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Patty Wetli

Features contributor

No Such Thing As St. Patty’s Day, Not This Year, Not Ever

"Paddy is derived from the Irish 'Pádraig': the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds," one source said.


A West Side Minigolf Course Is Coming In 2020, But You Can Check Out Plans For It Now In The Pedway

A new exhibit in the Pedway features a diorama and renderings of the student-designed minigolf course, set to open by summer 2020 in Douglas Park.


What Would Greta Buy? Gift Guide For The Tree Huggers And Eco-Warriors On Your List

We rounded up gift ideas that celebrate Mother Nature and support the rescue of Planet Earth.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Let There Be Light! Lawrence Avenue Sears Starting To Look Like Its Old Self Again With New Windows

Renovations to the former department store include the reappearance of second-story windows, covered up for decades.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Julius Meinl Making a Comeback With New Cafe Planned for Lincoln Square

The coffeehouse and patisserie could be open by mid-December.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Want A Thanksgiving Pie? Order It Now, Chicago Bakeries Warn As Pie-mageddon Approaches

Bakers are feverishly whipping up everything from pumpkin to chocolate Nutella pies. There's still time — barely — to place an order.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago’s Unique Bricks, Once Hidden From View And Shunned, Now Front And Center

Chicago's local "common" brick has gone from shabby to chic, and some of the city's most acclaimed architects are on the forefront of a masonry revival.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

How One Man’s Obsession With Chicago Bricks Spawned A Community Of Masonry Nerds

Meet the Guy Behind the Facade of Instagram's @BrickofChicago. Once you've seen brick through Will Quam's eyes, Chicago will never look the same.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Meet The New Bin On The Block, Here To Help You Clean Your Plate And Save The Planet

Block Bins is the newest entrant in the compost collection business. Can an opt-in approach to reducing food waste succeed where recycling's failed?

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Sequel Is Now Filming In North Park

The original "Candyman" horror flick was set in 1990s-era Cabrini-Green. Jordan Peele's updated version is coming for the gentrifiers.

Comedy Central Can’t Get Enough Of ‘South Side,’ Renews Show For Second Season

The comedy, written by Chicagoans and filmed here, "redefines perceptions of Chicago through storytelling and humor."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago’s ‘Underground Donut Tour’ Founder Is Building A Hole Foods Empire Across The Country

Founded in Chicago, Underground Donut Tour has expanded to four additional cities, with more on the way. And it just announced the inaugural Taste of Donuts.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Eve Ewing Brings City’s Dark, Racist History To Light In ‘1919,’ A Collection Of Poems About Chicago’s Race Riots

Whose stories get told? Which histories get taught? Poet Eve Ewing views Chicago's 1919 race riots from a new perspective.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

The Man Behind The Powerful, Disturbing Images Of The 1919 Race Riots Emerges From Obscurity

Like the 1919 riots, the story of Jun Fujita has long been buried. The pioneering photojournalist is now emerging from the shadows of history.

It’s Been 100 Years: Is Chicago Finally Ready To Reckon With the City’s 1919 Race Riots?

Not talking about the 1919 race riots has been the Chicago Way for 100 years, but ignoring one of the ugliest periods in the city's history is hampering its present and future.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

No Air Conditioning? No Sweat: Pro Tips On How To Keep Cool Without AC

Chill your sheets in the fridge, run your AC in short blasts ... and avoid cuddling.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Gardens Bursting With Produce Have Helped Feed West Siders For Decades — Here’s How You Can Join The Food Sovereignty Movement

Help the Austin Green Team continue to flourish by volunteering during Saturday's Food Sovereignty Action Day.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

It’s CTA Vs. NJ Transit In Bracket Battle For Transit Supremacy — Do The East Coast-ers Have A Chance? Fuhgeddaboudit

Sixteen transit agencies entered the inaugural Transit Bracket Challenge. Only two are still standing — Chicago needs your votes to win.

Is Your Garden A Champ? Entries Open For Chicago Gardening Awards — Pretty Plants Not Necessarily Required

How a garden benefits the environment and community is as important as how it looks when it comes to the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards, now open for entries.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square’s Western Avenue Brown Line Plaza Would Get Colorful Overhaul Under Proposed ‘Master Plan’

The transformation of Lincoln Square's most visible public spaces are among the big ticket improvements proposed in a just-released master plan.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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