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Midway, West Lawn

Midway, West Lawn
Midway, West Lawn

The Perfect Soundtrack To Your South Side Sightseeing Tour: Lee Bey’s ‘Southern Exposure’ Playlist

Architecture expert and historian Lee Bey released a playlist inspired by his 2019 book on the South Side's under-appreciated buildings this week, including tracks from Sam Trump, Chance the Rapper, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Electric CTA Buses Hit Chicago Streets — And More Coming In Years Ahead

The CTA has begun testing out electric buses on the No. 66 Chicago route. If testing goes well, the city agency will move forward with its plan of making the entire fleet electric by 2040.

Albany Park

Chicago Wants To Fine Employers Who Retaliate Against Their Workers For Taking Time Off To Get Vaccinated

"No worker should have to choose between keeping their job and getting the COVID-19 vaccine," the mayor said.

Albany Park

Chicago’s Travel Order Sees 9 More States Move Into Less Risky Category, But Travel Still Not Recommended

People found violating the quarantine order could be fined $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000.

Citywide

City Hosting 11 Free Vaccine Events For Seniors On South, West Sides. Here’s How To Get Your Shot

The events will be in 11 neighborhoods as part of the effort to vaccinate Chicagoans 65 and older.

Citywide

You Can Now Travel To Alaska, North Dakota And Don’t Need To Quarantine When You Get Back, City Says

Every state besides Hawaii, Alaska and North Dakota are currently in the riskier Orange category. Travelers coming from places in that category must quarantine or get a negative COVID-19 test.

Citywide

Cook County’s Pilot Program Aims To Boost Metra Electric, Rock Island Ridership By Slashing Fares In Half

Fares have been cut by about 50 percent along the Metra Electric line through Southeast Chicago and Metra's Rock Island line, while Pace's Halsted Street route is receiving service improvements.

Downtown

A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

Citywide

Southwest Side Dad, Brother Feared Nothing And Used Humor To Encourage Family: ‘It’s A Huge Void That He Left’

Jose Cornejo, who died from COVID-19 at 71, was known for random, simple acts of kindness. He'd chase after a mailwoman so he could give her water on hot summer days — and was always there for his family. “His life mattered."

Midway, West Lawn

Chicago Teachers Will Work Remotely Monday, Defying CPS Orders. If District Locks Them Out, They’ll Strike.

Thousands of CPS teachers were supposed to report to the classroom Monday, but they'll work remotely instead. The decision comes as many have expressed concerns about spreading coronavirus.

Citywide

Families Of Carjacking Victims Ask City, State Leaders To Do Something To Stop Surge: ‘This Is … Chicago Crying For Help’

One woman, whose son was left paralyzed after being shot during a carjacking, said she's planning to leave her lifelong community if something doesn't change.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Black Activists Aren’t Putting Their Faith In Biden: ‘We’re Going To Continue To Take Care Of Ourselves’

Under Trump, Chicago activists pushed for major reforms. Biden will be a big shift for the country, but local activists say they aren't investing hope in a system where "there's always a loophole."

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Teachers Might Vote This Week To Strike, Sources Say

Union leaders plan to discuss whether teachers might refuse to work in schools but continue working online, which doesn't fit the definition of a traditional strike.

Citywide

Despite Rocky First Week, CPS Chief’s Confidence In Reopening Has ‘Only Increased’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said people have been "across the board" happy with the district's reopening plan — but many teachers remain fiercely opposed to the district's mandate.

Downtown

Light Snow Coming Thursday Evening, But Not Enough To Accumulate

Snow showers could continue on Friday, which will be cloudy and chilly with an expected high of 34 degrees.

Citywide

Want To Help Homeless Pets? Anti-Cruelty Society Hosting Virtual Day Of Service Monday

The animal rescue organization's staff will teach participants how to make no-sew pet beds and cat and dog toys from items found around the home, among other things, during the virtual event.

Citywide

This Year’s Polar Plunge Is Do-It-Yourself — But You Can Still Raise Money For Chicago Families In Need

This year, participants don't have to dive into Lake Michigan. They can jump into snow in a bathing suit or have a bucket of cold water dumped on them.

Citywide

My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Bring Supplies To Seniors For MLK Day

The group is looking for volunteers who can bring personal protective equipment to seniors or who can help clean up a garden that honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Citywide

2 More Mass Vaccination Sites Opening This Week As Chicago Ramps Up Campaign

The city is focused on vaccinating health care workers and people living in working in long-term care facilities as part of Phase 1A. That phase will likely take several more weeks.

Citywide

Chicago’s Travel Order Simplified — But City Says You Still Shouldn’t Go Anywhere

Every state besides Hawaii is currently in the Orange category, as are the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Travelers coming from places in that category must quarantine or get a negative COVID-19 test.

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