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A scene along Chicago’s lakefront on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

Even though state parks are set to reopen May 1 with restrictions, Chicago’s lakefront will remain closed, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

A documentary about the last days of the Chicago Brauhaus will debut online April 30. (Courtesy of Brauhaus Film)

The Lincoln Square mainstay closed in 2017 and filmmaker Matt Richmond set out to learn why. The documentary will stream for free on April 30.

Visitors have been ignoring forest preserve rules, leading officials to place limits on access. (Raed Mansour / Flickr)

Too many visitors are flocking to the most popular forest preserves and ignoring social distancing rules, prompting weekend parking lot closures through the end of May, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Friday.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over the city’s first virtual City Council meeting on April 15, 2020. (@chicagosmayor / Twitter)

The 29-21 vote is the closest in recent City Council history, as tensions between aldermen and the mayor continue to rise during the pandemic that forced the meeting to take place virtually.

(Harry Pujols / Flickr)

The distinctive sound of hooves clip-clopping along downtown streets will soon become a relic of a bygone era.

New statewide totals: 39,658 cases, 1,795 deaths

The drive-thru testing facility at 6959 Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Weeks ago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wanted to perform 10,000 coronavirus tests a day. On Friday, Pritzker announced Illinois has reached and surpassed that mark.

A quiet lakefront in Chicago on March 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois sets a new record of confirmed COVID-19 cases as testing capacity expands. Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends the stay-at-home order until May 30 with some modifications. And Chicago aldermen narrowly approve emergency powers for Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

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