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Chicago’s Controversial New Ward Map Approved With 16 Black, 14 Latino Wards

The map also includes the first majority-Asian American ward. A last-minute compromise to redraw the city's 50 wards came days before a deadline that would have sent the issue to voters.

Citywide

West Loop’s Madison Street Safety Plan Would Add Speed Bumps And Pedestrian Upgrades — But No Bike Lanes

After a driver killed a cyclist there, some neighbors want to know why the plan to make Madison Street safer doesn't include bike lanes.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Neighbors Slam Bally’s River West Casino Plan Once Again As City Closes In On Finalizing Deal

Residents said Thursday's town hall read like the riverfront Bally's casino is a "done deal." “We are connected to you — or we will be connected to you if we are successful,” Bally's Chairman Soo Kim said.

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Missing UIC Student Natally Brookson Found Dead; Boyfriend Still Missing

A body found May 2 in Lake Michigan was identified as 22-year-old Natally Brookson. Her boyfriend, Daniel Sotelo, who disappeared around the same time, is missing. His family is hosting a search party Sunday.

Citywide

In Wake Of Downtown Shootings, Chicago Loop Alliance Considers Doubling Street Ambassador Program

The Chicago Loop Alliance uses ambassadors and private security to keep the area safe — but more police officers are also needed, a leader said.

Downtown

Rainforest Cafe Weed Dispensary Plan Lacks True Equity, Activists Say: We’re ‘Done With Tokenism’

One of the companies behind the dispensary recently tapped former Ald. Terry Peterson, who is Black, as its CEO. But Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change leaders said that's not enough, and asked the dispensary to commit to a community benefits agreement.

Near North Side, River North

Fast-Tracked Chicago Casino Is The Parking Meter Deal All Over Again, Ald. Says As He Vows To Fight It

Ald. Brendan Reilly wants City Council to pump the brakes. "The last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up on our faces and it was called the parking meter deal."

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‘Disappointed But Not Surprised’: Outraged Alderman, Neighbors Pledge To Lobby Against Bally’s As Chicago’s 1st Casino

Lightfoot's pick is the Tribune Publishing site on the Chicago River — and aldermen are accusing her of sidestepping the city's casino committee. "Tired of these false, zero-sum choices that Chicago mayors have been setting up for decades," one tweeted.

Downtown

Chicago Casino Will Be Bally’s In River West At Tribune Publishing Plant, Lightfoot Announces

Neighboring alderpeople and resident groups have fought the casino, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced it as the winning pick Thursday. She still needs City Council and a state agency to sign off on the plan.

Citywide

Lightfoot Set To Announce Casino Pick As Critics Question The Selection Process

The mayor is widely expected to choose the Bally’s River West proposal over the loud objections of neighbors and some aldermen.

Citywide

Green City Market Opens Saturday In West Loop — A Month Early After Eager Fans Flooded It With Donations

Green City Market in the West Loop will feature 14 local farmers and food producers every Saturday through Nov. 19.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Northwestern Ends Lockdown At Downtown Campus After Police Arrest Driver In Suspected Carjacking Who Fled Traffic Stop

The university sent out a shelter in place order around 2 p.m., and cancelled it around 20 minutes later.

Downtown

Federal Workers Are Returning To The Loop, Bringing Much-Needed Business Back To Downtown Restaurants

Restaurants that relied on the Downtown lunch crowd struggled to get by when the pandemic sent hundreds of thousands of workers home. Federal agencies began bringing workers back to offices last month.

Downtown

Fulton Market Development Bringing Nearly 300 Apartments, Hotel Rooms, Office And Retail Space To Bustling Neighborhood

The three-pronged development on Green Street will including a hotel, residential, office and retail space.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Reader Stalemate Ends As Co-Owner Leonard Goodman Steps Down

Following months of backlash related to a vaccine column he wrote, co-owner Leonard Goodman agreed to step aside, allowing the Chicago Reader to become a nonprofit.

Citywide

Labor Unions Slam Chicago’s Casino Plans, Demand A Living Wage For Workers

None of the three casino finalists have signed a labor agreement with the city's powerful unions, leaders said. City officials also revealed they're trying to get more up-front cash from a casino to help with the 2023 budget.

Citywide

Get SAUCED At This Free Pop-Up Night Market Returning To The West Loop Next Month

The Spring Night Market will take place May 13-14 at House of Vans and will include 45 local vendors.

Downtown

Chicago Reader Staff Protest At Co-Owner’s Home As Nonprofit Deal Stalls: ‘This Is Worth Saving’

Staff and supporters protested in front of co-owner Leonard C. Goodman's home, calling on him to transfer the Reader to a nonprofit. The impasse began when Goodman wrote a column about having reservations about vaccinating his child against COVID-19.

Citywide

Bicyclist Dies Days After Driver Hit Him In West Loop, Dragged His Bike Under Car, Officials Say

Bicyclist Paresh Dinesh Chhatrala had been hospitalized after the crash. The driver tried to take off but was stopped by witnesses, police said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

3 Of The Alderpeople Who Represent Potential Casino Sites Don’t Want A Casino In Their Ward

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. is the latest to say he doesn't want a gambling mecca in his ward. Bally’s is lobbying to build a casino at the prime Tribune Publishing site in River West.

Near North Side, River North
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