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City Council stalls mayoral plan to relax marijuana zoning restrictions, shrink downtown exclusion zone

Aldermen Anthony Beale and Ray Lopez used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the vote until the next Council meeting. Lightfoot promptly set that vote for Monday’s special meeting, when she plans to introduce her 2022 city budget.

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Donald Trump gets a $300,000 tax break on Trump Tower after Fritz Kaegi slashes assessment

The former president got the property taxes on Trump International Hotel & Tower this year after Kaegi agreed the skyscraper’s vacant retail space makes it less valuable.

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Man charged with setting vehicle on fire, nearly driving into security guard in the Loop

A man was taken into custody after he nearly drove into a security guard, then set a vehicle on fire Tuesday in the Loop.

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Adult sports leagues offer safe outdoor options to socialize

Groups including Chicago Sports and Social Club, Players Sport & Social Group and Simply Social Sports are seeing more participants, as young adults look to mingle while playing volleyball, kickball and softball this summer.

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Food trucks return to Daley Plaza

After the one-year hiatus, the trucks will be at Daley Plaza every Friday through Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Berghoff restaurant reopens Monday after a year light on happy-hour and lunch patrons

‘It’s important that we get families back in the Loop,’ says a manager for the venerable restaurant and its Adams Street Brewery.

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For first Sundays on State, visitors pour onto that great street for arts, eats and community

More than 70 Chicago area vendors helped kick off the Chicago Loop Alliance’s festival series.

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Food Truck Fest returning to Daley Plaza

A rotating lineup of six trucks will serve food Fridays starting July 30 through Oct. 15

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Could downtown become a ‘pot paradise’ after all?

An ordinance filed Monday would allow new cannabis dispensaries to move into the downtown "exclusion zone" Mayor Lightfoot fought for and has continued to defend.

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Mayor says police know who fatally stabbed Maryland grad student in the Loop and are ‘scouring’ nearby homeless camps

Anat Kimchi, 31, was working on her doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice.

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Woman, 31, fatally stabbed in Loop attack, suspect sought

The woman was walking about 4 p.m. in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive when she was attacked by a man with a knife, Chicago police said.

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Contest seeks ideas for saving the Thompson Center

The 2021 Chicago Prize invites proposals for what it calls "a revolutionary civic center."

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More pedestrians in Loop, hotel, office occupancy levels rising as reopening nears

"After an incredibly difficult year, it’s heartening to see fuller sidewalks, waitlists at restaurants and more workers returning to downtown offices," said Michael Edwards, the Chicago Loop Alliance’s CEO and president.

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Man killed, woman critically injured in high-speed crash on Lake Shore Drive downtown

A black Chrysler 300 was speeding north on Lake Shore Drive when it lost control around Monroe Street and slammed into a gray Toyota Four Runner.

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17 people charged with drug trafficking in ‘Operation Tragic Blow’

14 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, and two kilograms of heroin at a high-rise apartment building in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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Hundreds march in Loop to show support for Palestine

Protesters gathered in Congress Plaza Garden, at Ida B. Wells Drive and Michigan Avenue. Various activists, politicians and religious leaders spoke before the group marched north on Michigan Avenue to Wacker Drive.

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Saving iconic religious art in Chicago: Loop stained glass, River Grove mosaic at risk

There are fears over what could happen to a towering stained-glass work at financially troubled Chicago Loop Synagogue and a mosaic at River Grove’s old Guerin Catholic high school.

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Downtown firms welcome workers back — carefully

With offices designed for more space and infection control, employers are looking at flexible schedules in the weeks ahead.

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Millennium Park bicycle center gets new operator for first time since 2004 opening

Shift Transit, whose CEO launched Divvy, will operate the McDonald’s Cycle Center, though several aldermen complained about fees Shift plans to charge for showers, locker room and towel services and bike parking and rental.

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Christkindlmarket founder Raimund F. ‘Ray’ Lotter dead at 83

He organized the first of the now-annual German Christmas markets in 1996, at Pioneer Court. It moved in 1997 to Daley Plaza, becoming a traditional stop for many.

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7 downtown buildings to get vaccine clinics as more workers head back to offices

Among the participating Chicago office buildings are the Merchandise Mart and the Wrigley Building. Also announced were two locations in Rockford and one in Schaumburg.

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Man stabbed during fight on Chicago Riverwalk

A bystander flagged down officers Sunday evening and directed them to two men fighting in the first block of East Wacker Drive

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Lightfoot administration floats alternative to renaming Outer Drive in honor of DuSable

Ald. David Moore likes the mayor’s ideas on other ways to honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, considered the first permanent non-indigenous settler in what is now Chicago. But Moore considers them a "complement" to his plan to rename the Outer Drive.

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Target CEO discusses possible expansion in Chicago

In a speech hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago, Target CEO Brian Cornell said the company would be looking to add new locations throughout the city.

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Convention shutdown costs city and state $233.8 million in tax revenue, McPier board told

McCormick Place held its last convention on March 6, 2020. Since then, the losses have been staggering: 230 canceled events that would have drawn 3.4 million attendees and a lost economic impact of $3 billion.

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An unexpected bonus for the shorter man

As vaccinations climb, menswear reawakens; now you can get your pants cuffed and stay safe at the same time.

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Woman carjacked at gunpoint while parked on Lower Randolph in the Loop

She was sitting in her 2012 Red Honda Civic in the 200 block of East Lower Randolph Street when a man tapped on her window with a gun and demanded she get out.

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Lightfoot warns looters poised to take advantage of Chauvin verdict: ‘Don’t test us.’

"We are prepared, and we are ready to arrest and bring to prosecution anyone who would dare to take the dreams of our small businesses by looting," the mayor said Tuesday morning.

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City issues developers’ plans for South Loop block

The four competing proposals emphasize affordable housing, a carbon-neutral design and money for Pritzker Park.

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Chicago Water Taxi to resume passenger service Memorial Day weekend after suspending operations for more than a year

Two of the company’s five iconic yellow boats will again begin making stops Saturday, May 29.

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Ceremony honors essential workers, Brown and Black communities affected by pandemic

Church bells rang during a moment of silence, followed by a performance of "Ave Maria," and then a wreath was laid at the fountain on the plaza.

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Downtown tower rising along South Canal almost complete

Officials held a topping off ceremony Thursday for BMO Tower.