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Mina Bloom

Logan Square, Humboldt Park & Avondale reporter

Facing Backlash For Abruptly Changing How District Reports COVID-19 In Schools, CPS CEO Says: ‘It Wasn’t Ill Intent At All’

District officials said the new way of tracking COVID-19 cases will give a more accurate view of how the pandemic affects schools. But CPS CEO Pedro Martinez acknowledged the unannounced change was confusing.

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Couple Behind Acclaimed Pop-Up Thattu At Politan Row Bringing South Indian Flavors To Avondale

After four years of successful pop-ups, Margaret Pak and Vinod Kalathil are going brick-and-mortar. Thattu is opening at 3118 N. Rockwell St. later this year.

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Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.


Facing Rise In Crime, Victims And Leaders In Logan Square, Humboldt Park Say Systemic Fixes Needed — Not More Police

Neighborhoods across the city have recorded big increases in homicides and carjackings since the start of the pandemic. Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale, the city’s gentrification hot spots, have not been spared.

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Scammer Made And Canceled Reservations, Changed Hours And Made Life Miserable At New Logan Square Restaurant, Owner Says

Mexican restaurant Ocaso got off to a rough start. Reservations kept getting canceled. Confused customers would call and cite the wrong hours of operation or a fake Facebook page. The owner says a scammer is to blame.

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Avondale’s Elston Avenue Sees Flurry Of Proposals With 40-Unit Complex, Commercial Building And Condos

The three Elston Avenue projects are the latest development proposals to hit Avondale, which is drawing more condos, apartments and retail projects.

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Lost Lake Fans Flock To Popular Tropical Cocktail Bar For A Final Sendoff: ‘This One Definitely Hurts’

The cold and snow didn't deter longtime customers, who lined up Friday evening for to-go cocktails, merch, and to drink daiquiris under the pink neon lights one last time.

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Scooters Are Coming Back To Chicago, But They Won’t Be Allowed On The 606 Trail

The scooters, which are arriving in the spring, will also be banned on the lakefront path and the riverwalk.

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Open Books Bringing Huge Nonprofit Bookstore To Logan Square

Literacy nonprofit Open Books is taking over an old furniture store on Milwaukee Avenue with the goal of opening in the spring.

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Who Killed Suraj Mahadeva? Devastated Family, Friends Seek Justice After Seemingly Random Logan Square Killing

Police, friends and family have no idea why anyone would have targeted Mahadeva. They are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 26-year-old's killer.

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Bike Lanes, Alley Fixes Or Repaired Sidewalks? You Can Vote On How To Spend $1M In The 35th Ward Through Monday

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is among several alderpeople who give residents a say in how aldermanic menu money is spent. This year's potential projects include shared bike lanes, road repairs and more.

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Avondale Residents Push To Rename Plaza In Honor Of Neighborhood’s Vanishing Polish Identity

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) is backing an ordinance to rename Woodard Plaza as Solidarity Triangle, a nod to the 1980s Polish solidarity movement.

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Logan Square Dad Killed In Christmas Day Shooting: ‘He Had A Big Old Smile That Never Stopped’

Giovanni Lozano, 24, was killed in a shooting in the 3000 block of North Avers Avenue. "He should've never gone out this way. ... He was loved by so many, and he's missed very much."

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2022 Brings New Laws To Illinois: Here’s What You Need To Know

From a ban on hair discrimination to new rules about getting takeout, 2022 laws will change how Chicagoans eat at restaurants, how they're educated and more.


Hermosa Restaurant Shifts To Carryout Due To Vax Card Mandate: ‘It’s Difficult Enough To Ask Them To Wear A Mask’

Requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination is too much for family-owned Tacotlán, co-owner Jessica Perjes said. The restaurant is now only open for carryout and delivery.

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Humboldt Park’s Read/Write Library Asks For Help As Community Hub Seeks New Home

Founder Nell Taylor said the landlord plans to sell the building. Now, Taylor is raising money to fund a new location, hopefully nearby.

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100 People Gather To Mourn Suraj Mahadeva, Logan Square Resident Killed In Shooting: ‘He Was Such A Rare Person’

Loved ones said one of Mahadeva's defining characteristics was his selflessness. A medical technician by day, he volunteered in his free time, teaching kids with autism how to swim and helping young Chicagoans experiencing homelessness.

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El Archivo Photo Project To Preserve Chicago’s Puerto Rican LGBTQ History Thanks To A Grant

The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance recently won a $25,000 grant to build an archive around Puerto Rican and Latinx LGBTQ history in Chicago.

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Family Of Slain Logan Square Man Searches For Answers After Seemingly Random Palmer Square Shooting

Medical technician and volunteer Suraj Mahadeva, 26, was shot on his friend's porch over the weekend. His grief-stricken family is asking anyone with information to come forward.

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Landbirds, A Korean Chicken Wing Spot, Closes After 3 Years In Logan Square

In just a few years, the unassuming counter joint at 2532 N. California Ave. became a go-to spot for neighbors and foodies alike.

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