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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.


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.


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.


$250 Million Old Town Project With 450 Apartments Approved By Key City Commission

The Shops at Big Deahl project would include three residential buildings, a fitness center and a public park.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘The Time Is Now’ To Fix City’s Broken Recycling System, Aldermen Say As They Call For Hearing

"The time is now for Chicago to take action against climate change by stepping up and ensuring that the Chicago Recycling Ordinance is properly implemented and enforced,” the resolution says.


Open TV’s Brave Futures Film Race Showcases Movies Made In Just 48 Hours By LGBTQ Artists And People Of Color

Filmmakers had 48 hours to create a film using a skeleton crew, cash stipend and camera equipment provided by the network.


New Study Says Chicago’s Teacher Evaluation May Penalize Black Educators

The scores could lead to disproportionate and incorrect identification of Black teachers for remediation and dismissal — an outcome that would be counterproductive to efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.


Kitten Trapped In Car’s Engine Rescued By East Ukrainian Village Neighbors

A neighbor who cares for a feral cat colony alerted Animal Control and cops, to no avail. It took a nearby vet tech and the car's owner to save the kitten.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Failing To Enforce Recycling Rules In Big Buildings, Businesses — And Has Abysmal Results To Show For It, Watchdog Says

The city “makes no attempt" to identify big building owners who don't offer recycling, even though more than 40 percent of Chicagoans live in high-density buildings, the inspector general said.


With No Help From D.C., Indie Music Venues Launch Virtual Concerts To Help Save Struggling Clubs

The weekly virtual concerts will feature local artists performing from empty Chicago venues to raise money for a new emergency relief fund.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Shop Local 2020: A Beverly, Morgan Park And Mount Greenwood Holiday Gift Guide

“We did not want to see holiday money go to Amazon or big box stores so we were trying to provide a convenient way for folks in the area to shop local."

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

As Community-Supported Farms See A Pandemic Boom, A Midwestern Farmer Prepares To Pass The Torch

Farmer John Peterson upended tradition when he converted his family’s northern Illinois dairy farm into an organic vegetable operation that depends on its shareholders, many of whom are Chicagoans.


Phyllis’ Musical Inn Owner Phyllis Jaskot, Queen of Division Street, Dies At 93

Phyllis and Clem Jaskot opened the club in 1954. It was first a cornerstone of the polka music strip known as “Polish Broadway,” then a minimalist country-rock club in the 1980s and is now a beloved spot on gentrified Division Street.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

What’s Something Simple YOU Can Do That Will Have A Positive Impact On Your Block?

Do you have an idea for a community service project but need funding to make it happen? My Block, My Hood, My City wants to hear from you — and give you money!

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
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