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Dozens of bikes given away to kids at Union Park

75 refurbished bikes donated by Working Bikes Chicago found their way to children ages 2 to 10 at the West Loop event.

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McDonald’s workers celebrate city’s new $15 minimum hourly wage

"Today is the day that fast-food workers like me have fought for with a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears," McDonald’s employee Adriana Alvarez said at a rally outside the company’s West Loop headquarters on Thursday.

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Developer Tony Rezko’s son proposes West Loop building

The $95 million project would include apartments and maybe a hotel, but the alderman says community review is needed.

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Acclaimed West Loop restaurant Yūgen to close as chef leaves the business

Mari Katsumura is "taking time to focus on personal needs."

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Over a half-million trips taken on e-scooters in 2020, city survey shows

The Chicago Department of Transportation also reported 171 probably emergency room visits because of e-scooter accidents during the 2020 pilot — down from 2019’s 192 accidents.

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Three Chicago restaurants receive their first Michelin stars

Ever, Moody Tongue and Porto — two of them achieving two-star ratings — join 21 others on Michelin Guide’s 2021 list.

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Longtime pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Church stepping down after nearly 15 years

Rev. Tom Hurley first joined the parish as associate pastor in 2003 and became senior pastor in 2007.

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90-day protest begins at McDonald’s headquarters; Black franchise owners allege discrimination

James Byrd argued McDonald’s has put Black operators in economically distressed communities with high levels of crime, leading to higher overhead costs in terms of security, insurance, employee turnover and even rent.

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Chicago artists pay tribute to MF DOOM in murals honoring rapper who died in October

One mural in Logan Square and another in the West Loop memorialize the hip-hop star. ‘I saw him as a creative muse,’ one of the mural artists says.

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Apartment building burglarized in West Loop: police

In each incident someone pries open the rear door of a multi-unit apartment building and stole property from the lockers in the basement storage area.

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Metra gets an earful from aldermen

Several Chicago City Council members asked why Metra wants to upgrade the seven crossings — and build a new Fulton Market Station — on the Near West Side while Metra property outside the Central Business District is in sorry shape.

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Freckles the Firehouse Dog, ‘mayor of West Loop,’ dies after nearly 17 years at Engine 103

Freckles was the inspiration for "Pouch," the firehouse dog in NBC’s "Chicago Fire," said Alfred Cousineau, an Engine 103 firefighter.

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Johnny’s IceHouse East up for sale — but buyer must agree to close rink

Hockey players are "saddened" by the move to shut down one the few indoor rinks in the city.

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Mural’s message at House of Vans venue: We won’t ‘get through this all doing our own thing’

The work by Chicago artists O.J. Hays and Jae ‘An Original Peace’ Webb in the West Loop conveys ‘strength in having community and having a support system’ in troubled times.

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Judge orders Sony to give $1.5 million in royalties to R. Kelly’s former landlord

Earlier this year, Kelly’s former landlord — a Wisconsin-based property management company — secured a $3.5 million judgment against the singer to cover unpaid rent and repair costs at the studio space at 219 N. Justine St.

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Developers push new Fulton Market ventures

A hotel and a residential high-rise are the latest offerings as investors position for a real estate revival once the pandemic subsides.

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If only in a mural, Oprah Winfrey is back in the West Loop

‘It took my breath away,’ the former TV talk-show superstar says of how artist Shawn Michael Warren ‘was able to capture a feeling of hope and inspiration and strength.’

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Black SUV used in Near West Side carjacking, robbery: police

Over a two-hour period Wednesday in the West Loop and University Village, police responded to a carjacking, an armed robbery and an attempted car theft.

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Pandemic plunge: 52% decline in Chicago parking tickets, 42% drop in booting

Last year, 2.06 million parking tickets were issued in Chicago. This year, through June 30, only 498,980 tickets were written. Booting has seen a similar drop — from 57,196 in 2019 to just 12,018 during the first six months of 2020.

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Plumbers union proposes offices, parking for Near West Side

Local 130, a fixture in the neighborhood for decades, begins to answer some of the questions neighborhood residents have had about the property’s future.

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Fulton Market Street adopts full-week closures for expanded outdoor dining

The closure, which begins this weekend, is between Morgan and Carpenter streets.

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West Side political elders condemn looting, warn it could backfire

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said "things that were burned down and torn down 50 years ago ... are still down. There are vacant lots that were created after the assassination" of Dr. Martin Luther King. "They were vacant then. They’re vacant now."

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Blackhawks fans anxious for playoff hockey: ‘We’re playing with house money’

Fans enjoy a little bit of normal as the Chicago Blackhawks advance in the NHL playoffs.

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Black Lives Matter movement street art, murals see a surge in Chicago post-George Floyd

More have popped up since the killing in Minneapolis of the Black man by a white cop. One artist says the aim is ‘using this as a time for change and doing that through art.’

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We can’t fly; we can’t hug; at least let us grin

Alinea’s coronavirus-shaped canapé isn’t offensive. It’s cute, funny, and maybe even necessary.

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Second round of Chicago’s electric scooter pilot delayed until late summer

Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi said she needs to give the handful of companies expected to be involved in the second pilot time to sort out their shaky finances after heavy losses tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

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That octopus mural clinging to a West Loop building? Why it’s called ‘Maud.’

The painting that seems to cling to the corner of 1520 W. Fulton St. is by artist Nora Balayti. She also has murals elsewhere around the city and in Oak Lawn.

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Woman reported missing from West Loop is found safe

Police canceled a missing person alert Monday afternoon.

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Haymarket Center battles coronavirus outbreak; former employee says they acted ‘too late’

At least 45 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Haymarket Center, 932 W. Washington Blvd. — 14 employees and 31 patients, according to a facility spokesperson.

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Small-business owners want city to tap TIF money to provide ‘survival grants’

"Our ideal situation is to be able to get back to paying people payroll while we are closed," said Andrew Mooney, general manager of Art + Science hair salons.

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‘Very Cavallari’ season ends on happy note as Kristin opens Chicago store, Justin pops question

Proposal tugs at the heart on a finale that also includes Jay Cutler’s contribution to the Uncommon James product line.

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Chicago’s 2nd electric scooter pilot begins to take shape

Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi said the next test is likely to begin this summer, but it hasn’t been designed, nor has the test area been picked. Only firms that took part in the first program will be eligible.