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Road Salt Hurts Chicago’s Rivers, Experts Say. Here’s How You Can Help Fight Chloride Pollution

Road salt keeps traffic moving in winter, but some of it ends up washing into lakes and streams, threatening animals and contaminating drinking water supplies, an expert said.


My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Decorate King Drive For Holidays

Nonprofit leaders want to decorate 500 homes this year. You can sign up to help, donate lights or supplies or contribute money to the annual effort.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Can A Sticker Help Scare Off Carjackers? Sheriff’s Office Says It Can — And Help Track Your Car If It’s Stolen

Residents who fill out the form will be mailed two stickers that say "tracked vehicle," in hopes they can ward off would-be robbers.


Community Bike Ride Through Bridgeport Aims To Make Area Safer For Cyclists

The bike ride will take attendees along Ping Tom Park, Eleanor Street Boathouse, the 33rd Street viaduct and Archer Avenue Bridge. It's being organized by aldermanic candidate Ambria Taylor.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

Lightfoot Blames Her Security For Parking In Bike Lane: ‘They Shouldn’t Have Done It. Period’

The Mayor's Office had previously not replied to requests for comment about photos of her security parking in a bike lane so she could buy doughnuts.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Mayor Lightfoot’s Car Caravan Parked In A Bike Lane So She Could Buy Doughnuts, Bike Advocates Say

Photos shared by a bike advocacy group showed cars parked in a bike lane outside Roeser's Bakery and what appeared to be Lightfoot inside Roeser's. "It is just egregious," one cyclist said.


A Pilsen Ceramic Studio Is Selling Empty Bowls Through Saturday To Support Food Pantries

The Empty Bowl fundraiser is a reminder "some of us have empty bowls during mealtimes," according to the website. People can pick up their food-safe bowls Saturday afternoon at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Here’s How A Local Group Is Reviving The Chicago River’s Freshwater Mussels

Urban Rivers has helped reproduce more than 1,500 mussels, which improve the water quality by filter feeding and removing pollutants, an organizer said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

With Fewer Polling Places And Translators, Non-English Speaking Voters Could Be Discouraged, Advocates Say

There are fewer bilingual judges and polling places, putting more strain on community organizers, they said: "We don't want to disorient these folks, because voters are already fickle."


Gene Siskel Film Center Will Kick Off Its 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Friday

The festival strives to present a celebration of independent films that tell the stories and explore the history and heritage of the global Black experience.


Chicago Teachers Can Now Attend Free Workshops To Better Teach Asian American History

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is hosting the free seminars to introduce educators to Asian American-centered themes and teaching tools.


Chicago’s Blues History To Be Honored And Explored During Chicago History Museum Bus Tour Saturday

Chicago long was a hub for playing, recording and creating blues music.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Environmental Activists Led Tour Around McKinley Park To Spark Conversations About Environmental Justice

The tour was intended to raise awareness of environmental racism and how some prioritize industry over marginalized people, an organizer said.

McKinley Park

Northalsted’s Legacy Walk Will Induct 3 New LGBTQ Icons This Weekend

New bronze plaques will honor transgender medical researcher Dr. Alan Hart, gay AIDS activist and political cartoonist Daniel Sotomayor, and Jose Sarria, founder of the Imperial Court, one of the oldest LGBT groups.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Check Out Lincoln Square And Ravenswood During Open House Chicago

This year's fest includes tours of All Saints' Episcopal Church, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and more.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Chicago Public Art Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Exhibition, Documentary Screening

The group is honoring its 50th anniversary with an exhibition titled "Our Passion's Humanity," which is on display through Oct. 26.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade Is Back. Here Are The Details

The 88th edition of the parade on Thanksgiving morning will include marching bands, festive floats, staged performances and equestrian units.


Black Transport Project Giving Free Bikes To Black Trans People In Need

The initiative aims to empower Black trans people, who face unique challenges to employment and transportation.


Join A Hyde Park Walking Tour Saturday With Editor And Photographer Of Revamped Chicago Architecture Guide

The tour celebrates the latest release of the AIA Guide to Chicago, one of the prime sources for the history and aesthetics of Chicago buildings.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

How Did SUE The T. Rex Get Holes In Their Jaw? New Research Challenges Long-Held Theory

Scientists don't know for sure how SUE got the holes in their jawbone. But a prevailing theory they were caused by an infection can't be true, a Field Museum researcher said.

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