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Lightfoot’s Plan To Ban Alcohol Sales After 10 PM ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Alderman Says

“You can’t kneecap a whole industry of mostly independent small businesses ... because of anecdotal concerns about quality of life,” one expert said.

Citywide

‘Shop Pilsen’ Campaign Encourages Residents To Support Struggling Neighborhood Businesses

At least six neighborhood businesses have closed since the start of the pandemic.

Business

A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

Citywide

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Downtown

Lagunitas Taproom Will Likely Stay Closed All Of 2021, Brewery Says

After closing in mid-March, the Douglas Park brewery is waiting to reopen until the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a company spokesperson said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Bucktown Chick-Fil-A Opening This Week Across From Shuttered Vienna Beef Factory

The new Chick-fil-A will neighbor Drive Shack, a riverfront driving range replacing the recently closed Vienna Beef Factory.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Can Chicago Finally Get An Elected School Board? After Years Of Fighting, Advocates Push State Senators To Pass 2019 Bill

Mayor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on her support for an elected school board, but then said she needed more time to study the matter.

Citywide

Are You An Out-Of-Work Restaurant Or Bar Worker? Southern Smoke’s $4 Million Relief Fund Can Help

Despite launching in August, Southern Smoke Foundation leaders say they still have $3.6 million to help restaurant and bar industry workers in Cook County.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Wrigleyville’s The Dark Horse Closes Permanently: ‘COVID Is The Big Winner Here’

The Dark Horse Tap and Grille struggled to stay open throughout the coronavirus pandemic and ultimately closed its doors for good Sunday.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

After Surviving 9 Months Of Pandemic, Lakeview Businesses Now Face Huge CTA Construction Project

"It's already been hard enough with the roller coaster of the pandemic, and now we're going straight from one [crisis] into another," said Stephanie Cook, owner of the Houndstooth Saloon.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Open TV’s Brave Futures Film Race Showcases Movies Made In Just 48 Hours By LGBTQ Artists And People Of Color

Filmmakers had 48 hours to create a film using a skeleton crew, cash stipend and camera equipment provided by the network.

Citywide

These Holiday Toy Drives Are Collecting Gifts For Families In Need Across Chicago

Here's how you can get gifts to Chicago families this holiday season.

Citywide

Metropolitan Brewing Fighting Eviction From Riverfront Taproom, Say Landlord Made Them Overpay For Years

“We spent two years trying to pay for an inflated lease and we can't afford it," one of the owners said. "And we don't have the money for a big lawsuit that goes on forever. But what else are we going to do?"

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

West Side Job Readiness Campus Gets $2.5 Million Boost From City Grant

The workforce development center will house programs for returning citizens, as well as a community events space and cafe.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Developer Eyes Former Bank Building Near Division Blue Line Station For Rooftop Bar

The tenant who signs the lease for the rooftop bar would also take over the downstairs Division Street restaurant space formerly home to The Bedford.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

With No Help From D.C., Indie Music Venues Launch Virtual Concerts To Help Save Struggling Clubs

The weekly virtual concerts will feature local artists performing from empty Chicago venues to raise money for a new emergency relief fund.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Shop Local 2020: A Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town Holiday Gift Guide

"This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to shop local to help keep our neighborhood businesses that make West Town so special alive for years to come."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Shop Local 2020: A Lakeview And Lincoln Park Holiday Gift Guide

Local businesses in Lakeview and Lincoln Park can fulfill all your holiday shopping needs for family, friends and even pets.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Shop Local 2020: A Hyde Park, Woodlawn And South Shore Holiday Gift Guide

Shops and entrepreneurs along the South Lakefront have taken hits from the coronavirus pandemic for months. Find out how you can support seven of them with this gift guide.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Give Local 2020: Here Are Mutual Aid Groups And Nonprofits Where You Can Give — Or Receive — Help Over The Holidays

These 20 initiatives across Chicago have provided food, protective equipment, money, technical assistance and other support to neighborhood residents in need over the past eight months.

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