Chicago announces extension of temporary fine and fee forgiveness

Chicago announces extension of temporary fine and fee forgiveness
It’s almost time to pay the piper (aka the City). But not quite. Yesterday Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and City Comptroller Reshma Soni announced the City’s phased approach for ticketing and enforcement to help residents who are continuing to experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.   The announcement comes after the Lightfoot Administration temporarily suspended many of... Read more »

Chicago begins reopening: Here’s what’s open

Chicago begins reopening: Here’s what’s open
 Finally some good news As Chicago emerges from the darkness of the pandemic and unrest that’s been haunting the country since early March. tomorrow is a new beginning. Tomorrow we say hello to Phase 3 when the curfew lifts at 6am in the morning. Here’s what’s opening on June 3 Businesses & offices Non-essential retail... Read more »

Chicago designates six city streets to be opened for dining & recreation

Chicago designates six city streets to be opened for dining & recreation
City announces pilot projects to provide relief to local businesses through expanded outdoor dining space and recreational activities Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined Commissioners Gia Biagi and Rosa Escareno from the Chicago Departments of Transportation (CDOT) and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) to announce Chicago’s ‘Our Streets’ plan. The plan is designed to... Read more »
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Al fresco dining is back: Where to go

Al fresco dining is back: Where to go
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker gave the green light to al fresco dining to return in Illinois as part of the Phase 3 reopening May 29.. That means in Illinois if restaurants have outdoor space they can serve guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) starting today. Cause for celebration? YES! But not so fast. A big chuck of... Read more »

Godfrey Hotel’s DIY Cocktail kits for summer sipping

Godfrey Hotel’s DIY Cocktail kits for summer sipping
As we carefully inch our way back to normal with Phase III kicking off in Illinois this Friday–we can once again gather outside (carefully). In most of Illinois, we can also dine al fresco (but not yet Chicago)–again with regulations. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space available–you can, once again, entertain.... Read more »

Memorial Day Weekend Chicago: What’s open what’s not in 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Chicago: What’s open what’s not in 2020
 As part of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s all-hands-on-deck public safety strategy, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the Chicago Police Department and other City departments and agencies have  joined together to emphasize that safety is a priority when celebrating the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.   “Even as we face an unprecedented public health... Read more »
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Prepare for the new normal with a free download of Millennial Samurai

Prepare for the new normal with a free download of Millennial Samurai
What does the new normal mean for your future? Empower, embrace are strong words from author and former Nevada Attorney General George J. Chanos in his new book Millennial Samurai that offers a roadmap for facing the challenges that lie ahead. COVID-19 has changed the world in ways we couldn’t have imagined as little as a few months... Read more »

Memorial Day 2020: Not just business as usual

Memorial Day 2020: Not just business as usual
Remember when Memorial Day Weekend (pre covid-19) was the kick off to everything we love about Chicago. Not so much this year. Here’s a look at Memorial Day Weekend 2020 and a look back: 2020 Time to head to the Riverwalk (sorry closed); rent a kayak on the Chicago River (sorry closed): Bike the Drive... Read more »

Zoo news: Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes new arrivals

Zoo news: Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes new arrivals
Lincoln Park Zoo Announces Grevy’s Zebra Pregnancy and Welcomes New Arrivals sure to put a smile on your face While Lincoln Park Zoo remains temporarily closed for the first extended period in its 152-year history, life goes on with the  birth of a Diana Monkey and Two Japanese Macaques. The zoo announced that 13-year-old female Grevy’s Zebra Adia is... Read more »
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Blue Angels Chicago flight plan

Blue Angels Chicago flight plan
Look up–if you hear them you’ve already missed them Although it’s not the Chicago Air and Water Show, it is one of the most exciting  things that’s happened around here since mid-March. The Blue Angels will be flying over Chicago today to honor all COVID-19 workers. ETA 11:45 am. to noon The salute to the... Read more »