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Chicago's New Normal

How COVID-19 will reshape our region, its economy and everyday life.

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Lightfoot to deliver her version of civilian police oversight on Thursday, ally says

Ald. Chris Taliaferro said he has no doubt Lightfoot will want to retain power to set the CPD budget and hire and fire the police superintendent, COPA chief and Police Board president. And she should, he added.

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Depression, anxiety spike in Chicago, elsewhere amid pandemic, turbulent times

Calls from March through July to the U.S. government-funded Disaster Distress Helpline, which offers counseling and emotional support, surged 335% from the same period last year.

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Video visits, drive-up services, mobile apps: The new normal of seeing a doctor

Doctor visits rapidly switched to video calls over the past several months, a practice that will live on beyond the pandemic.

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New normal for reopened Chicago, suburban schools come fall likely to be very different

It won’t be ‘business as usual,’ state officials say, ‘but rather the convergence of a new reality.’ Like one-way hallways and quarantine rooms and daily temperature checks.

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Convention planners squint to see an industry rebound

With McCormick Place and other halls idle, the industry tries to imagine a post-pandemic future.

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Fulton Market office project tries new tactics to fight germs

Opening this summer, the building incorporates changes for the coronavirus.

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Chicago’s new normal: Cashless, contactless transactions might become our default post-COVID-19

A similar switch happened after a 2016 cash crunch in India. This time, it could take hold permanently in the United States.

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Chicago’s new normal: How grocery shopping will be left changed by coronavirus pandemic

Heightened sanitation, more online ordering, plenty of meal kits and the end of the salad bar. The coronavirus will leave us with many changes, experts predict.

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Brave new world of commuting: Loudspeaker voices telling you to spread out, floor decals, cordoned-off seats

Will it be safe? Transit agencies seek to allay fears as much as possible as the city and state look toward loosening restrictions in the coming days and weeks.

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Temperature checks on deck: Reopening guidelines usher in new normal

Whether employers and customers will adapt to reopening guidelines and whether businesses can be profitable under the rules will be key to the revival of the Illinois economy.

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Chicago’s new normal: When will tourists come back?

Unlike some places that have hurtled toward a rapid reopening, Chicago wants to be viewed as an intelligent destination that visitors can trust.

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Chicago’s new normal: How reopened workplaces will look different due to the coronavirus pandemic

Working from home will remain a factor, but those venturing back to the office in the coming months should expect see a host of new workplace protocols.

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How COVID-19 is transforming our lives: What will change when the lockdown ends

Maybe one day I’ll be telling stories about living through this COVID-19 disaster. I’ll be like my mother recalling how she grew up during the Great Depression.