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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

Art Of The Late Gregory Bae Goes On Exhibit At Museum Of Contemporary Art

The exhibit inspired by Bae, a classically trained painter and 2012 graduate of the Art Institute, examines time in 10 pieces.

Downtown

After Another Chaotic Drag Racing Weekend, Aldermen Push To Impound Cars

City Council will vote on a proposal Wednesday that would give police the power to impound cars used in drag racing, using videos and social media as evidence.

Downtown

Maple & Ash Co-Owner Refused 6-Figure Payment, Company Will Not Be Turned Over To Neutral Manager, Judge Rules

A judge denied one of the owner's requests to give him at least $500,000 as he battles to regain control of the restaurant empire.

Near North Side, River North

No More After-Hours Bars In River North? Alderman Looks To Kill 5 AM Licenses As Area Struggles With Shootings

Bar owners say they're not to blame for shootings, pointing to crowds drinking on the streets and open-air drug deals on corners. “We’re short-handed and being overrun by criminals.”

Near North Side, River North

2 Restaurants In The Maple & Ash Empire Close Amid Legal Battle Between Owners

Café Sophie in Chicago and a restaurant in California have both closed as co-owners David Pisor and James Lasky continue to battle for control of What If Syndicate.

Downtown

Union Station’s $400+ Million Makeover Awaits Federal Cash That Mayor, Durbin Urge Feds To Approve

Station renovations would include adding express escalators and related work would add rail service from O'Hare Airport to McCormick Place.

Downtown

Katie Holmes, A Hidden Trump Tower And Bread Girl: Our Favorite Easter Eggs In City’s Museum Campus Renderings

We couldn't help but notice some special guests and hidden gems in the city's renderings for the new improvements for Chicago's Museum Campus. What did you find?

Downtown

Here’s What An Overhauled Museum Campus Would Look Like To Keep The Bears (Dome Not Included)

Recommendations include upgrades to Soldier Field, increased accessibility to various portions of the campus and restoring Northerly Island.

Downtown

Taste Of Chicago, Summer Fests Slashing Fees, Offering Incentives To Lure Restaurants Struggling With Staff Shortages

Without enough staff, restaurants are opting out of fests. The city's summer fests are offering stipends, ending tickets and finding workers to help more vendors participate.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

A Dome Over Soldier Field? Mayor’s Special Committee Poised To Pitch Roof Recommendation, Report Says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has not "formally" received her working group's report on how to keep the Bears in Chicago and renovate the Museum Campus.

Downtown

Maple & Ash Investors Sue Co-Owners After Co-Owners Sue Each Other For Control Of Restaurant Empire

The "nasty, salacious" dispute between Maple & Ash's owners has some investors worried the Chicago and Scottsdale restaurants could close, according to a lawsuit.

Downtown

Downtown Block Sees 2nd Mass Shooting Since May, With 2 Killed, 3 Wounded Friday

Four people were shot and wounded in the same area in May. “Two times in the last two months is really alarming, and I hope it doesn’t become the new normal,” a resident said.

Downtown

Pink Taco Closing This Weekend After 4 Years In River North

The restaurant in the old Bull & Bear space is calling it quits after four years on Wells Street. Its last day is Sunday.

Near North Side, River North

Downtown Residents Say ‘Stinkin’ Loud’ Lollapalooza Turns Their Alleys Into Public Toilets

Ald. Sophia King (4th) told neighbors Lolla is always going to be loud, but she's working with organizers on some sort of sound limit for the stages. Residents want more port-a-potties on site, too.

Downtown

Celebrate Greek Culture At Gold Coast Greek Fest This Weekend

The festival at Annunciation Cathedral will feature Greek food, games for young children and free nightly entertainment.

Downtown

Ken Griffin, Illinois’ Richest Man, Moving Citadel Headquarters To Miami

Around 300 Citadel employees are expected to move to the Miami headquarters within a year. The company will still maintain its Downtown Chicago office.

Downtown
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