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Woman Discovers The Magic Of O’Hare Airport On All-Night Layover: ‘It’s Amazing In There’

Allison Robicelli, who explored O'Hare Airport alone for hours after she missed her connecting flight, hopes her adventure inspires other travelers to appreciate the beauty of the airport and the people who keep it running.

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Police Department No Longer In Last Place When It Comes To Complying With City’s Vaccine Mandate

Now, City Council staffers — employees who work with aldermen's offices — are the least compliant with Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. Still, the bulk of employees who haven't reported their status are in the Police Department.

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Travelers To US Face Tougher COVID-19 Testing Requirement As Officials Try To Limit Omicron Spread

Officials are trying to buy themselves time and limit the potential spread of Omicron to prevent another possible coronavirus surge.

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12:19 PM CST

Temperatures Will Plunge Monday As Chicago Faces Temperatures In The 20s, Snow

The city will heat up later this week, with temperatures rising to the 40s and 50s.

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8:12 AM CST

A Homebound Resident Couldn’t Get A Flu Shot At Home — So Her Friend Stepped Up To Help

Northa Johnson tried for weeks to get her flu shot at home, but city officials were of little help, she said. Chicago's health department is referring residents to at-home services, but public information is hard to come by.

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7:44 AM CST

Chicago Might Have A White Christmas This Year Thanks To La Niña

Chicago has a more than 50 percent chance of snow on Christmas, according to an AccuWeather report.

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No New COVID-19 Restrictions Planned For Chicago Yet As Omicron Pops Up Around US, Top Doc Says

Most local COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted since vaccines became widespread.

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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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Child Care Providers In Illinois Eligible For $300 Million In Grants Through New State Funding

Chosen child care providers will get about $25,000 per classroom per year, according to the governor's office. Centers in underfunded communities will be eligible for additional funds.

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Need Rent Help? The City And State Will Reopen Their Rent Assistance Programs Monday

Chicago renters and housing providers can apply for money to pay back rent through the city’s Department of Housing or the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

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Biden’s Plan For Stalling Omicron Includes Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, More Vaccinations

Biden is also calling on employers to give paid time off to workers so they can get their booster shot.

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Latino Caucus Puts Its Ward Map Proposal Up For Referendum: ‘It’s Time For The Voters To Decide’

Supporters of the Latino Caucus map maintain they'll continue negotiations, but are confident they'll be victorious if Chicago voters decide between multiple maps.

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Subscribe To Block Club Chicago And Get A Free Neighborhood Print

For a limited time, you can subscribe to Block Club for a year and you'll get a free, 16-by-20-inch neighborhood print from local artist Steve Shanabruch.

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Roosters, Hot Dogs: What Do Chicago’s Newly Proposed Wards Look Like To You?

Chicago's proposed map has some, um, strange boundaries.

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Here’s What Chicago’s Ward Map Could Look Like

Aldermen failed to vote on a map Wednesday, meaning the issue might go to a contentious referendum where voters would decide.

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Nearly 200 Cars Towed On First Day Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban, Down From 2020

There were fewer cars towed this year than in 2020 and 2019, which the city says is due to better outreach and media coverage about the parking ban.

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Tighter Restrictions Could Be Coming For US Travelers, Including Testing And Quarantining Requirements

Locally, officials have said they are keeping a close eye on the variant but don't expect to impose more restrictions in the near future.

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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.

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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.

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Chicago Hopes To Curb Number Of Quarantined Students With Test-To-Stay Pilot

The test-to-stay pilot comes amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the city, as well as the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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