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Another Group Favored By Loretto Hospital Exec Got Vaccinated Early: Gold Coast Steakhouse ‘Higher-Ups,’ Sources Say

Employees at Maple & Ash, a restaurant frequented by Loretto Hospital Chief Operating Officer Dr. Anosh Ahmed, received vaccines from the West Side hospital’s supply, sources said.

Downtown

Is Festival Season Happening This Summer? Pitchfork And Riot Fest Organizers Make Plans, While Others Look To 2022

More than 200 permit applications have been submitted for 2021 events, but whether fests can be staged is "fully dependent on where we are in the arc of the virus,” Lightfoot said.

Citywide

Luxury Gold Coast Watch Shop That Got Improper Vaccinations Has Very Important Customer: A Loretto Hospital Executive

Aside from Trump Tower and a suburban church, Loretto Hospital held a March 3 vaccination event at a Gold Coast shop called Geneva Seal, which sells jewelry and designer watches for tens of thousands of dollars.

Downtown

State Gives $1.7 Million To 58 Small Businesses Looted During Summer’s Civil Unrest

The state of Illinois is also opening up a $10 million corridor improvement grant program to commercial districts impacted by civil unrest.

Downtown

City Won’t Give Vaccines To Hospitals That Let People Cut In Line, Lightfoot Warns After Trump Tower Controversy

The city is warning vaccine providers it won't give them doses anymore if they let people cut in line. The city would vaccinate residents in other ways, Mayor Lightfoot said.

Citywide

Improper Vaccinations At Trump Tower Disappointing, Mayor Says As She Vows City Will ‘Dig Deeper’ To Verify West Side Hospital’s Story

Loretto Hospital is facing criticism after one of its leaders said he vaccinated Eric Trump and the hospital held a vaccine event at Trump Tower. "We just can't have something like this happen again," Lightfoot said.

Downtown

Chicago Hospital Executive Bragged About Vaccinating Eric Trump On Day His Hospital Vaccinated Workers At Trump Tower

Hospital officials said their doctor’s relationship with Trump and his owning a condo in Trump Tower had nothing to do with the improper vaccine event. Millionaire Trump would not have been eligible for a vaccine in Chicago.

Downtown

Trump Tower Workers Got Vaccines From West Side Hospital — Whose COO Owns A Condo In Luxury Highrise

It's unclear why workers at the former president's namesake, luxury hotel were prioritized for vaccines while similar hotel workers have not been allowed to get shots.

Downtown

Trump Tower Vaccinated Staff At Luxury Hotel, Saying It Was Part Of Program Meant To Help Hard-Hit South And West Sides

The health department is "looking into" the vaccination event at Trump Tower, saying staff aren't yet eligible to be vaccinated and it wasn't aware of any Protect Chicago Plus events at the Downtown hotel.

Downtown

Surprise! Chicago’s River Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day After All

The announcement was made last minute, likely to prevent crowds from gathering on the riverfront with coronavirus restrictions still in place.

Downtown

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

Seniors Can Make United Center Vaccine Appointments Starting Thursday

Starting 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Illinois residents 65 and up can schedule an appointment. The United Center site will begin administering 6,000 shots daily on March 10.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Albany Park Woman Launches Memorial For Chicagoans Lost To Coronavirus: ‘They’re Not Just A Number; They’re Actually People That We Love’

Luz María Vargas lost her mother to coronavirus and sought to establish temporary memorials for people to grieve. The Buckingham Fountain memorial will be there through Wednesday.

Downtown

Dog Walkers, Pet Sitters Try To Hold On With Minimal Business During Pandemic

Dog-walking companies are struggling but hope warmer weather, more vaccinations and the dog adoption boom can bring back normalcy to the industry.

Citywide

Aldermen Call For Chicago Postmaster To Resign Immediately After Watchdog Found Huge Issues With Mail

Complaints of delayed mail have dogged the Post Office for months, with issues reported in every part of the city — but four South Side post offices have faced thousands of complaints.

Citywide

Nearing Their 4th Week Of A Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Southeast Side Scrapper To City Hall

Breanna Bertacchi, Chuck Stark and Oscar Sanchez will complete their 21st day without food Wednesday, as Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) joined the hunger strike and former Gov. Pat Quinn lent his support.

Downtown

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

Lightfoot Says Raising Bridges This Summer Was ‘Right Decision’ — And Doesn’t Rule Out Doing It Again

"If there is a need, and that need is justified, I'm not going to hesitate to use any tool that is necessary to keep our residents and our businesses safe," Lightfoot said.

Citywide

Lightfoot Backs Police Chief ‘1000%’ After Scathing Watchdog Report Found Cops Botched Response To Summer Unrest

Some Chicagoans said Supt. David Brown should resign over how the Police Department handled unrest this summer, but Lightfoot said the department learned from these "challenges" and he has her full confidence.

Citywide

Even Police Thought Raising Chicago’s Bridges Was A Bad Idea During Unrest, Watchdog Finds

There was no advanced planning around raising the bridges, officials testified. And officers beat protesters, escalating violent clashes, the report found.

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