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  • 1 dead, at least 20 wounded in overnight gun violence in Chicago

    1 dead, at least 20 wounded in overnight gun violence in Chicago
    Chicago was hit with a burst of gun violence on the Fourth of July, with at least 21 people shot, one of them fatally, during an 11-hour stretch from Friday evening into Saturday morning, according to police. That brought to 36 the number of people who...
  • Video shows robbers holding 4 at gunpoint at Citgo station

    Video shows robbers holding 4 at gunpoint at Citgo station
    For a split second, the man thought about jumping the armed robber who had forced him and three others to lie face down in the back room of the Citgo station. "Your mind says, ‘Is it worth it?' " the 53-year-old father of three said. "But I love my...
  • Park outdoor pools open Friday

    Park outdoor pools open Friday
    It may not be hot enough this weekend to jump into a pool to cool off, but just in case a heatwave strikes, you'll be able to dip your toes into any outdoor public pool beginning Friday. The Chicago Park District's 49 outdoor pools will open on June...
  • Fest planner: June 13-15

    Fest planner: June 13-15
    If you've been out to festivals the last few weeks, you've got the drill down. Sunscreen? Check. Broken-in flip flops? Check. Cash so you can avoid the ATM fees at the fest? Major check. Now that you're a pro, one of the busiest fest weekends of the...
  • Big events abound during weekends of Kennedy project

    There’s no good weekend, let alone multiple weekends, to slow traffic to a crawl on a major Chicago thoroughfare. But Illinois Department of Transportation officials said they made sure to steer clear of some big events — including...
  • Remembering war through art

    Remembering war through art
    A Korean War veteran tells the story of swimming in a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone and making a horrific discovery on the river floor. A Gulf War veteran talks about the seemingly benign ways the military is glorified in toys and even...
  • Portage Theater to reopen in June

    Portage Theater to reopen in June
    The Portage Theater, shuttered since last May, has unveiled a new set of shows on its website, with events scheduled to begin next month. “Hello from the New Portage Theater Management Team,” reads a Facebook message linked from the site....
  • Highland Park show puts spotlight on mysterious photographer

    Many Highland Park residents might recall noticing a woman walking around with a Rolleiflex camera during the 1950s and 1960s. Some can even cite memories of this person as their nanny, a role she held for various Highland Park families. Very few,...
  • State of the Burgerland

    State of the Burgerland
    When it rains, it pours. The dining gods, in their infinite wisdom, broke open the clouds these last six months to deluge Chicago with a number of burger-centric restaurants. I notice three trends with this go-round of openings: 1) The price point for...
  • Diversity, enthusiasm pulse through Palm Sunday gathering in Federal Plaza

    Diversity, enthusiasm pulse through Palm Sunday gathering in Federal Plaza
    A Palm Sunday gathering in Federal Plaza was notable both for its casual tone and its enthusiasm. About 40 young adults stood in a circle under the flamingo sculpture, sang contemporary Christian music with acoustic-guitar accompaniment and added a...
  • Historic Patio Theater to close in April

    Historic Patio Theater to close in April
    The historic Patio Theater in Portage Park has been in Demetri Kouvalis' family since 1987. His father ran the movie theater until 2001, when the air conditioning broke. The repairs were more than the family could afford, and the theater, built in 1927,...