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Google Is Buying The Thompson Center For $105 Million

The famed building will be sold to the tech giant, which will "entirely" redevelop the Thompson Center into an office suite for its workers, Gov. JB Pritzker said.

Downtown

Green Day Playing Chicago’s Metro After Lollapalooza Set

The show will take place at 11 p.m. Friday at the Metro. Tickets go on sale Wednesday online only.

Downtown

Get Free Ice Cream Downtown Tuesday And Help Raise $10,000 To Feed Families In Need

With every scoop of free ice cream served at Pioneer Court, $1 will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Downtown

Here’s What A Soldier Field Dome Could Look Like Under Mayor Lightfoot’s Latest Proposal To Keep Bears In Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled three proposals to overhaul Soldier Field, including converting it into a dome.

Downtown

River North Group Wants Bally’s Casino To Scrap Riverfront Music Venue For A Public Park

Bally's officials said they'd consider the group's push for a park as negotiations continue. "I like to go to concerts but not across the street from my house,” one River North leader said.

Downtown

Sisters Shot While Waiting For Late-Night Ride Outside Gold Coast Bars Were Innocent Bystanders, Police Say

Officers assigned to the area heard shots and tackled a man they saw go into the street holding a gun. The man they arrested was not charged with shooting the two women, however.

Downtown

Activists Say Proposed Near South Side High School Would Create More Segregation

The $120 million school is planned for a portion of the former Harold Ickes Homes site, already being redeveloped into housing that pledged to bring hundreds of low-income units back to the land.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

A Beach Party With Your Pets Will Raise Money For PAWS Chicago

There will be dinner, drinks and dancing along Lake Michigan, as well as silent auctions, a doggie spa and more.

Downtown

10 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

Wicker Park Fest returns, sample 'za at Pizza City Fest, catch a modern take on Shakespeare — and so much more.

Citywide

Shedd Aquarium To Get 40-Foot Underwater Tunnel As Part Of A $500 Million Overhaul

The Shedd will see parts of its exterior and interior redesigned to improve accessibility as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2030.

South Loop

Cops Can Use Drag Racing Videos To Impound Cars Under New Crackdown Ordinance

The ordinance, introduced by Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, also allows officers to impound cars without the owner present and boosts fines for people caught racing or drifting.

Citywide

Police Oversight Agency Would Be Scrapped, Officers’ Days Off Protected Under Proposed Ordinances Backed By Some Aldermen

The ordinances would also ensure families of officers who die in the line of duty get benefits in a timely manner and require Police Supt. David Brown to notify the City Council in writing anytime he is absent from the city.

Downtown

Baby Animal Lovers Can Spot Cuttlefish Eggs At The Shedd This Month

You can see baby cuttlefish developing inside the semi-transparent eggs.

Downtown

Here’s What Bally’s Temporary Casino At Medinah Temple Could Look Like

Medinah Temple, a landmark, won't see changes to its exterior if it hosts the temporary casino — but its three-story interior will be renovated, officials said.

Near North Side, River North

Near South Side CPS High School A Step Closer To Reality After CHA Agrees To Lease Former Public Housing Site

The move sets aside part of the old Harold Ickes Homes site to build a $120 million school for Near South Side neighborhoods. Now, the plan heads to the Chicago Board of Education for a vote.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

NASCAR Races Are Coming To Chicago’s Streets Next Year — Here’s The Course

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the excitement around NASCAR races in Chicago is "off the charts." But one Downtown alderman isn't on board as the City Council is poised to crack down on drag racing and drifting throughout Chicago.

Downtown

Art Institute’s Lions Return, Cleaner And Greener

The beloved lions have returned to their spots at the Art Institute’s Michigan Avenue entrance.

Downtown

Art Of The Late Gregory Bae Goes On Exhibit At Museum Of Contemporary Art

The exhibit inspired by Bae, a classically trained painter and 2012 graduate of the Art Institute, examines time in 10 pieces.

Downtown

After Another Chaotic Drag Racing Weekend, Aldermen Push To Impound Cars

City Council will vote on a proposal Wednesday that would give police the power to impound cars used in drag racing, using videos and social media as evidence.

Downtown

Hot Dogs Made Of Ice Cream And A Sprinkle Pool? You Can Find Them At The Museum Of Ice Cream

PHOTOS: The Museum of Ice Cream has carnival games, mini-golf, cocktails — and, of course, lots of ice cream.

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