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ZooLights Returns Next Month At Lincoln Park Zoo — And Tickets Are Available Now

Tickets for ZooLights went on sale Thursday for Lincoln Park Zoo members. Sales will open to the general public Oct. 28.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Blues Legend Muddy Waters’ Former Home Is Now A Chicago Landmark

The Kenwood home, which also hosted music legends Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry, was one of three projects to receive landmark status Thursday.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

One Of Chicago’s Most Famous Basketball Courts Is Getting A $500,000 Facelift

Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park, a backdrop for sports commercials starring Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose, is getting a new half court and other upgrades.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Should COVID-19 Cases Force Classroom Closures? The Debate Unfolds In Chicago

Around the country, school districts are grappling with the tricky question of when and how to quarantine students and staff after confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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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

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."

South Loop

Chicago Moves Into 1C Vaccinations Soon. Here’s Who Can Get A Shot

Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccinations includes people with underlying conditions and essential workers.

Coronavirus Kills 55 More People In Illinois, But Numbers ‘Looking Really Good’ For Chicago As Deaths Fall And Vaccinations Rise

April will be "much bigger" for Chicago in terms of vaccinations — and May will see even more than that, the city's top health official said.

Massive Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment Set For Plan Commission Vote Thursday

An update to the Fulton Market Innovation District plan, a proposed 50-foot building at The Fields development and a new elementary school in Belmont Cragin will also be considered.

Citywide

CPS Parent Group Says Kids Learning From Home Need More Support From District

Raise Your Hand for Illinois, an education advocacy group, created a list of demands for the district, calling for more transparency, increased spending on remote learning and a meeting with CPS leadership.

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In Chicago, Teachers With Children Less Likely To Get Permission To Work From Home

In Chicago, only 1 in 10 teachers who asked for a child-care accommodation that would allow them to continue working remotely received such permission, according to Dec. 29 data provided by Chicago Public Schools.

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

Locked Out Of Digital Classrooms, CPS Teachers Take Fight Against In-Person Learning To Del Valle’s Door

Teachers attempting to sign in to virtual classrooms were blocked Tuesday after the district locked out teachers who refused to return to the classroom because of coronavirus.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Boxcar Betty’s Opening Second Chicago Location In Bucktown

The Charleston-based restaurant is moving into the former home of Lillie’s Q at 1856 W. North Ave.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Legendary Southport Lanes Could Reopen This Year After Receiving ‘Lifesaving’ Grant From State

Owner Steve Soble says he hopes to reopen Southport Lanes as soon as March, depending on the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

CPS Watchdog Report Details Cases Of Sexual Misconduct Targeting Chicago Students

Of the almost 50 employees involved in sexual misconduct investigations who were fired, resigned or retired, some remained in good standing with the state board of education even after the district had filed reports with the state.

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The Lincoln Park Zoo Is Closed Until March, But You Can Catch Up With Its Animals In A New YouTube Series

New episodes of the series will premiere every Tuesday and Thursday, featuring various exhibits and animals.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Wiener’s Circle Raising Money To Support Staff While Hot Dog Spot Is Closed For Renovations

The Wiener's Circle will reopen later this year after completing its renovations, but fans can support its staff in the meantime through an online GoFundMe campaign.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lost Larson, Popular Andersonville Bakery, Opens Wicker Park Location

The bakery opened this week inside the storefront formerly home to Purple Llama Coffee & Records.

Aldermen Blast Lightfoot, Police Over Anjanette Young Raid: ‘This Should Have Been Alarming To Anyone That Looked At It’

The hearing came after days of intense backlash over the improper raid of Young's home and controversial revelations on how the Mayor's Office handled the issue.

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