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  • Graceland’s no. 1 complaint no more: Now you can bike the cemetery

    UPTOWN — Observing the magnificent scenery at Graceland Cemetery is now a lot easier. The self-described “oasis of art, architecture and landscape design” at 4001 N. Clark St. began allowing visitors to ride around the grounds via bicycle on a trial basis around the end of June, said Jensen Allen, the cemetery’s associate director. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. “We just started to notice that was our biggest complaint — that cars could ride through, but […]

  • Watch your step in Lincoln Square — There’s a Word Play game underfoot

    LINCOLN SQUARE — Be sure to watch where you walk along Lincoln Avenue near Welles Park. There’s a game underfoot. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. A giant word grid has been stenciled onto the sidewalk between Sunnyside and Montrose, courtesy of the David L. Hoyt Education Foundation. Click to listen:

  • High-tech effort to stop shootings, murders paying off, Rahm says

    NORTH LAWNDALE — The Chicago Police Department’s push to use technology to prevent gun violence and to lock up criminals quickly is paying off, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday. They cited an average 22 percent drop in the number of shootings in some of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. That drop in shootings has been recorded in the six police districts on the West and South side covered by the Police […]

  • The Chicago skyline of tomorrow: Top 10 tallest buildings are changing

    DOWNTOWN — The 10 tallest buildings in Chicago have been the same since 2009. But (economy willing) that won’t be for long. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. A bevy of new, post-recession towers in the pipeline promise to change Chicago’s skyline in the near future. The latest addition: a proposed 76-story skyscraper that would be built on the former site of Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot at Chicago Avenue and State Street. Click to listen:

  • City to write more parking tickets on weekends because it needs the money

    CITY HALL — Shoppers hoping to test their luck by parking on Saturday or Sunday without feeding the meter would face longer odds of getting away scot-free under a proposal included in the city’s 2018 budget. Aiming to generate an additional $4 million in revenue, city officials are poised to expand enforcement efforts in more commercial areas of the city, where business owners want to see parking spots open up frequently to attract more shoppers, officials said. Click here for […]

  • Adult dodgeball tournament seeks more recruits for costumed bout Friday

    UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — A dodgeball tournament this weekend allows you to fire rubber balls at costumed opponents for a good cause. The tournament, which is open to adults only, is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday at Columbus Elementary School in Ukrainian Village, 1003 N. Leavitt St. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Halloween costumes are encouraged — there will be prizes awarded to the best team costume as well as the first place team. Click to listen:

  • Yelp says if you want to open a business, do it in these five neighborhoods

    CHICAGO — Five Chicago neighborhoods made online local review site Yelp’s list of America’s Top 50 “most improved neighborhoods for economic opportunity.” The term doesn’t refer to neighborhoods with the most businesses or the largest businesses, but neighborhoods where if a business opens, it has a high chance of staying in business months later. Click here for more on this story from DNAinfo. Chicago neighborhoods that made the list were Bucktown (No. 11), Lincoln Park (No. 15), Andersonville (No. 26), […]

  • Here’s how to get a refund for wrongly paid red-light, speed camera tickets

    CITY HALL — Chicagoans can apply for their share of the $38.75 million that the City of Chicago will pay to settle claims that it failed to allow motorists to challenge tickets issued by red-light and speed cameras. Under the settlement approved by the City Council in July, 1.2 million people who paid fines — but didn’t get a chance to contest the 1.5 million citations they received — could get a refund of half of what they paid the […]

  • Free tours of Jackson Park led by Historical Society set for Oct. 29

    JACKSON PARK — Historical experts will lead a free guided tour of Jackson Park Oct. 29 that walks through the park’s past as the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and its future as the home of the Obama Presidential Center. Tim Wittman, of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s historic preservation program will talk about the history of the park at 2 p.m. at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., followed by […]

  • Beloved Booklegger’s to close after 28 years in Lakeview, 38 in Chicago

    LAKEVIEW — A used book store that has been a Lakeview staple for almost three decades — and in its current location at 2907 N. Broadway for 18 years — will be closing its doors on Oct. 23. Booklegger’s Used Books owner Lawrence Van De Carr said the decision to close isn’t a result of anything dramatic, but it’s “just time.” The store was open for a decade in Rogers Park before it moved to Lakeview. Click here for more […]

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