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    LAKEVIEW — A wealthy, politically connected family has blocked off 3,000 square feet of public parkland in Lakeview as its own front yard for the past five years by planting hedges, Chicago Park District’s inspector general alleged in a new report. The homeowners put in hedges and fencing in 2015, effectively cordoning off the parkland to create a makeshift yard on land reserved for public use, Chicago Park District Inspector General Will Fletcher wrote in a report last week. And...
    Baseball fans--youre not going to want to miss this!One Chicago area teen came up with an idea to build mini Wrigley Field in his backyard, and he knocked it out of the park.I just started it, it was a spot for me and my friends to come back here and play every summer, said D.J. Dick. And this summer with everything and quarantine and COVID-19, I thought I could just make it into something that I really wanted to, cuz...
    Baseball fans--youre not going to want to miss this!One Chicago area teen came up with an idea to build mini Wrigley Field in his backyard, and he knocked it out of the park.I just started it, it was a spot for me and my friends to come back here and play every summer, said D.J. Dick. And this summer with everything and quarantine and COVID-19, I thought I could just make it into something that I really wanted to, cuz...
    Baseball fans--youre not going to want to miss this!One Chicago area teen came up with an idea to build mini Wrigley Field in his backyard, and he knocked it out of the park.I just started it, it was a spot for me and my friends to come back here and play every summer, said D.J. Dick. And this summer with everything and quarantine and COVID-19, I thought I could just make it into something that I really wanted to, cuz...
    Baseball fans--youre not going to want to miss this!One Chicago area teen came up with an idea to build mini Wrigley Field in his backyard, and he knocked it out of the park.I just started it, it was a spot for me and my friends to come back here and play every summer, said D.J. Dick. And this summer with everything and quarantine and COVID-19, I thought I could just make it into something that I really wanted to, cuz...
    Getty Fireworks to celebrate the fourth of July explode after the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles on July 3, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled most large gatherings in 2020, including Fourth of July fireworks celebrations like the annual Navy Pier fireworks display in Chicago. But there are still a few great options in and around the Chicagoland area. Here’s what you need to know...
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    LAKEVIEW — Despite another reminder from city officials Thursday that beaches and the lake remain closed, a few hundred people were on Montrose Beach and in Lake Michigan on Thursday. At a Thursday press conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city officials, Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly reminded people not to come to city beaches for the holiday weekend.  “I want to remind everybody that the beaches are still closed. The water is still off-limits. The...
    LAKEVIEW — Michael Tadin Jr. hit the news this week after it was revealed he and his wife planted hedges around public parkland and created a private yard for their upscale Lakeview East home for years. But it was his longtime association with a Southwest Side asphalt plant that drew protesters to his home Thursday evening. Tadin co-owns the controversial MAT Asphalt plant in McKinley Park and MT Transit. He also owns Morgan Street Development. When the plant...
    1 of 3Tim McCarthy, Orland Park Police Chief and former Secret Service agent who was wounded protecting President Ronald Reagan in 1981, stands alongside Gov. Pat Quinn in July 2012 during a press conference in Illinois. McCarthy is retiring Aug. 1, 2020 according to the village of Orland Park. McCarthy has served as chief since 1994. (Dom Najolia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)1 of 3Tim McCarthy, Orland Park Police Chief and former Secret Service agent who was wounded protecting President Ronald Reagan...
    ROGERS PARK — Rogers Park officials are looking at ways to stem the neighborhood’s gun violence after shootings in the area have spiked this year. The Far North Side neighborhood saw a violent end to June, with one person killed and five others shot in Rogers Park since Sunday. Since June 16, two people have been killed and six others wounded in Rogers Park shootings, according to Chicago Police crime statistics. Through the first six months of 2020,...
    LAKEVIEW — The hedges a wealthy Lakeview homeowner is accused of planting to block off parkland to create a private yard were being ripped out Thursday morning. At about 8:30 a.m., a landscape crew was at the home in the 3000 block of North Lake Shore Drive West to remove the hedgerow on public land. Block Club revealed Tuesday that politically connected businessman Michael Tadin Jr. and his wife, Natalie Tadin, planted hedges around the 3,000 square feet...
    POLISH TRIANGLE — Helena Madej’s restaurant has been a mainstay in Wicker Park for more than three decades, even as the neighborhood has rapidly changed around her. But Podhalanka Polska Restauracja is at risk of closing if neighbors don’t show up. The restaurant, 1549 W. Division St., sits on the south side of the busy Polonia Triangle, at the border between Wicker Park and Noble Square. Once packed with Polish immigrants, the area has lost many of its family-owned...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Fireworks traditionally light up the skies over Naperville on the Fourth of July, and they were determined to celebrate Americas Independence Day again this year regardless of COVID-19 restrictions.So the show will go on, with a few modifications.People wanted the original location, but we couldnt do that because of limited space. Not safely, said Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico.They are moving the location of this years show to the south side of the city in Frontier Park...
