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  • Nasty war between dog owners and birders at Montrose Beach could end soon

    CHICAGO — A nasty war between birders and dog owners at Montrose Beach — a fight that’s even included pepper-spraying and rocks to the head — could be headed toward a peaceful solution. For years, the two groups have battled over sandy ground at the beach, which is ranked as Illinois’ best place for birding. It has a protected bird habitat but also a fenced-off area for dogs and their owners. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. […]

  • Only one Irish bar in Chicago ranked among top 50 in the U.S.

    AVONDALE — There’s no denying that Chief O’Neill’s is about as Irish as it gets. From its namesake Chicago police superintendent to the menu stocked with Irish staples, the Avondale bar has been steeped in Irish tradition since it opened in 1999. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. And as it turns out, it might just be the best Irish bar in Chicago. Click to listen:

  • Program launched to save Chicago’s ‘forgotten’ World War I monuments

    CHICAGO — Landmarks Illinois is starting a grant program to preserve the state’s World War I outdoor monuments and memorials. The Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program launched Tuesday as the United States nears the 100th anniversary of its entry into World War I on April 6, 1917. Grants will range from $500-$5,000. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. “The Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program provides critical funding for aging historical markers […]

  • 100 Manierre students get bikes & shoes — and two get $10,000 for college

    OLD TOWN — Students both beginning and ending their tenure at Manierre Elementary got a boost from a nonprofit student-athlete group Monday. Buddy’s Helpers, which draws on Chicago-area high school student athletes and coaches “Making a Difference On and Off the Field,” gave two $10,000 college scholarships to Manierre eighth-graders, as well as bicycles and new shoes to more than 100 students in kindergarten through second grade. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Some 300 student athletes, […]

  • Kids with special needs to be entrepreneurs in new soap business

    BEVERLY — Holly Simon has higher aspirations for her 14-year-old son than simply bagging groceries — a job often suggested for Nate, who has Down syndrome. The Beverly mom thinks Nate and others like him might be better suited for a career in sales, distribution or even as a company executive. And Simon is working to create such opportunities. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. She’ll launch her new bar soap and bath bomb business March 24 […]

  • Need a summer job? Apply now for 1 of 30,000 offered by city

    CHICAGO — Teens and young adults looking for a summer job or internship can apply online for one of the 30,000 positions offered through the One Summer Chicago program. Youths ages 14-24 can apply online at onesummerchicago.org until May 15, officials said. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. For the first time, Chicagoans with a little extra cash can donate online through the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to expand the opportunities for the teens and young adults, who […]

  • In Lakeview, crime is down, data shows — but not everyone is buying it

    LAKEVIEW — As he gets to know his new district, Town Hall Police Cmdr. Marc Buslik has been poring over crime data. At a neighborhood meeting Tuesday, he said the numbers suggest things are looking up in 2017, despite a recent series of high-profile sexual assaults and robberies. At a meeting with South Lakeview Neighbors Tuesday night, Buslik compared the last 28 days — a four-week cycle starting Feb. 14 — with the same time frame over the last four years, which showed […]

  • Why are so many Trump Tower condos for sale right now?

    DOWNTOWN — Downtown condos can be hard to find … unless you’re looking in Trump Tower. There were 62 condominiums listed for sale in the Trump International Hotel & Tower at 401 N. Wabash Ave. as of Friday afternoon. Take away the 14 listed “hotel-condos” likely owned by investors, and the tower still has double or triple the number of active listings of any other comparable condo building in Downtown Chicago. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. “Nobody has 60 units […]

  • Chicago Cocktail Summit returning to Logan Square

    LOGAN SQUARE — Calling all mixologists and at-home bartenders: The Chicago Cocktail Summit is returning to Logan Square this spring. The second annual two-day summit, set for April 2-3, will bring together bar and restaurant professionals and enthusiasts alike for a number of workshops, demos and seminars revolving around the art of making cocktails. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The summit was organized by Billy Helmkamp of The Whistler and Erik Westra of Westra & Co. […]

  • Yellow taxis are safer than blue, red ones: study

    CHICAGO — A new study finds that taxi cabs painted yellow are 9 percent less likely to be involved in accidents than ones painted blue. The researchers came to the conclusion after studying three years of traffic statistics in Singapore. “Yellow is more noticable than blue taxis, especially when in front of another vehicle and in street lighting,” they write in the report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. Click here for more […]