Chicago Police Department recruits lined up in their dark blue uniforms

Chicago Police Department recruits attend their graduation ceremony at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, Monday, June 5.

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Picture Chicago: 18 can’t miss Sun-Times’ photos

Taylor Swift and her Swifties took over the city, a giant pigeon was spotted in Welles Park, and Chicago Public Schools students started summer break.

Taylor Swift holds a microphone close to her face while performing in front of a pink background

Taylor Swift performs for a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field, Friday, June 2.

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A man holds what appears to be a gun while standing on a makeshift platform atop a Humboldt Park building.

A man holds what appears to be a gun while standing on a makeshift platform atop a Humboldt Park building in the 4100 block of West Chicago Avenue during a standoff with police, Friday, June 2. The man, who later took his own life inside the building, had been the subject of more than 40 calls for service since January 2022.

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Attendees including a woman in a black t-shirt sway to the music during the Chicago Gospel Music Festival at Millennium Park.

Attendees sway to the music during the Chicago Gospel Music Festival at Millennium Park in the Loop, Saturday, June 3.

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A student wearing a backpack walks toward the front entrance of Gale Community Academy.

A student arrives for his last day of school at Gale Community Academy at 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace in Rogers Park on the North Side, Wednesday, June 7.

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Roman Banks sits with his legs up in a plush red chair.

Roman Banks, playing Michael Jackson in “MJ” the musical at the Nederlander Theatre in the Loop, Tuesday, June 6.

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Family, friends, and mourners look up as they release colorful balloons into a cloudy sky

Family, friends, and mourners release balloons during a vigil for 14-year-old Pierre Johnson, who was shot and killed in a mass shooting last week on the South Side, Wednesday, June 7.

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A Giant Hungarian House Pigeon stands next to a common pigeon that is much smaller.

A Giant Hungarian House Pigeon, about twice the size of a common pigeon, is seen at Welles Park in Lincoln Square, Thursday, June 8.

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Taylor Swift leans back in a blazer as she and her dancers perform the song on stage.

Taylor Swift wears a blazer as she and her dancers perform the song, “The Man” at Soldier Field on Friday.

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Fans cheer and dance as Taylor Swift performs at Soldier Field.

Fans cheer and dance as Taylor Swift performs at Soldier Field, Friday, June 2.

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Graduating senior Elijah Stiffend stands outside Englewood STEM High School in a red hoodie.

Graduating senior Elijah Stiffend stands outside Englewood STEM High School at 6835 S. Normal Blvd. in Englewood, Thursday, June 1. The school opened in 2019 to consolidate incoming students from four underenrolled nearby high schools closed by Chicago Public Schools. This is one model proposed as an alternative to mass closings of low-enrollment schools.

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Kocoy Malagón, owner of Koco’s Boutique, looks at a dress as she works in her Little Village shop.

Kocoy Malagón, owner of Koco’s Boutique, makes adjustments to one of the dresses she’s selling in her Little Village shop, Friday, May 26. Malagón moved her business from the Little Village Discount Mall a few months before it closed down.

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A woman in a sweatshirt holds up a sign that says “No Mas Fossil Fuels” while chanting alongside other protestors.

Environmental activists chant after a press conference outside City Hall in the Loop, where they gathered to demand that the permit for General Iron to operate in the Southeast Side remain denied, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The protest was in response to a judge overruling City Hall’s decision to deny its permit on June 1.

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Students play soccer on concrete as they wait for their last day of school to start at Gale Community Academy.

Students play soccer as they wait for their last day of school to start at Gale Community Academy at 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace in Rogers Park on the North Side, Wednesday, June 7.

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Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez tour a classroom full of students at Orr Academy High School.

On the last day of school, Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez tour a classroom at Orr Academy High School at 730 N. Pulaski Rd. on the West Side, Wednesday, June 7.

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Two people dance as the Blind Boys of Alabama perform in the background at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Darren Taylor and Pam Rashid dance as the Blind Boys of Alabama perform at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park during Blues Fest, Thursday, June 8, 2023. Taylor and Rashid have been coming to Blues Fest together since they were teens.

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Police recruits in dark blue uniforms raise their hands to take their oaths during the Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony.

Recruits take the oath of office during a Chicago Police Department graduation ceremony at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, Monday, June 5.

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State Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Speaker Pro Tempore Jehan Gordon-Booth bump fists while surrounded by supporters.

State Sen. Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Speaker Pro Tempore Jehan Gordon-Booth bump fists before Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the state’s $50.4 billion budget at Christopher House, an early education center in Belmont Cragin, Wednesday, June 7.

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