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The Ultimate History Of Chicago’s Char Dog: The Underdog Sausage That’s Found A Home In Local Hearts

“My advice is: If you’re going to burn the hell out of something, make it a cheap dog and enjoy yourself.”


Chicago Style: 40 Photos Of Hot Dogs — And The Stands We Love — To Make You Drool Today

PHOTOS: In Chicago, hot dogs aren't just a meal — they're a work of art.


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.


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.


Northside College Prep Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

The annual competition gives young artists an opportunity to showcase their work in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

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Chicagoans Who Get Vaccinated At City-Run Sites Can Get 5 Free Tickets To Six Flags

The city is bringing COVID vaccinations events to salons, beaches and other spots around the city this week and over Memorial Day weekend.


Mayfair Vaccine Clinic Giving Out 1,200 Vaccine Shots This Thursday. Here’s How To Sign Up

Registration is open for a vaccine clinic that will give 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to far Northwest Side folks, regardless of residency or immigration status.

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Culver’s Could Be Coming To North Park After Getting Key City Approval

The city's zoning committee signed off on a Culver's proposed for 6001 N. Lincoln Ave. City Council is scheduled to vote on it Wednesday.

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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

Off-Duty Cop Shoots At Men Inside Car In North Park, Police Say

No one was wounded, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating.

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NEIU Briefly Locked Down After Shots Fired In Campus Parking Lot

No one was wounded Wednesday morning after police reported seeing people in two cars shoot at each other on campus.

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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.


Korean War Veteran Lost To COVID-19 Loved To Teach, Fly Model Airplanes

When Russell McManus wasn’t tinkering with car parts, he built radio-controlled model airplanes he would fly with his children. He died from COVID-19 in April.

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Budlong Woods Mom Who Died From Coronavirus Loved Antiquing And Had A Sense Of Style

Rose Marie Perkins loved scouring garage and rummage sales and couldn't pass up a good deal. “She’d say, ‘It was only a quarter, so I had to bring it home.’”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

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.


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, Auburn Gresham

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.


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.

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