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Douglass Park Neighbors on Damage Left by Riot Fest, Other Festivals

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Damage to Douglass Park is pictured after Riot Fest in 2022. (Credit: Anton Adkins)

The latest damage comes after the park has been used for three massive Chicago festivals this summer: Summer Smash in June, Heatwave in July and Riot Fest this past weekend. Riot Fest alone brings some 40,000 attendees to the park each day.

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Damage to Douglass Park is pictured after Riot Fest in 2022. (Credit: Anton Adkins)

The Robots Are Coming. Chicago OKs Pilot Program of Food Delivery Via Machine

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Delivery robots. (Courtesy of Starship)

Chicago's City Council approved a pilot program that will allow restaurants and grocery stores to make deliveries via "personal delivery devices (PDDs)," aka, robots.

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Delivery robots. (Courtesy of Starship)

Maestro Riccardo Muti Takes a Look Back as He Begins Final Season at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Maestro Riccardo Muti rehearses with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 21, 2022. (WTTW News)

This weekend marks the beginning of the end of Maestro Riccardo Muti’s tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. WTTW News visited Symphony Center to hear him lead the orchestra in a rousing rehearsal of works by Tchaikovsky.

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Maestro Riccardo Muti rehearses with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 21, 2022. (WTTW News)

As Interest Rates Rise, What’s In Store for Chicago’s Real Estate Market?

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(WTTW News)

The Federal Reserve’s latest rate hike means higher potential costs for things like credit card payments, bank loans and mortgages. It will also have an impact on the real estate market.

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Open House Chicago, Coming Soon in October, Is Returning to Pre-Pandemic Form

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Fulton East is among the new sites participating in Open House Chicago 2022. (Courtesy of LJC)

The two-day architecture festival, set for Oct. 15-16, is back to in-person tours, with new sites and new communities — hello, Chatham and Hermosa — making their debut. Time to start mapping out a plan of attack.

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Fulton East is among the new sites participating in Open House Chicago 2022. (Courtesy of LJC)

COVID-19 Risk ‘Low’ Across Chicago, Cook County: Federal Officials

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago and Cook County last faced a low risk of COVID-19 on May 5. The region has bounced between a medium risk and a high risk all summer.

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8-Year-Old Boy Shot in July 4 Highland Park Parade Massacre Returns Home to Family

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This handout photo provided by The Roberts family shows Cooper Roberts who along with his twin brother and parents attended the July 4 parade in Highland Park. (The Roberts Family via AP)

Cooper was shot in the back, and the bullet ripped through his body, severely damaging his aorta, liver, esophagus and spinal cord before exiting through his chest. He was taken first to Highland Park Hospital where he underwent a life-saving surgery, then spent in-patient stays at Comer Children’s Hospital and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.

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This handout photo provided by The Roberts family shows Cooper Roberts who along with his twin brother and parents attended the July 4 parade in Highland Park. (The Roberts Family via AP)

An Odd Couple’s Disposal of Public and Personal Garbage at Northlight Theatre

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Tiffany Renee Johnson and Luigi Sottile in Lindsay Joelle’s “The Garbologists” at Northlight Theatre. (Credit: Michael Brosilow)

“The Garbologists” is an engaging, sharply written, and cleverly titled two-character play by Lindsay Joelle now receiving its first professional production by Northlight Theatre. The production follows two garbage collectors who have a competitive tension and developing connection. 

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Tiffany Renee Johnson and Luigi Sottile in Lindsay Joelle’s “The Garbologists” at Northlight Theatre. (Credit: Michael Brosilow)

Biden Vows US Won’t Walk Away from Storm-Struck Puerto Rico

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A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane Fiona at Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo  /Alejandro Granadillo)

More than 60% of power customers in Puerto Rico remained without energy on Thursday, and a third of customers were without water — and local officials admitted they could not say when service would be fully restored.

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A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane Fiona at Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo  /Alejandro Granadillo)

Ex-Waukegan Cop Charged in 2020 Fatal Shooting of Black Man

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Clifftina Johnson, back left, Tafara Williams' mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a press conference outside City Hall in Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

A grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday against former Waukegan police Officer Dante Salinas in the Oct. 20, 2020, shooting that killed a 19-year-old local man, Marcellis Stinnette, and wounded his girlfriend.

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Clifftina Johnson, back left, Tafara Williams' mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a press conference outside City Hall in Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

More Consumers Buying Organic, But US Farmers Still Wary

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George Naylor looks over organic apples grown on his farm, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, near Churdan, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

Instead of growing to meet the demand, the number of farmers converting to organic is actually dropping. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture committed up to $300 million to recruit and help more farmers make the switch.

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George Naylor looks over organic apples grown on his farm, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, near Churdan, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

Judge Blocks Indiana Abortion Ban Week After It Took Effect

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Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Arleigh Rodgers, File)

Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued a preliminary injunction against the ban that took effect one week ago. The injunction was sought by abortion clinic operators who argued in a lawsuit that the state constitution protects access to the medical procedure.

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Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Arleigh Rodgers, File)

2022 Chicago Festival Guide

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Do Division Street Fest (Courtesy of West Town Chamber of Commerce)

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

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Do Division Street Fest (Courtesy of West Town Chamber of Commerce)

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 22-25

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(Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)

Apple treats, pumpkin picking, nature exploration and more fun surprises usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Photo courtesy of Kyiv City Ballet)

Cook County Judge Charged With Domestic Battery Placed on 'Restricted Duties'

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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Sixth Municipal District Judge Carl Boyd, who was arrested this week on allegations of domestic battery, has been placed on restricted duties, the chief judge’s office announced.

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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Pritzker Calls on Jones, Hastings to Resign from State Senate

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(WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for re-election, said it was not enough for the lawmakers to resign as leaders of the Democratic Party in the Illlinois Senate.

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Elmhurst Starbucks Workers File for Union Representation

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Starbucks sign is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

Employees at a Starbucks in west suburban Elmhurst say they’ve filed for union representation, joining hundreds of other coffee shops around the country and in the Chicago area.

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Starbucks sign is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)