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  • North Branch Trail extension joins a growing Northwest Side bike network

    LABAGH WOODS — It’s official: the North Branch Trail now reaches three miles deeper into the city’s Northwest Side than it did last year. The 22-mile asphalt path now leads cyclists and hikers directly from the Chicago Botanic Gardens in suburban Glencoe to the doorstep of the North Mayfair neighborhood. City and county officials mounted up and broke in the new path themselves at its official ribbon-cutting Saturday at the Irene C. Hernandez Picnic Grove, 4498 W. Foster Ave., the […]

  • The largest unclaimed lottery jackpots are facepalm-inducing screw-ups

    THE LOOP — Someone won $350,000 in the Illinois Lottery a year ago Wednesday — and likely doesn’t even know it. And when the clock strikes 5 p.m. Wednesday, the evening Lucky Day Lotto ticket bought at a convenience store in the Thompson Center will be worthless. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Illinois Lottery jackpots expire after a year — and if this one goes unclaimed, it would be the largest on record in the city. […]

  • Robie House bringing back after-work drinks and jazz

    HYDE PARK — The Robie House is opening itself up for some after-work drinks and jazz jams again this October. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will bring back After Hours from 5-8 p.m. Fridays in October. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Guests will be able have a beer or white wine and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying a jazz ensemble in the prairie-style architecture. Click to listen:

  • Benihana returns to Chicago this month with John Hancock Center restaurant

    MAGNIFICENT MILE — Benihana is opening a restaurant this month in the John Hancock Center, marking a return to the Mag Mile for the Japanese chain. The restaurant will open Aug. 23 next to the Cheesecake Factory at the base of the 100-story tower at 875 N. Michigan Ave., according to a Benihana spokeswoman. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of first-day proceeds to nearby Lurie Children’s Hospital. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Known for its […]

  • Chicago’s Riverwalk to host ‘Friday Night Flights’ craft beer fest

    DOWNTOWN — Chicago’s “Friday Night Flights” series of beer tastings has been making the rounds of the city’s neighborhoods, with the glaring exception of Downtown — until now. On Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office announced that the Riverwalk has been added as a venue for the popular event. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The waterfront promenade will host 14 of Chicago’s craft breweries, 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15. […]

  • Want to run for office? Learn how at ‘women empowerment’ event

    LOGAN SQUARE — Chicago ladies: Thinking about running for office someday? Head to Church of the Spirit, 2651 N. Central Park Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday to learn the ins and outs from State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago). Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. The event, dubbed “How To Run For Public Office,” is geared toward marginalized women and young people, particularly those in the LGTBQ, immigrant, refugee and minority religion communities. Click to listen:

  • Monumental murals being painted at Lake Shore Drive’s Fullerton underpass

    LINCOLN PARK — A pair of monumental murals are being painted on both sides of the Fullerton Parkway underpass at Lake Shore Drive. Working in conjunction with the Chicago Public Art Group, local artist Renee Robbins is executing murals across both sides of the underpass — 14 feet high by 110 feet wide. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Drivers and pedestrians will notice that extensive work has already been done on the murals, which Robbins began […]

  • Want Illinois to legalize weed? Play this new Cards Against Humanity deck

    CHICAGO — The newest deck from Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity gives card lovers a chance to put their money where their bong is. An effort to solve the state’s fiscal crisis by legalizing marijuana — expected to restart in January once lawmakers return to Springfield for a new session — will get a boost from sales of the new $5 Cards Against Humanity Weed Pack. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. All of the proceeds from the […]

  • Edgebrook owl statue came within one vote of being named ‘Owly McOwlface’

    CHICAGO — The results are in. Voters have chosen the relatively traditional “Eddie” as the name for the metal owl sculpture perched in Edgebrook, beating runner-up “Owly McOwlface” by a single vote. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Last month, the neighborhood group Everyday Edgebrook sponsored a 4-foot metal sculpture of a wide-eyed owl and set it in front of Local Goods Chicago, 5422 W. Devon Ave., where it will stay for about a year, group president Laura Guenther said. Click […]

  • ‘Floating museum’ to host live music this month at Riverwalk, Navy Pier

    DOWNTOWN — The city’s new “floating museum” will dock along the Riverwalk and Navy Pier this month, offering food, live music and DIY art projects. The new riverfront attraction will dock Downtown after swinging through Bridgeport and South Chicago, city officials said Wednesday. The art barge will be at the Riverwalk from Aug. 14-27 and Navy Pier starting Aug. 28. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Announced in May, the “floating museum” will host live music on Friday nights […]