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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.

Citywide

$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.

Downtown

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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

Chicago Could Get Limited COVID-19 Vaccine Doses By End Of The Year, With Health Care Workers First In Line

The general public will very likely not have access to the vaccine for several months, "possibly in the first quarter of 2021," said Dr. Allison Arwady.

Citywide

Some Chicago Cops Still Won’t Wear Masks Despite 1,200 COVID Infections — Will A New PSA Actually Help?

It's unclear if any officers have been punished for failing to adhere to the department's mask mandate. City leaders are launching a mask campaign, but civilians are skeptical it will make a difference.

Citywide

Little Village Activists Slam Developer Hilco In New Billboard 6 Months After Dust Disaster

Activists are concerned the Target warehouse being developed at the old Crawford Coal Plant will bring more polluting diesel trucks to an area already inundated by truck traffic from nearby industry.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cops And Mental Health Pros Would ‘Co-Respond’ To Some 911 Calls Under New City Plan

The pilot program would pair up cops and mental health care workers, but an alternative ordinance backed by the Progressive Caucus prefers non-police responses to psychological emergencies.

Citywide

Parents Weigh Reopening Decisions As Tensions Between Chicago Leaders And Union Mount

The district and teachers union clashed over a pair of reopening surveys and school building inspections.

Citywide

After Attack On Wicker Park Staffer, Park District Beefs Up Security, 7-Eleven Owner Installs New Lock

The man accused of the attack is also accused of robbing a 7-Eleven repeatedly over the past two weeks, police said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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