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The dog days aren’t over

Chicago residents are taking their dogs adopted during the pandemic out on the town as restrictions ease.

People jog, cycle and rollerblade along The 606 trail near North Damen Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood.
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Chicago area offers plenty of places to get back out into nature

A byproduct of the pandemic was residents’ renewed connection to nature. Check out these Chicago-area spots for your outdoor fix.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, local leaders call for Congress to pass legislation that would hamper voting restrictions

The group said the passage of two bills — "For The People Act of 2021" and the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021" — would make it easier to register to vote and eliminate voter suppression tactics.

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Ducky Derby races 70,000 rubber ducks in the Chicago River, raises money for Special Olympics Illinois

As of Thursday afternoon, the Derby has raised about $310,340 for Special Olympics Illinois.

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To shorten lines, most Chicago-area driver services centers to require appointments

The Secretary of State’s office also will expand remote renewal for eligible drivers.

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Historic Lake View building moving westward — literally — so Red Line tracks can be straightened

The entire Vautravers Building will be moved about about 30 feet west and four feet south by the end of Tuesday.

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‘Welcome Imani & Siewka’ — Monty and Rose’s surviving piping plover chicks now have names

Chicago residents suggested names for the two chicks and a panel of 10 made the final choice.

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Seniors, people with disabilities can’t reach their books at Lake View library

"We’re looking at a real justice issue here," said Darryl Grant, 67, who has moved to another library due to the three-month elevator problem.

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University of Chicago students take on NASA challenge to help hearts work better in space

The team’s findings could help earthbound people with heart conditions, too, with organ transplants and stem cell regeneration of the heart.

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Car slams into woman walking her puppy in Humboldt Park. Her message to drivers? ‘Just pay attention’

Before the pandemic, the number of pedestrians hit by cars has trended upward since 2014, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.