    LAKEVIEW — After city officials revealed a wealthy Lakeview homeowner was roping off public land to create a private yard, the resident countered that the space is open and dozens of people use it each day. So a few more took him up on the offer. Block Club revealed Tuesday businessman Michael Tadin Jr. and his wife, Natalie Tadin planted hedges and fencing around the 3,000 square feet of Chicago Park District land in front of their home, according to...
    LINCOLN PARK — Chicago Public Schools is moving to fire one coach and reinstate two others months after they were suspended from Lincoln Park High School amid widespread allegations of misconduct. District officials are still withholding details about the incidents, parents say, pushing them to demand specifics about why the coaches were ousted in the first place in January and February. At the time, the boys basketball team’s season was suspended and a number of top administrators were ousted:...
    IRVING PARK — An Irving Park woman has raised $3,200 for Lurie Children’s Hospital selling tie-dyed face masks.  Bailey Catanese began tie-dying cotton face masks as a fun project to do with her two small children in April during the stay at home order. The masks were very comfortable to wear, she said, but were a boring, plain white.  After dying masks with her children for her family, Catanese posted photos of them online and friends asked where she bought...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city is threatening to sue a wealthy homeowner accused of turning part of the park of Lincoln Park into his own front yard. The city said the well-connected owner of the home on Lake Shore Drive West north of Wellington Avenue in East Lakeview has sectioned off 3,000 square feet of public land with hedges and fencing in front of his house. The Chicago Park District has been sending notices to the homeowner since 2015. Activists...
    HYDE PARK — When Sky Cubacub stepped out of the elevator and saw the completed wall-sized mural of themselves staring back, they could not believe how perfect the depiction was.  Cubacub, a non-binary, queer, disabled Filipinx activist, organizer and founder of Rebirth Garments, is the subject of a new 22-by-10-foot mural that honors Cubacub’s leadership and visibility within the LGBTQ community. The mural, titled “Rebirth,” was created by artists Andy Bellomo and Sandra Antongiorgi. Antongiorgi painted the portrait while Bellomo...
    WICKER PARK — One Off Hospitality will not reopen one of its Wicker Park mainstays. Café Cancale, 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., is shuttering so owners can focus on their other businesses, according to a Tuesday Instagram post. In addition to Café Cancale, One Off operates several other restaurants and bars across Chicago.  In Wicker Park, locals will recognize The Violet Hour, a cocktail lounge, and restaurants Dove’s Luncheonette and Big Star. Inspired by chef Paul Kahan’s trip to coastal France, Café Cancale opened last...
    WICKER PARK — The 20th annual Wicker Park Farmers Market reopens Sunday with new rules for social distancing. The market will bring 16 vendors 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday to Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. The market was previously virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. No more than 50 shoppers will be allowed inside the market at a time and there will be contactless sanitizing stations. Foot traffic will be one-way only. The Wicker Park Fieldhouse will remain...
    CHICAGO — In Chicago, as in cities across the country, summer school carries higher stakes this year.  After the profound disruption to learning wrought by the coronavirus outbreak, summer instruction will give students a chance to catch up on school work — and credits — they missed this past spring. It will allow some students to get back on track for fall studies or to graduate. With an all-virtual format, it will be a summer learning season like no other....
    PILSEN — An initiative aimed at helping residents protect themselves from coronavirus is offering free COVID-19 testing Monday in Pilsen. We Got Us, a collaborative of South and West Side organizing groups, and disaster response nonprofit Core Response are offering free COVID-19 testing at Healthy Hood, 2242 S. Damen Ave. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. No appointment, identification or insurance is required to get tested. View this post on Instagram Free covid 19 testing in partnership with @coreresponse @_frillz...
    Coronavirus — Only three days after Jabari Parker will announce what gave positive for coronavirus, the Sacramento Kings forward was photographed playing tennis at Chicago’s Longfellow Park, today Saturday. TMZ Sports public two photographs of parker, who is seen holding a racket on a tennis court, wearing black shorts and a T-shirt, and smiling in one of the images. After the photographs were published, the Kings declared to NBC Sports California than “We know the report and we are...
    HYDE PARK — Laura Staley’s simple, form-based coronavirus resource network was one of the first to pop up in Hyde Park at the beginning of the pandemic. Now, the mother and community organizer has expanded the network to include a website and an option to commit to monthly donations. In an effort to encourage commitment, her family is pledging to match donors’ first month up to $5,000 in total. Since the first days of the mutual aid network, in which...