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Halloween Celebrations Are Back This Fall — And The City Will Host 2 Parades And Neighborhood Events

The spooky holiday was largely quiet last year due to the pandemic, but Chicago officials are planning events to bring it back.

Citywide

Flu Shots Are Especially Needed This Year — So The City Is Hosting 50+ Events With Free Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people get their flu shot before the end of October.

Citywide

Chicago Will Ramp Up Contact Tracing In Schools After Widespread Complaints

The contact tracing department will grow to more than 80 people and response time will be narrowed to 48 hours, CPS officials said.

Citywide

Worst Of COVID-19 Could Be Over — If Kids Get Vaccinated, No New Variants Emerge, Report Says

But local officials have warned a new variant that is resistant to the vaccines — or people not getting their flu and COVID-19 shots, leading to a double epidemic — could cause "significant trouble" in Chicago.

Citywide

California, Puerto Rico Removed From Chicago’s Travel Advisory

"The country as a whole: still not doing very well from a COVID perspective as Delta's coming through," Chicago's top doctor said.

Citywide

After CVS Denies Bicyclist COVID Test, Some Urge Test Sites To Allow People Without Cars In Drive-Thrus

“This is part of a pattern where access to important health care is a lot harder with people who don’t have cars," bicyclist Jeremy Glover said.

Citywide

80 Percent Of Illinois Adults Have Gotten At Least 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Shot, CDC Says

CDC data shows high percentages of all Illinois age groups have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, including nearly 95 percent of those 65 and older.

Citywide

Door-To-Door Outreach Is Connecting Thousands With Vaccine Information In South And West Sides, City Says

Volunteers with the city's Vaccine Ambassdor program have been working since June to directly contact Chicagoans to answer questions and help them sign up for vaccine appointments.

Citywide

More Than Half Of 12- To 17-Year-Olds In Chicago Are Fully Vaccinated, City’s Top Doc Says

Pfizer vaccines were approved for kids 12 and older in May.

Citywide

7 Businesses Cited By City For Mask Mandate Violations

The city warned businesses should be on "high alert" for investigations into mask mandate violations.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Will Miss This Week’s COVID-19 Testing Deadline

CPS leaders say they now aim to offer testing at every district campus by the end of September — roughly a month after its original goal.

Citywide

Connecticut, D.C. Lifted From Chicago’s Travel Advisory

Unvaccinated Chicagoans are urged not to travel anyplace on the travel advisory list, which now includes 48 states and three territories.

Citywide

As West Side Vaccination Rates Lag, Austin Community Center Hopes To Make Shots More Appealing, Accessible To Residents

The outreach program is funded by a grant to improved vaccination rates among Chicagoans of color. Less than half of Black and Latino residents are vaccinated, data shows.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Illinois To Give Child Care Workers $1,000 And Cover Costs For Unemployed Parents

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the bonuses Monday as part of a broader package of child care recovery efforts.

Citywide

After More Than 400 Exposed To COVID At Lane Tech, Some Question Safety, District’s Notification Process

"I really just need to know real-time information at my kids' individual schools," one Lane parent said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Get Vaccinated For Free At Neighborhood Clinics, Events This Week

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. About 56.4 percent of all Chicagoans have been fully vaccinated.

Citywide

Veronica Wolski, Jefferson Park Anti-Vaccine Activist, Dies From COVID-19 At Age 64

Wolski, a QAnon supporter known for demonstrating on a bridge over the Kennedy Expressway, started an uproar at an area hospital last week when she insisted they give her a medication meant to treat parasites in animals and humans.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Chicagoans Would Still Be Able To Comment Virtually At Meetings After COVID-19 Subsides Under Proposal

Some aldermen said they hope there would be a change to the state’s Open Meetings Act to allow some committee meetings to operate virtually in the future.

Downtown

Should Businesses Have To Check Patrons For Vaccine Proof? Lightfoot Says Focus Is Just On Getting Shots In Arms

New York City is requiring spots like gyms, restaurants and bars to check patrons for proof of vaccination. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot won't say if Chicago will do the same.

Citywide

Vegan Food Fest Will Not Require Vaccination, Negative COVID-19 Tests — So Some Vendors Are Dropping Out

Masks will be required in crowds and lines at the fest, according to an Instagram post, but vendors are worried the mask rule won't be enforced. Those who have dropped out haven't been refunded.

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