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Free Craft Project by Local Artist Lets Kids Build Their Own Blocks

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(Courtesy of Matt Bergstrom)

Chicago artist Matt Bergstrom wants kids across the city to get to know the homes that make up their neighborhood blocks by building them with their own hands, one free printable model at a time. 

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(Courtesy of Matt Bergstrom)

Red Onions Linked to Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

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Nearly 400 people in 34 states, including 10 in Illinois, have become ill with a strain of the bacterial disease linked to red onions from a major California producer, according to a food safety alert from the CDC.

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SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 Years

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In this May, 30, 2020 file photo, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo / John Raoux, File)

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

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In this May, 30, 2020 file photo, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo / John Raoux, File)

5 Things to Know About Chicago’s Quarantine Order

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Ready to hit the open road? You might want to rethink those travel plans. Even a simple day trip to Wisconsin could cost you two weeks at home — or a possible fine.

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1,467 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois, 14 Additional Deaths 

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(WTTW News)

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday reported 1,467 new cases of COVID-19 — the 12th day in a row the state reported more than 1,000 new cases in a 24-hour period. In total, the state has seen 181,943 confirmed cases of the virus.

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Debate Begins For Who’s First in Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

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In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo / Hans Pennink)

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. 

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In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo / Hans Pennink)

Blackhawks Stun Oilers 6-4 in Series Opener

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)

Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday.

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)

Amid Surge in Homicides and Shootings, CPD Points to Overall Crime Reduction

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(WTTW News)

According to data released by the Chicago Police Department, the city saw 105 homicides in July — an increase of 138% compared to July 2019. Despite that increase, police say overall crime numbers are trending down.

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Rent’s Due, Again: Monthly Anxieties Deepen as Aid Falls Off

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Roushaunda Williams poses for a photo in Chicago on Thursday, July, 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1.

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Roushaunda Williams poses for a photo in Chicago on Thursday, July, 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Returning to Work? Here’s How to Prepare Your Pets for Alone Time

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The coronavirus has upended daily routines around the globe, but it’s not just humans who have been impacted. Our pets have grown accustomed to us being home around the clock.

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The Week in Review: Pritzker Issues Stern Warning

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, July 31, 2020: “We’re at a danger point, everybody. Pay attention.”

The governor warns of a “danger point” as COVID-19 cases rise. Three cops are injured in a shooting. ComEd gets a grilling from aldermen, while House Speaker Madigan says he isn’t going anywhere.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, July 31, 2020: “We’re at a danger point, everybody. Pay attention.”

Students Tell Story of Bronzeville Neighborhood Through Their Eyes in ComEd Sponsored Film Festival

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Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive, as seen in the student film, “Bronzeville Documentary.”

This weekend, the portrayal of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will be on display during the Bronzeville Film Festival.

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Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive, as seen in the student film, “Bronzeville Documentary.”

Bars Forced to Stop Indoor Service Amid Coronavirus Increase Can Apply For Sidewalk Cafe Permit: Lightfoot

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Chicago bars ordered to stop serving customers indoors as part of a rollback ordered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases can apply to open a sidewalk cafe, city officials announced Friday.

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Pritzker Unveils Plan to ‘Transform’ Juvenile Justice in Illinois By Closing Large Facilities

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Illinois will close five large juvenile detention centers as part of a plan unveiled Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in an effort to “transform” the current system, which Pritzker called “too punitive and too ineffective.”

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Summer Road Trip? Quarantines Are Crimping Some US Travelers

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Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Families trying to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts better do some homework on COVID-19 restrictions before loading up the minivan.

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Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Man Charged With 6 Counts of Attempted Murder After Shootout With Chicago Police

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Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the Northwest Side, after several officers were shot outside the station, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

The man accused of wounding three Chicago police officers in a shootout outside a Northwest Side police station Thursday morning has been charged with six counts of attempted murder and multiple other felonies.

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Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the Northwest Side, after several officers were shot outside the station, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

‘We Love Baseball’: Wrigley Ballhawks Stay on During Pandemic

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Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

While Major League Baseball is beginning this season without fans in its stadiums, the famed ballhawks of Wrigley Field remain at their post amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
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