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Near North Side, River North

Near North Side, River North
Near North Side, River North

Pink Taco Closing This Weekend After Four Years In River North

The restaurant is calling it quits after four years on Wells Street. Its last day is Sunday.

Near North Side, River North
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Celebrate Greek Culture At Gold Coast Greek Fest This Weekend

The festival at Annunciation Cathedral will feature Greek food, games for young children and free nightly entertainment.

Downtown

Man Shot In River North Robbery Attempt, Police Say

A 26-year-old man was shot in the wrist a man approached and demanded his belongings, leading to a "physical struggle," police said.

Near North Side, River North

2,200 Apartments, Hotel Proposed For River West Salvation Army Site Near Bally’s Casino

Fulton Market-based Shapack Partners has hatched a plan to redevelop the site after buying the Salvation Army campus for $25 million.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

The Loop’s Central Business District Extends Seasonal Patio Hours To Midnight

The ordinance allows patios in The Loop's central business district to serve alcohol until midnight through Dec. 1

Downtown

Architectural Artifacts Is Coming Back With Huge New Location Inside Former River North School

After 31 years in Ravenswood, founder Stuart Grannen is opening a River North location to show and sell his eye-popping collection of one-of-a-kind salvaged architectural pieces, relics, art, furniture and more.

Near North Side, River North

How A River North Author Turned Family Storytime Into A Children’s Book Highlighting South Asian Culture

"Tara the Rickshaw and the Tale of the Lost Kitten" follows a rickshaw on its journey through South Asia, featuring bright colors and subtle nods to Amna Nasima's childhood visits to Pakistan.

Near North Side, River North

Here Are The New Rules For Minors At Millennium Park

The new youth escort policy bans kids younger than 18 from being in the park without an adult after 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Downtown

Chicago Casino Set For Final City Vote Wednesday After Committee OKs Bally’s Plan

The key vote came just weeks after Lightfoot announced Bally's was her top pick. The full City Council will vote on the controversial plan Wednesday.

Citywide

Mass Shooting Outside Downtown McDonald’s Was A ‘Massacre,’ Judge Says As 2 Men Held Without Bail

The Thursday night shooting killed two people and left seven others wounded.

Near North Side, River North

Mass Shooting On Near North Side Kills 2 People, 8 Others Hurt: ‘We Are Going To Fight For The Soul Of Our City’

One of the victims said the shooting stemmed from a fight outside the McDonald’s at Chicago and State. Chicagoans walked around — and through — blood as they commuted Friday morning.

Near North Side, River North

A Lollapalooza Loophole In Lighfoot’s Curfew To Crack Down On Crime Has Youth Asking: Who Is Downtown For?

Youth organizers are outraged a clause in the curfew crackdown would exempt teens coming home from ticketed events. And they say discouraging teens from the places they feel safe Downtown will only make violence worse.

Downtown

Neighbors Slam Bally’s River West Casino Plan Once Again As City Closes In On Finalizing Deal

Residents said Thursday's town hall read like the riverfront Bally's casino is a "done deal." “We are connected to you — or we will be connected to you if we are successful,” Bally's Chairman Soo Kim said.

Citywide

Rainforest Cafe Weed Dispensary Plan Lacks True Equity, Activists Say: We’re ‘Done With Tokenism’

One of the companies behind the dispensary recently tapped former Ald. Terry Peterson, who is Black, as its CEO. But Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change leaders said that's not enough, and asked the dispensary to commit to a community benefits agreement.

Near North Side, River North

Electric Scooters Are Back For Good As Divvy Launches 1st Docked Scooter Stations

Divvy has retrofitted more than 230 docked stations to accommodate scooters, bikes and e-bikes in and near Downtown. There will be 1,000 scooters in service by the end of June.

Downtown

Fast-Tracked Chicago Casino Is The Parking Meter Deal All Over Again, Ald. Says As He Vows To Fight It

Ald. Brendan Reilly wants City Council to pump the brakes. "The last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up on our faces and it was called the parking meter deal."

Citywide

Bally’s Casino Plan To Face First Test Of City Council Support As Lightfoot Looks To Fast-Track Vote

Aldermen who have raised a stink over Lightfoot’s pick for a casino at the Tribune Freedom Center site in River West will get their chance to grill city officials Monday.

Citywide

Federal Workers Are Returning To The Loop, Bringing Much-Needed Business Back To Downtown Restaurants

Restaurants that relied on the Downtown lunch crowd struggled to get by when the pandemic sent hundreds of thousands of workers home. Federal agencies began bringing workers back to offices last month.

Downtown

America’s Dog & Burger Joins Vienna Beef Hall of Fame After 26 Years Selling Hot Dogs Across The Country

The family-owned hot dog stand is the 140th business to join the hall of fame. "There's something really special about a guy who owns a restaurant, rolls up his sleeves, and works hard to provide for his family."

Downtown

3 Of The Alderpeople Who Represent Potential Casino Sites Don’t Want A Casino In Their Ward

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. is the latest to say he doesn't want a gambling mecca in his ward. Bally’s is lobbying to build a casino at the prime Tribune Publishing site in River West.

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