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Near North Side, River North

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

Weekend Fireworks Led To Fires, Traumatic Injuries Across Chicago: ‘This Was A More Intense Year’

The city saw 30 building fires, 27 garage fires and 293 rubbish fires Sunday night through Monday morning. Many of those fires "can reasonably be considered to be the result of fireworks activity," fire officials said.

Citywide

‘Life-Threatening’ Currents, Waves Will Make It Dangerous To Swim In Lake Michigan Monday

This week is expected to be mostly sunny and warm in Chicago, though.

Citywide

Liquor Sale Curfew, DuSable Delayed: Here’s Everything You Need To Know Out Of City Council

There was little change for the most controversial items that were on the City Council docket, but aldermen did approve multiple projects in the neighborhoods.

Citywide

$1.3 Billion Plan To Build Skyscrapers, Townhomes And Parks On Part Of Moody Bible’s Campus Approved By City Council

Aldermen approved the North Union project, which will annex about half of Moody Bible Institute's campus.

Near North Side, River North

Chicago Beaches Officially Reopen Friday With Lifeguards, Amenities

Concessions will make their return for Memorial Day weekend.

Citywide

Chicagoans Who Get Vaccinated At City-Run Sites Can Get 5 Free Tickets To Six Flags

The city is bringing COVID vaccinations events to salons, beaches and other spots around the city this week and over Memorial Day weekend.

Citywide

Homebound Chicagoans Have Been Stuck Inside For More Than A Year — And City’s Vaccination Program Still Hasn’t Responded To Thousands Of Them

More than 4,100 people have signed up for the Chicago Department of Public Health's homebound vaccination program; so far, 532 people have gotten vaccinated. Some people could have to wait until the fall to get shots, the city's top doctor said.

Citywide

Electric CTA Buses Hit Chicago Streets — And More Coming In Years Ahead

The CTA has begun testing out electric buses on the No. 66 Chicago route. If testing goes well, the city agency will move forward with its plan of making the entire fleet electric by 2040.

Albany Park

Man Arrested In Attack On Ald. Brendan Reilly Outside Boss Bar In River North

Reilly said two men punched and kicked him Feb. 18 while he was leaving the bar at Clark and Hubbard streets.

Near North Side, River North

Moody Bible Campus Megadevelopment Would Get Extra Acre Of Open Space Under Latest Plan

The megadevelopment's plans went from 1.3 acres of open space to 2.5 acres in the latest draft, which was presented to community members on Wednesday.

Near North Side, River North

Chicago Wants To Fine Employers Who Retaliate Against Their Workers For Taking Time Off To Get Vaccinated

"No worker should have to choose between keeping their job and getting the COVID-19 vaccine," the mayor said.

Albany Park

Limit St. Patrick’s Day Crowds Or We’ll Shut You Down, City Warns Chicago Bars

Dancing and congregating won't be allowed, and patrons must remain seated in bars, the city's liquor commissioner said.

Citywide

Ald. Brendan Reilly Says He Was Attacked By 2 Men Outside Boss Bar In River North

Reilly said two men punched and kicked him outside the River North bar last week but he didn't report it to police.

Near North Side, River North

Sweetwaters Cafe Opens On Near North Side, Bringing Asian-Inspired Coffee, Treats To Newcity Complex

Sweetwaters Coffee opened Jan. 30 on the Near North side. It is the first Illinois location for the Midwestern chain.

Near North Side, River North

Near North Side Housing Complex To Bring Affordable Apartments To Area — And A Former Cabrini-Green Resident Is Helping Build It

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. said the mixed-income development will bring affordable housing and job opportunities to the Near North Side area.

Near North Side, River North

Statues And Chandeliers From Closed Lawry’s Prime Rib Up For Grabs At Online Auction

The slabs of prime rib may be gone, but items from the restaurant’s unique decor are for sale.

Downtown

Navy Pier Flyover Adds New Section As Crews Finish Lanes Over Chicago River

The Flyover now provides a continuous stretch from Ohio Street Beach to the south side of the river.

Downtown

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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
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