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River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side
River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Massive River West Apartment Towers, Hotel Will Connect Fulton Market To Bally’s Casino District, City Official Says

The Shapack Partners towers would bring 2,200 apartments to the old Salvation Army campus and surrounding area. A key city committee approved the proposal Thursday.

Citywide

The Chicago Housing Authority Keeps Giving Up Valuable Land While HUD Rubber-Stamps The Deals

Despite being years behind on obligations to build more homes, the city’s public housing agency gets permission to sell, lease and swap its property in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Citywide

Check Out The Near North Side During Open House Chicago

From St. James Episcopal Cathedral to the Glunz Tavern, the Near North Side is home to more than a dozen sites featured in Open House Chicago this weekend.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

3 Ways To Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day In Chicago

While the city dismantled its Columbus statues in 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city leaders have resisted replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Downtown

Matcha Cita Opens Second Location Inside Studio Three In River North

Matcha Cita features instagramable decor along with matcha-centered drinks and various smoothie bowls.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Chicago Winery Opening Next Month, Bringing A Restaurant, Tastings And Tours To River North

The Clark Street winery brings a restaurant, bar, tasting room and private event space all under one roof.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

For 66 Years, Near North Side Barber Alfredo Fricano Has Taken Care Of Cardinals, Crooks, Daleys And More

“As long as you cut hair and mind your business, you got nothing to worry about. This is not a squealing barbershop. That’s why I’m still here,” the 84-year-old said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

River North Alderman Blocks New Hotel Proposal Because Of Trouble At Hotel Next Door

The zoning change, which comes after neighbors complained of violence at a hotel next door, blocks any future hotel development from opening on the Huron Street lot.

Downtown

City Hall Fixture George Blakemore Finds ‘Joy,’ ‘Freedom’ Selling Colorful Umbrellas, Jackets And More

Chicago's "concerned citizen" is garnering more attention on social media for his art. "I paint, and I dance, and I sing out of tune. And I just give 'em hell."

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Lightfoot Creates Casino Community Council After Neighbors Push To Negotiate With Bally’s

The committee comes after neighbors slammed the process under which the $1.7 billion casino was approved and as neighbors push to help shape the casino campus.

West Loop

Queen Elizabeth II In Chicago: Monarch’s Only Visit To City Was ‘Unforgettable,’ She Said

Chicago was Elizabeth's only stop in the United States during a 1959 tour of the Great Lakes only a few years into her reign. Her husband, Prince Phillip, said the skyline was the most beautiful he'd ever seen.

Downtown

NYC-Style Apartment Bidding Wars Hit Chicago Renters: ‘If You’re Not Willing To Go $500 Over List Price, Don’t Even Bother’

Apartments in hot neighborhoods are renting for hundreds of dollars a month over their list prices thanks to a market squeezed by the pandemic and rising inflation, experts said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Bob Newhart’s Bizarre Commute Home To Edgewater Took Him WAY Out Of His Way

Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley, in the intro of the "Bob Newhart" show, walks across multiple Downtown bridges in opposite directions before heading to Evanston and then to Edgewater for his daily commute.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Help Save Migrating Birds By Turning Off High-Rise Lights At Night, Birders Say

Fall migration has begun in Chicago, but birds can get confused by light and windows. Turning off the lights after 11 p.m. and drawing blinds can help.

Downtown

Chicago Restaurants Are Struggling To Keep Staff As Burned-Out Workers Bail For Better Pay, Less Stress

Many restaurants have hiked wages, but it's not enough for workers disillusioned by cranky customers and grueling work. “If you don’t have to go back to hell, why set yourself up to burn?”

Citywide

Move Over, Soho House, A New Members-Only Club Is Coming To Chicago

Tao Group Hospitality and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants are joining forces to open an exclusive member's club next year in River North.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Man Accused In River North Road Rage Stabbing Fled To Indiana After Attack, Prosecutors Say

Alan Saenz Perez was ordered held without bail Saturday. Prosecutors said he "elevated a simple traffic dispute into a brutal murder of an unarmed person on a public street."

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

River North Road Rage Stabbing Leads To Murder Charges

A witness told the Sun-Times the Tuesday night stabbing occurred after two drivers got out of their cars and began scuffling with each other in the street.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Tavern On Rush To Close — But Something Similar Could Open If Owner Finds Right Spot, He Says

The Rush Street steakhouse opened in 1998 and quickly became a hot spot with local celebrities. Its last day of service will be Dec. 31.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Body Of Boater Who Went Missing From ‘Playpen’ Wednesday Found

Spencer Williams, 29, was pulled from the water Saturday near Oak Street Beach. He is at least the third person who has died in Lake Michigan in the past week.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side
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