hosts the temporary casino — but its three-story interior will be renovated, officials said.

Near North Side, River North

NASCAR Races Are Coming To Chicago’s Streets Next Year — Here’s The Course

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the excitement around NASCAR races in Chicago is "off the charts." But one Downtown alderman isn't on board as the City Council is poised to crack down on drag racing and drifting throughout Chicago.

Downtown
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