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Chicago’s Ultimate Ice Cream Guide: 100+ Places To Get Soft Serve, Shakes, Paletas And More Across The City

From soft serve to Thai rolled ice cream, mangoneadas and paletas, we've rounded up more than 90 spots with the best chilly sweet treats in Chicago.

Citywide

Controversial Near North Side Apartment Tower Proposal Gets Taller And Thinner Ahead Of Key City Vote

Fifield Companies' latest proposal is for a 39-story building at 125 W. Maple St., but neighbors in the next-door condo building don't approve.

Near North Side, River North

Shedd Aquarium Rides Shark Week Wave With Activities For Teens, Kids

The Shedd will extend its hours on Wednesdays for the rest of July to allow people to visit its 12 species of sharks and other creatures.

Downtown

A LGBTQ+ Community Center Is Coming To The South Side. Neighbors Say It Needs Collaborative, Local Leadership

Howard Brown Health is planning a South Side health and community center for LGBTQ residents, supported by $15 million in state funding.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Dangerous, 6-Foot Waves Possible At Lake Michigan Beaches On Thursday

People should avoid going near the shore or swimming at Chicago's Lake Michigan beaches, the National Weather Service warned.

Citywide

Taste Of Chicago To-Go Returns This Week With Citywide Locations

Typically in Grant Park, the to-go rework of the Taste will feature almost 40 eateries across Chicago.

Citywide

Goats On A Boat? ComEd Treats Its Hooved Workforce To A Downtown Cruise For #HotGoatSummer

A trio of goats who clear vegetation along ComEd powerlines enjoyed a cruise along the Chicago River and a break from their work.

Downtown

City Hall Reopens To Public After 16 Months Of Pandemic Closure, Though Masks Still Required

The city had previously limited access to the building due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Citywide

Man Found With Guns In Hotel Room Overlooking Downtown Beach Gets $10K Bond

A rifle and another gun were found in a "suspicious position" on the man's hotel room windowsill, prosecutors said.

Downtown

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

After Obama Portraits Tour, South Side Groups Launch Grants, Book Pop-Up For New Artists And Young Readers

After seeing the “beauty of Blackness and excellence” through the Obamas exhibit, Hyde Park and Englewood organizations want to keep motivating young South Siders.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After Competing On The World Stage, South Side Chef Returns To Take The Reins At West Loop’s Eleven Eleven

Lamar Moore aims to bring a little Southern flair to the West Loop eatery's revamped menu.

Downtown

Chicagoans Can Discover Hidden Art All Over The Loop With Self-Guided Mural Walk

Until Labor Day, Chicagoans can go on the self-guided Loop Mural Walk that features artwork along three routes.

Downtown

The Shedd Aquarium Wants Your Help Naming This Giant Pacific Octopus

Guests can vote on names like Anderson and Knapp for the new octopus from June 28 to July 4.

Downtown

Navy Pier Celebrating Pride At Saturday Event With Live Music, Drag Queen Story Hour And More

Navy Pier is hosting a Price celebration Saturday with a fireworks show, music and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Downtown

No Fireworks At Navy Pier For Fourth Of July This Year — But There Will Be Music, Activities

The pier typically hosts a 15-minute fireworks display that attracts thousands of people from throughout the city.

Downtown

City Council Meeting Abruptly Ends In Chaos With No Vote On Renaming Lake Shore Drive

The drama began when aldermen were asked to consider Mayor Lori Lightfoot's appointment of Celia Meza as Chicago’s corporation counsel earlier than expected. City Council is “not a council of order anymore,” one alderman said.

Downtown

Luke’s Italian Beef Relishes Hall of Fame Recognition After A Year Of Anticipation

The award honors the Downtown restaurant, which has served Vienna Beef hot dogs for decades.

Downtown

Critics Of Changing Lake Shore Drive To DuSable Drive Suggest Alternatives — But Supporters Aren’t Backing Down

Ald. David Moore said the votes are still there to pass an ordinance that would rename Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable — and said attempts to rename the Riverwalk and Millennium Park in its place won't work.

Downtown

Bears Should Focus On ‘Being Relevant Past October’ And Stop Threatening To Move To Arlington Heights, Mayor Lightfoot Says

The Bears submitted a bid to buy the closing Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights. Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed it as "clearly a negotiating tactic."

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