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Here’s How You Can Stay Safe From COVID-19 This Thanksgiving

Millions of people will travel and gather for the holiday — but it's coming as Chicago and nearby areas are in the midst of a new surge of COVID-19.

Citywide

A Portage Park Church Is Giving Away 500 Thanksgiving Meals And Groceries Saturday

Families can stop by Storehouse Church to pick up free bags with essentials like pasta, sauce, baked goods, vegetables, fruit and a turkey or chicken.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

With 1,000 Turkeys And Counting, An Englewood Native Hopes To Feed The Community This Holiday

Deonte Tanner founded Servants For Hope in 2017 to bring joy to his community.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Can Kids Visit Santa This Year? Get Vaccinated Soon For A Safe Holiday Season, Top Doc Says

There is still time for people to get fully vaccinated before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, Dr. Allison Arwady said.

Citywide

Here’s How You Can Support South Side Kids, Families At Roseland Hospital’s Holiday Events

Roseland Community Hospital and local partners have events lined up from October to December to support local families.

Roseland, Pullman

Illinois Escaped A Post-Thanksgiving Surge, State’s Top Doctor Says, Though Chicago Saw Small Bump

Officials plan to keep mitigations in place until at least January to prevent possible surges after Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holidays.

Citywide

There’s Still Time To Change Holiday Plans, Officials Plead: ‘Better To Have A Zoom Thanksgiving Than An ICU Christmas’

It's not too late to change your plans, officials said. They fear Thanksgiving dinners could turn into superspreader events that will result in many more people becoming sick and dying.

Citywide

Albany Park Group Offering Thanksgiving Care Baskets To Families Mourning Relatives Lost To Violence, Coronavirus

The baskets will include food items, knickknacks and sympathy cards. “There’s a lot of need for this in Albany Park,” said Dalia Aragon, Israel’s Gifts of Hope's co-founder.

Albany Park

A West Town Team Set Out To Serve 50 Thanksgiving Meals. With ‘Outpouring’ Of Donations, They Will Serve 800

TaKorea Cocina teamed up with Milk and Honey, Joey G's Mac N Cheese, Jack & Gingers, Boeufhaus, unemployed chefs, mutual aid networks and hundreds of neighbors to pull off the giveaway.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Free Turkeys Available Monday, Tuesday From Chance The Rapper’s Charity, SocialWorks

The turkeys are being given away on a first-come, first-served basis to people in need ahead of Thanksgiving.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Dreary Thanksgiving Week: Snow, Rain On The Way, But Sun Will Return Friday

A mix of rain and snow will likely hit after 3 a.m. Tuesday and continue throughout the morning.

Citywide

Logan Square Neighbors Donate Thanksgiving Turkeys, Side Dishes To School Families Hit Hard By Pandemic

"We have just witnessed so many people losing their homes or their jobs," said Israel Perez, principal of Yates Elementary. "This is a time that is hard for a lot of them."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

A Negative Coronavirus Test Doesn’t Mean You Can Safely Gather For Thanksgiving, State’s Top Doc Says

"The safest way to celebrate with your loved ones and your cherished, elderly relatives is to do it virtually. ... I don't want anyone to look back and say, 'If only we didn't have people over for Thanksgiving ... so-and-so might still be here'" for the holidays.

Citywide

3 Turkey Giveaways In Pilsen, Little Village Starting Thursday

Giveaways are planned for Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday in the neighborhoods.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Turkey Giveaways Planned For Rogers Park, Uptown This Week

Local nonprofits A Just Harvest, ONE Northside and Communities Partnering 4 Peace are hosting Thanksgiving food giveaways.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Cancel Your Thanksgiving Plans Now To Slow Coronavirus Surge, Officials Plead

People should cancel their holiday plans now as coronavirus is surging and could kill up to 1,800 more Chicagoans by year's end, city officials said.

Citywide

Avoid Traveling This Thanksgiving, Chicago’s Top Doctor Says As Coronavirus Surges Across US

Anyone coming to or from Chicago carries a risk of spreading coronavirus amid the second surge, said Dr. Allison Arwady. That means people should rethink their holiday plans so they can stay safe and keep loved ones healthy.

Citywide

Englewood Groups To Give Away 1,300 Free Turkeys To South Side Families Before Thanksgiving

St. Sabina Church will hand out turkeys Saturday and Think Outside Da Block will host a giveaway Monday.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham