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More than 70 black-owned Chicago restaurants celebrate Juneteenth with $6.19 specials.
06/18/2020

More than 70 black-owned Chicago restaurants celebrate Juneteenth with $6.19 specials.

Throughout the Juneteenth weekend, Black-owned restaurants in the Chicago area will offer a meal package for $6.19.

With Monday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that federal law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrim...
06/16/2020

With Monday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that federal law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, communities are marking the historic decision with celebrations across the nation.

Here are 10 ways to make your Pride celebration a colorful success.

Social media can be a scary, dangerous place under regular circumstances, but in a time of civil unrest due to the death...
06/15/2020

Social media can be a scary, dangerous place under regular circumstances, but in a time of civil unrest due to the deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of police officers, social platforms become uncharted territory — particularly for many nonblack people hoping to show that they are allies.

Some black people fear they might not seem “angry enough” and some nonblack people who want to be allies are “terrified” of misspeaking.

Scheduled for Sunday in Boystown, it has drawn interest from 5,000 people on Facebook, with more than 1,000 saying they ...
06/11/2020

Scheduled for Sunday in Boystown, it has drawn interest from 5,000 people on Facebook, with more than 1,000 saying they definitely plan to attend.

Meet Jo Mama, the Chicago drag queen who is leading a Black Lives Matter protest march in Boystown on Sunday. Thousands have expressed interest in going.

Nini’s Deli closed permanently this weekend after its owners were lambasted for homophobic and anti-Black Lives Matter c...
06/09/2020

Nini’s Deli closed permanently this weekend after its owners were lambasted for homophobic and anti-Black Lives Matter comments and business partners quickly severed ties.

Nini's Deli opened in 2013 in West Town, as owner Juan Riesco looked to reinvent a grocery store his immigrant parents ran for years.

With Chicago’s reopening set for June 3, many folks throughout the city and state will now be able to gather in groups o...
05/29/2020

With Chicago’s reopening set for June 3, many folks throughout the city and state will now be able to gather in groups of 10 or fewer.

A medical expert explains the do's and don'ts of public gatherings as Illinois and Chicago prepare to reopen.

38% of Illinoisans surveyed reported missing their work spouse more than they would miss their real partners.
05/28/2020

38% of Illinoisans surveyed reported missing their work spouse more than they would miss their real partners.

We asked 24 Chicago celebrities for words of wisdom for the class of 2020. Here’s what they told us.
05/26/2020

We asked 24 Chicago celebrities for words of wisdom for the class of 2020. Here’s what they told us.

Bob Odenkirk, Michael Shannon, Suze Orman, Victoria Park, Lili Trifilio, Ramsey Lewis, Rashid Johnson, Michael Mann, Rebecca Makkai, Ashley Nicole Black, Scott Turow, Jaume Plensa, Bashir Salahuddin, Beck Bennett, Joe Mantegna, Rachel Barton Pine, Kevin Boehm, and more offer advice to graduates and....

Cocktails to-go, people.
05/19/2020

Cocktails to-go, people.

Award-winning mixologist Julia Momose, the public face of the initiative, says the state is listening to the proposal to allow patrons to take away prepared drinks.

From sports fanatic to animal and floral print lover, face masks for every personality.
05/14/2020

From sports fanatic to animal and floral print lover, face masks for every personality.

You can still get a dim sum spread at home from many Chicago-area restaurants — use our guide for more on what to order.
05/13/2020

You can still get a dim sum spread at home from many Chicago-area restaurants — use our guide for more on what to order.

D Cuisine makes classic and contemporary Guangdong-style dishes, big and small, for dim sum you can take home during quarantine in Chicago.

As summer nears, Chicagoans are desperate to get out and about — to have a summer picnic with family, to get back to wor...
05/13/2020

As summer nears, Chicagoans are desperate to get out and about — to have a summer picnic with family, to get back to work, to get a haircut.

Here’s how and when you might be able to do those things.

As summer nears, Chicagoans are desperate to have a summer picnic, to get back to work, to get a haircut. Here’s how and when you can do those things.

The Pitchfork Music Festival, scheduled for July 17-19 in Union Park, has been canceled because of coronavirus.
05/06/2020

The Pitchfork Music Festival, scheduled for July 17-19 in Union Park, has been canceled because of coronavirus.

The Pitchfork Music Festival, scheduled for July 17-19 in Union Park, has been canceled because of the novel coronavirus, organizers announced Wednesday.

Local online marketplace Threadless, which sells T-shirts and other merchandise showcasing artist-submitted designs, is ...
04/28/2020

Local online marketplace Threadless, which sells T-shirts and other merchandise showcasing artist-submitted designs, is making inroads to meet the need by pivoting its efforts to mask creation.

Local online marketplace Threadless is looking to give $250,000 to charity for medical equipment during this pandemic.

It's the perfect time for a date night — quarantine style.
04/27/2020

It's the perfect time for a date night — quarantine style.

Ideas for intentional quality time with your significant other during coronavirus stay-at-home order.

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook will offer a “Last Dance” dinner for Sunday pick-up.
04/24/2020

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook will offer a “Last Dance” dinner for Sunday pick-up.

Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Oak Brook will offer a special Sunday dinner in collaboration with ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary.

From the infamous $5,000 dollar fine in 1985 to a $1 billion dollar in sales in the first half of 2019, Michael Jordan a...
04/22/2020

From the infamous $5,000 dollar fine in 1985 to a $1 billion dollar in sales in the first half of 2019, Michael Jordan and Nike have built an institution with Air Jordans.

Quarantining is hard as it is, but chances are it’s a bit tougher if you live alone.
04/21/2020

Quarantining is hard as it is, but chances are it’s a bit tougher if you live alone.

S*x toy sales have increased, particularly those for ma********on, during the stay-at-home order.

Some Chicago restaurants are turning themselves into small-time grocers, something like corner stores.
04/15/2020

Some Chicago restaurants are turning themselves into small-time grocers, something like corner stores.

Some Chicago restaurants are pivoting to meet grocery demand by turning themselves into small markets, while keeping the takeout mission.

You can’t go out for Easter brunch or dinner this year, of course, but if you’re planning to celebrate the holiday in, C...
04/10/2020

You can’t go out for Easter brunch or dinner this year, of course, but if you’re planning to celebrate the holiday in, Chicago and suburban restaurants are stepping up to provide.

From complete brunch or dinner meal kits to a la carte items and to-go cocktails, Chicago and suburban restaurants are stepping up to provide.

With no set schedule these days, who needs to wait for cocktail hour?
04/09/2020

With no set schedule these days, who needs to wait for cocktail hour?

Why we self-medicate, who’s at risk and what to do as healthy substitutes.

Sheltering in place is hard enough during cold, rainy weather, but add sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures to th...
04/06/2020

Sheltering in place is hard enough during cold, rainy weather, but add sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures to the mix and Chicagoans are going to want to do one thing: shelter outside.

Outdoor activities to enjoy during quarantine, when you're banned from the lakefront and playgrounds.

This list is organized by the lengths of the shows — short, medium, and long — so you can decide just what kind of TV ma...
04/03/2020

This list is organized by the lengths of the shows — short, medium, and long — so you can decide just what kind of TV marathon you’re game for.

In these unprecedented times, it’s tough to know whether to postpone an event or cancel it outright and when to make tha...
04/02/2020

In these unprecedented times, it’s tough to know whether to postpone an event or cancel it outright and when to make that decision.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, it’s tough to know whether to postpone an event or cancel it outright and when to make that decision.

The Civic Orchestra goes virtual; many Chicagoans spread messages of hope while coping with the coronavirus pandemic and...
04/01/2020

The Civic Orchestra goes virtual; many Chicagoans spread messages of hope while coping with the coronavirus pandemic and Illinois' stay-at-home order.

These hilariously creative Lori Lightfoot memes make light of the fact that we are legally bound to stay home.
03/30/2020

These hilariously creative Lori Lightfoot memes make light of the fact that we are legally bound to stay home.

Chicagoans found a creative, funny way to comment on Mayor Lori Lightfoot's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Placing her in famous paintings and locations all around the city, these memes make light of the fact that we are legally bound to stay home.

No more parks. No more beaches. No more trails. Do these virtual exercises at home instead.
03/27/2020

No more parks. No more beaches. No more trails. Do these virtual exercises at home instead.

A running list of available online and virtual workout classes to try while gyms are closed because of the coronavirus.

“Love is Blind” is headed to Chicago for Season 2, and casting is underway.
03/26/2020

“Love is Blind” is headed to Chicago for Season 2, and casting is underway.

Netflix's "Love is Blind" has posted a casting call online for Season 2, which will be shot in Chicago. The show's production company has experience casting Chicago singles.

The new seven-part series is a deep dive into the life of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic” and “Tige...
03/25/2020

The new seven-part series is a deep dive into the life of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic” and “Tiger King" and his life as a keeper of big cats.

The new seven-part series is a deep dive into the life of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic” and “Tiger King" and his life as a keeper of big cats including lions, tigers and other exotic animals.

The biggest risk factor is kissing, according to a physician. If your partner lives with you, and neither of you are exh...
03/25/2020

The biggest risk factor is kissing, according to a physician. If your partner lives with you, and neither of you are exhibiting symptoms, s*x is OK.

Looking out for one another has been the norm here in Chicago long before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic and ma...
03/20/2020

Looking out for one another has been the norm here in Chicago long before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic and many of us hunkered down in our homes.

Here are the latest updates Friday on how we’re living in the time of COVID-19.

Multiseason TV shows can keep us occupied for hours. Here’s 22 binge-worthy TV shows available for streaming.
03/18/2020

Multiseason TV shows can keep us occupied for hours. Here’s 22 binge-worthy TV shows available for streaming.

22 shows to stream as we wait out coronavirus

Chicago restaurants pivot to delivery, pickup, curbside and takeout. Here's our running list.
03/16/2020

Chicago restaurants pivot to delivery, pickup, curbside and takeout. Here's our running list.

Since hand-washing has become the national pastime, we set out to find Chicago’s top soap shop.
03/12/2020

Since hand-washing has become the national pastime, we set out to find Chicago’s top soap shop.

Since hand-washing has become the national pastime, we set out to find Chicago’s top soap shop. Meet Merz Apothecary of Lincoln Square.

Beyond our faces, what do we touch all the time? Our phones.
03/10/2020

Beyond our faces, what do we touch all the time? Our phones.

Here’s how to properly disinfect your phone, with tips from the CDC and Apple.

We’re heading into March like a lion this weekend, Chicago, and we’re eating and drinking at celebrations of Internation...
03/05/2020

We’re heading into March like a lion this weekend, Chicago, and we’re eating and drinking at celebrations of International Women’s Day, plus more great food at Pilsen Restaurant Week and some fantastic female musicians visiting town.

Free things to do in Chicago

Spring break is right around the corner. Whether you're considering a cruise or cancelling altogether, here are some thi...
03/04/2020

Spring break is right around the corner. Whether you're considering a cruise or cancelling altogether, here are some things to consider.

Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak don’t seem to be keeping travelers home. But COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and there's reason to be cautious, especially if headed to Asia.

Also tested: honey butter fried chicken biscuit, croissant sandwich, breakfast potatoes, Frosty-ccino and more.
03/03/2020

Also tested: honey butter fried chicken biscuit, croissant sandwich, breakfast potatoes, Frosty-ccino and more.

How do such new Wendy’s items as fried chicken biscuit and croissant sandwich stack up? What about that Frosty-ccino? And where are the hash browns?

Expect long lines and eclectic flavors as paczki lovers load up on the indulgent Fat Tuesday treats in Chicago and the s...
02/24/2020

Expect long lines and eclectic flavors as paczki lovers load up on the indulgent Fat Tuesday treats in Chicago and the suburbs.

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