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Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

After Lake Effect Brewery Calls Off Jefferson Park Plans, Neighbors Ask: What Will It Take To Keep Promising Businesses?

The developer is committed to bringing another brewery, restaurant or bar to the historic firehouse and has been showing the space this week.

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Jefferson Park’s Fearless Cooking Shop Closing After 3 Years

Financial strains from the pandemic and past city troubles that lost the business money are to blame for the closing.

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You Can Help Stock Far Northwest Side Treasure Boxes, Bringing Free Household Essentials To Neighbors In Need

The creator of the Treasure Box Project is looking for summer volunteers as a way to encourage neighbors to manage a box even if they don't have the space or time to commit year-round.

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Lake Effect Brewing Won’t Open Taproom In Jeff Park Firehouse After Years Of Delays, Heading To Avondale Instead

After six years of planning, Lake Effect Brewing's owner said he couldn't wait any longer for construction to start on the historical firehouse. The taproom is slated to open in Avondale early next year.

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Lovin’ Scoop Brings Popular Capannari Gourmet Ice Cream To Six Corners

The ice cream shop and cafe partnered with family-owned Capannari Ice Cream and Catering in Mount Prospect and offers 19 flavors with vegan and non-dairy options.

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Jefferson Park White Supremacist Charged With Hate Crime After Tagging Businesses With Swastikas, Prosecutors Say

White supremacist gang member Brodie Blakeslee, 57, allegedly told detectives he wanted to let Black Lives Matter supporters know the neighborhood was “protected."

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Fireworks Thrown At Police Squad Cars In Scenes Captured On Video

Four officers were injured responding to scenes in Portage Park, Downtown and Archer Heights, police said. Three people were arrested after the Downtown attack.

Downtown

Portage Park’s Bim Bom Lounge, A Former Polish Heavy Metal Bar, Is Now A Studio And Recording Space

The new owners of Bim Bom Lounge turned the former bar into a recording studio. They hope it can be an affordable and accessible space for artists.

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CPS Teacher, Her Family Among Those Wounded In Highland Park Shooting

More than $102,000 has been raised to help Dever Elementary teacher Zoe Kolpack and her family. She, her husband, her father and her brother-in-law were shot.

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Swastikas Drawn On Jefferson Park Businesses Owned By People Of Color: ‘It Definitely Feels Targeted’

Antisemitic incidents have been on the rise locally and nationally recently, according to the Anti-Defamation League. 

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Officers Working Weeks Without Breaks Blast Lightfoot For Claiming Cops Have An ‘Incredible’ Amount Of Time Off

Two married police officers said they had to have relatives come to town to watch their children because they haven't had a day off in three weeks.

Citywide

Ald. Jim Gardiner’s Ward Superintendent Fired While Facing Federal Machine Gun Investigation

Charles Sikanich is under investigation for trying to sell a World War II heirloom illegal machine gun while on the clock for his government job.

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Northwest Side Book Club Aims To Keep Kids Engaged Over The Summer

Students who participate by reading books and filing out a form could help their local library win a pizza party.

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Ed Paschke Art Center To Reopen In Jefferson Park Next Year

The reopening of the Ed Paschke Art Center, which has been closed since March 2020, is part of the anticipated Northside Cultural District planned for Jefferson Park's downtown area.

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Portage Park Man Charged With Shooting US Marshal, Police Dog To Appear In Court

The shooting led to officers sealing off a commercial strip in Portage Park for hours earlier this month.

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Family-Owned Jefferson Park Gelato Shop Ix-Chel Reopens For Summer

Ix-Chel serves more than 30 flavors of gelato and now offers banana splits and ice cream sundaes. A food menu could be coming soon.

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Bluebird, An American Brunch And Comfort Food Spot, Opening In Portage Park This Week

Bluebird will open Friday in Portage Park for lunch. It will offer more sit-down food options, expanded cocktails and local draft beers.

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Henry’s Cafe Bringing Breakfast, Coffee And More To Jefferson Park’s Esdohr House This Summer

Henry's Cafe will serve breakfast foods, including parties, baked goods, egg sandwiches. The operator hopes to expand to lunch and cold drinks.

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Little Lulu’s Italian Ice Shop Reopens In Portage Park With Nutrition Bar

Little Lulu's reopened in late May. Thanks to a new business partnership, it now serves waffles, protein shakes, acai bowls and more in addition to its signature Italian ice.

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Panda Express Plan Scrapped As Portage Park Neighbors Push For A Different Development At Bank Parking Lot

Panda Express opponents want the bank lot to be turned into a mixed-use development. But others say the drive-thru would have given nearby businesses a boost.

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