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Sara Badilini

20 Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Bars Around Chicago That Will Put You In A Festive Mood

Holiday bars full of decorations and themed drinks and snacks are here — and there's plenty of options for everyone.

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‘Holiday Miracle’ Complete After Baby’s Lost Christkindlmarket Ornaments Find Their Way Home Thanks To A Good Neighbor

Kelly Bee returned the ornaments to Stephani Ramijanc on Thursday morning. "A little holiday miracle," she said.


A Woman Who Found Christkindlmarket Ornaments Downtown Is Hoping To Return Them To Their Owner For A ‘Holiday Miracle’

Kelly Bee found five glittery ornaments a few blocks away from Christkindlmarket. She hopes she can get them back to their owner.


Cleanup Club Chicago, A Volunteer Group Sprucing Up The City, Is Ready To Grow After Collecting Tons Of Trash

The club, born during the pandemic, has 230 members who scour all parts of the city to pick up garbage from public areas.


Cook County Passes 1,000 Homicides For 2021, The Highest Toll In Nearly 3 Decades

The last time Cook County registered more than 1,000 homicides was in 1994.


The Chicago Tool Library Planning A Move After Growing So Fast It’s Run Out Of Space For Donations

The tool library, which allows members to borrow tools or devices, has more than 1,500 members and is growing. Its organizers are looking for a bigger space to hold "twice as many tools."

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Local Shops Across Chicago Host Events For Small Business Saturday

With deals, pop-ups, holly jolly trolleys, tree lightings and free Gluehwein, independent shops are the places to be Saturday.


Shop Local 2021: A Downtown, Near North Side And West Loop Holiday Gift Guide

Asrai Garden has floral arrangements for the flower lover in your life — or you can sign someone up for monthly cupcakes from Sugargoat.


Little Village Vegan Restaurant Donating Food All Week To People Experiencing Homelessness

The Black Vegan aims to give out 75-200 meals through Thanksgiving week. You can send the owner suggestions of people in need or shelters who could use a home-cooked meal.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Navy Pier Opening ‘Light Up The Lake,’ Indoor Lights Experience For The Holidays

The experience will have more than 600,000 lights, a pub, ice rink and more. It runs Friday through Jan. 2.


2,000 Turkeys To Be Donated To Families In Need Sunday As Part Of Chicago Unity Turkey Drive

The turkey giveaway will take place at ten different pop-up locations in neighborhoods around the city.


Not Your Average Christmas Carol: These Dance Carolers Will Bring Holiday Cheer To Your House

Choreographer Mariah Eastman launched the group during the pandemic last winter, when many people were unable to gather for the holidays. The idea was to knock on people's doors and propose a holiday dance instead of singing a carol.

Albany Park

Beloved CPS Sports Announcer ‘Always Went Above And Beyond’ To Call High School Games, Friends Say

Mark Farina was devoted to making Chicago Public League football, basketball and baseball championships a full experience for athletes and fans. He died this week at 61.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Magnificent Mile’s Lights Festival Returning Saturday For Largest Nighttime Parade In US

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which sees the Mag Mile lit up with 1 million holiday lights.


Jazz Fusion Band Performing Saturday At Principle Barbers

The Jeremy Joél Trio will perform at the event, which will also feature a DJ and bar.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Woman Found Dead In Cop’s RV Had Sexual Relationship With Now-Resigned Officer, Report Shows

Treasure Hendrix was last seen alive by the now-resigned officer, who said he had given money to her in the past. Her family says the account he gave investigators doesn't make sense.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Sauced Night Market Is Coming Back, Showcasing Jewelry, Hot Sauce And More From Local Vendors

The Fall Night Market will take place Nov. 19 at House of Vans. The Night Market Before Christmas will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Chicago Athletic Association.


Anti-Cruelty Society Waives Adoption Fees For A Week As It Struggles With Full Shelters

The group's adoption rate for dogs has fallen by 33 percent over the past three months, and its shelters are at capacity.


Comcast Xfinity Internet Outage Created Frustrating Morning Across Chicago — And The United States

Comcast's outage came as many people continue to rely on internet to work or learn from home during the pandemic.


A Bronzeville Family Is Creating A Community Garden To Share Their Love Of Their New Neighborhood

The family moved to Bronzeville in 2018. After seeing a community garden across their street, they applied to expand it through the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

Bronzeville, Near South Side
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