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Oak Park was the first town in Illinois to issue a stay-at-home order when a cluster of COVID-19 cases was found in mid-March, just days before the statewide shutdown. Months later, it has started to come to life again.

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While the state of Illinois has enacted a partial shutdown for restaurants and bars and nixed big public gatherings, one local community has taken it a step further.

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(Photo by Ronnie Marlin)

Bite-sized dishes, Oscar-nominated films, hot cocoa and Lunar New Year parades usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(David Wilson / Flickr)

A festive CTA train, winter markets, irreverent attorneys and holiday hounds usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Patrick L. Pyszka / City of Chicago, DCASE)

Holiday lights, art fairs, new toys and hot rods usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Val Camilletti at her record store, Val’s halla, in 2005. (WTTW News)

A legendary record store is closing at the end of the month. We revisit our portrait of this one-of-a-kind shop opened by Val Camilletti in 1972.

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Late Chicago artist Sabina Ott created the nonprofit Terrain Biennial, a public art event that invites participants to display site-specific exhibits in their front yard. 

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Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF / Facebook)

The suburban school district’s Board of Education voted Monday to spend $54,000 to reprint the books after more than a dozen photos were found of students displaying an upside-down “OK” hand gesture.

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The William G. Fricke House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the stops on the 2019 Wright Plus Housewalk. (Frank Lloyd Wright Trust / Facebook)

Historic homes, art fairs, cover bands and water lanterns usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF / Facebook)

A 14-year-old suburban student is facing a criminal charge after allegedly sending classmates an image of a Swastika over their phones during a school assembly last week.

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Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF / Facebook)

A suburban high school is once again investigating an incident involving an anti-Semitic message sent to students only days after racist messages were found written throughout its campus.

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Punk rock bands, tons of tacos, cultural celebrations, butterflies and yoga usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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An image from the series “America to Me.” (Photo: Kartemquin Films)

A conversation with “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James, who tackles an ambitious series about racial disparity in a Chicago-area high school.

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(Courtesy of City of Chicago, DCASE)

High-flying aerial acrobatics, culinary creations, an eco-friendly beer fest and all things vintage usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Val Camilletti at her record store, Val’s halla, in 2005. (WTTW News)

The legendary owner of Val’s halla, which celebrates 46 years in business this weekend, died Monday after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

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A wellness center’s program addresses the unique needs of pregnant women with substance use disorders. This week, the group celebrated a milestone.

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