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Will Private Lot Booting Expand Citywide? Aldermen Could Decide — After Collecting Campaign Cash From Booting Company

The owner of the city's primary private booting company, Michael Denigris of Innovative Park Solutions, has made $11,250 in campaign contributions to aldermen ahead of the vote.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Salt Shed’s First Indoor Lineup Includes Flaming Lips, Bikini Kill, Iggy Pop, The Roots

The concert hall inside the former Morton Salt warehouse near Goose Island opens Feb. 17.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Ivy Hall, One Of Illinois’ First Black-Owned Pot Dispensaries, Opens In Bucktown

Ivy Hall opened Friday. It holds one of the first two social equity licenses issued by the State of Illinois for recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s ‘Original’ Live Band Karaoke Celebrates 20 Years With Wicker Park Homecoming Party

The band has played everywhere from basement gigs to football stadiums, letting people sing their favorite songs with a full backing band. Their anniversary show is Saturday at Piece Pizzeria and Brewery.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Open Books Pop-Up Returns To Ukrainian Village For Holiday Season

The store will feature new and used books at low prices. It's also accepting donations — especially of children's books — to support the nonprofit's literacy initiatives.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

After Months Of Attacks, Victims Of Serial Sexual Predator Near Wicker Park Fed Up With Slow Police Response

Women have reported being attacked by a man who has exposed himself and sometimes chased or yelled at them. "The police really haven't done anything," a victim said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Roberto Clemente High School Unveils ‘Vibrant’ New Library After Winning Contest

The school received thousands of votes in support of the makeover this summer. It got new books, shelves, furniture, a mural and more.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Supreme’s First Chicago Store Is Opening In Wicker Park At Former Hollywood Cleaners Location

The streetwear brand is opening its store Thursday, company leaders announced.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Ukrainian Village Boutique Squasht Reopens Months After Fire

Owner Lesley Timpe has overhauled the store, where she's sold handmade clothes — including her own — for more than a decade.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Council Passes $16.4 Billion 2023 Budget That Avoids Property Tax Increase

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's "stability budget" passed Monday after criticism from progressive and conservative members of City Council.

Citywide

Heading Out To Vote Tuesday? Here’s What You Need To Know About Finding Accessible Polling Places

Most voters with disabilities can use "the vast majority" of polling places sites in each ward, elections and accessibility experts say.

Citywide

Wicker Park’s Flat Iron Arts Building Sells To New Owners For First Time In 3 Decades

The building has long been home to artist studios, performance spaces and other businesses. New owners plan to keep the studios in place while focusing on bringing in more retail.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Miami-Themed Bar Wynwood Closes In Wicker Park After 3 Years On Milwaukee Avenue

"For Rent" signs have been posted outside the bar and restaurant, which sits near the heart of Wicker Park.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Hideout Will Close Until 2023 After Ex-Employee Says Venue Was A Toxic Workplace, Performers Cancel Shows

The Hideout will go on hiatus starting next week. Owners hope to reopen in 2023 "with new leadership, and a commitment to a healthy, supportive and respectful organizational culture."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Bucktown’s Ehrler Park Reopens With New Playground Equipment After Neighbors Spearhead Fundraising

Neighbors worked with Ald. Scott Waguespack and the Park District to fund the almost $500,000 project. They hope to raise more money to install a turf field.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Town’s Talcott Elementary Completes Playground Renovation And Opens It To Public For Some Hours

The $1.4 million project was 15 years in the making. Neighbors will be able to use the space in the evenings after school and on weekends.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

2,200 Apartments And Hotel Are Coming Near Bally’s Chicago Casino Site In River West

The massive development within walking distance of Bally's $1.7 billion casino on the Chicago River was approved by City Council Wednesday.

West Loop

Lightfoot Proposes Annual Raises For Mayor, City Treasurer And City Clerk

The push would give the mayor a yearly "cost of living" increase tied to inflation, with the option to opt out, Lightfoot said. The mayor currently makes about $216,000.

Citywide

Lightfoot And Mayoral Hopeful Sophia King Spar After Council Votes Down Mayor’s Pick For Committee

Lightfoot nominated Ald. James Cappleman to head the city's education committee over King, who is running for mayor and serves as the acting chair of the committee. The measure failed.

Citywide

Ex-Hideout Employee Says Bucktown Venue Was A Toxic Workplace, Leading To Performers Canceling Shows

A former Hideout program director said he was spit on by a customer and felt he was hired so owners could "trade" on his racial identity. Hideout's leaders said they take the complaints seriously and are committed to doing better.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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