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Chicago Receives $3M Grant to Inventory Its Trees and Create Plan to Manage City’s Urban Forest

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The Chicago Park District also received nearly $1.5 million to conduct an inventory. Morton Arboretum's Chicago Region Trees Initiative is administering the grants on behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

‘I Just Want Everybody to Know That I See You’: Barack Obama Visits Presidential Center Construction Site in Chicago as Structure Reaches Full Height

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Former President Barack Obama posed for a photo with construction workers at the Obama Presidential Center construction site in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (WTTW News)

The former president shook hands with construction workers and signed a beam that will be used in the ongoing construction of the center in Jackson Park.

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Former President Barack Obama posed for a photo with construction workers at the Obama Presidential Center construction site in Chicago on June 20, 2024. (WTTW News)

Alzheimer’s Drug That Can Slow Disease Gets Backing From FDA Advisers

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A sign for Eli Lilly & Co. sits outside their corporate headquarters in Indianapolis on April 26, 2017. (AP Photo / Darron Cummings, File)

Food and Drug Administration advisers voted unanimously that the drug’s ability to slow the disease outweighs its risks, including side effects like brain swelling and bleeding that will have to be monitored.

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A sign for Eli Lilly & Co. sits outside their corporate headquarters in Indianapolis on April 26, 2017. (AP Photo / Darron Cummings, File)

2024 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

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Chicago Pride Fest, 2022. (Steven Koch / Northalsted)

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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Chicago Pride Fest, 2022. (Steven Koch / Northalsted)

CPS, CTU to Hold First-Ever Contract Negotiation Session Open to the Public Friday

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The CTU announced the sides have agreed to schedule an open contract bargaining session Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Marquette Elementary School, 6550 S. Richmond St., in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

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8 People Killed by Gunfire Over Weekend Across Chicago: Police

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(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

An 18-year-old woman fatally shot as she sat in a vehicle early Sunday morning in West Englewood was among eight people killed by gunfire over the weekend across Chicago.

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(Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

WTTW News Explains: What Are Illinois’ Gun Laws?

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A graphic that says "Illinois Gun Laws." (WTTW News)

Chicago has a reputation as the City of Big Shoulders. For rough-and-tumble politics. And for having a lot of crime, despite strict gun laws. But what are those laws? WTTW News explains.

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A graphic that says "Illinois Gun Laws." (WTTW News)

Potawatomi Hope to Finalize DeKalb County Land Transfer When Lawmakers Return in the Fall

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State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speaks on the floor after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, to stall for time as Democrats gathered enough members to the chamber to pass a revenue bill. The scramble to pass that bill ultimately prevented lawmakers from passing a measure to grant 1,500 acres of park land to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Guzzardi said. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

The Prairie Band Potawatomi are now headquartered in northeast Kansas. But they once had a reservation in what is now DeKalb County, a reservation that officials now agree was illegally sold out from under them in 1850.

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State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speaks on the floor after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, to stall for time as Democrats gathered enough members to the chamber to pass a revenue bill. The scramble to pass that bill ultimately prevented lawmakers from passing a measure to grant 1,500 acres of park land to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Guzzardi said. (Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois)

Extraordinary Stage Show Mixes Magic With a Bounty of Brainteasers at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Review

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents “The Enigmatist,” an immersive experience of puzzles and illusion from David Kwong. (Justin Barbin)

David Kwong is a magician who also constructs crossword puzzles. As he puts it, “I combine the two nerdiest hobbies into one.” In his one-man show “The Enigmatist,” Kwong asserts that the disciplines of puzzle-making and magic-making share DNA.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents “The Enigmatist,” an immersive experience of puzzles and illusion from David Kwong. (Justin Barbin)

Number of Unhoused Chicagoans Tripled Amid Surge of Migrants, Survey Found

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A homeless encampment in Humboldt Park. (WTTW News)

“We aren’t rising to the occasion,” said Doug Schenkelberg, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He called the survey results “disheartening but not surprising.”

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A homeless encampment in Humboldt Park. (WTTW News)

Week in Review: Biden Takes Executive Action at the Border; Chicago Police Prep for the DNC

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Chicago police learn new tactics to handle mass protests ahead of the DNC. And could the president’s new border policy mitigate migrants coming to the city?

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Chicago Archaeopteryx About to Go Off Display for the Summer, Catch It Before Hiatus at Dinopalooza

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The Chicago Archaeopteryx, unveiled in May, has been on display in a temporary exhibit. It will go off view for the summer while its permanent exhibit is under construction. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

After Saturday, the Field Museum’s newest dinosaur fossil will be off display until fall while staff works on building a permanent exhibit for the Chicago Archaeopteryx.

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The Chicago Archaeopteryx, unveiled in May, has been on display in a temporary exhibit. It will go off view for the summer while its permanent exhibit is under construction. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The CSO in Masterful Performances of Works by Four French Composers: Review

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet in an encore performance of Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte” following Saint-Saëns’ “Fifth Piano Concerto (Egyptian)” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Todd Rosenberg Photography)

Paris will be hosting the Olympic Games this summer, but if you are in search of what might easily be dubbed the Olympics of French classical music, you have no need to purchase an airline ticket. Simply head to Orchestra Hall, writes WTTW News theater critic Hedy Weiss.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet in an encore performance of Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte” following Saint-Saëns’ “Fifth Piano Concerto (Egyptian)” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Todd Rosenberg Photography)

Street Closures for NASCAR Chicago Street Race Start Monday. Here’s What to Look Out For

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A still from a promotional video for the NASCAR Chicago Street Race. (Courtesy of NASCAR)

The NASCAR Chicago Street Race will take place July 6-7. Setting up and tearing down for the race is expected to take 19 days.

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A still from a promotional video for the NASCAR Chicago Street Race. (Courtesy of NASCAR)

Appellate Court Finds CPS Did Not Violate School Closure Moratorium When It Revoked Charters of Urban Prep Academies

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Urban Prep Englewood campus (artistmac / Flickr)

An Illinois appellate court this week ruled that Chicago Public Schools did not violate a moratorium on school closures when it voted down charter renewals for a pair of South Side high schools.

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Urban Prep Englewood campus (artistmac / Flickr)

7th Annual ‘We Walk for Her’ March Demands More Help in Finding Missing Black Girls and Women

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A coalition of people, led by young organizers, marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bronzeville on June 6, 2024, to bring attention to missing and murdered Black girls and women. (Eunice Alpasan / WTTW News)

People marched the streets in Bronzeville to demand that elected officials and law enforcement authorities do more to resolve missing persons and murder cases. Black girls and women are overrepresented in missing persons cases in Chicago, according to reports.

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A coalition of people, led by young organizers, marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bronzeville on June 6, 2024, to bring attention to missing and murdered Black girls and women. (Eunice Alpasan / WTTW News)

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

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Hamissi Mamba talks to customers at his restaurant, Baobab Fare, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The nominees cover a diverse range of cuisine and chef experience, a recent shift following turbulent, pandemic-era years for the James Beard Foundation. The most-anticipated categories include awards for outstanding restaurateur, chef and restaurant.

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Hamissi Mamba talks to customers at his restaurant, Baobab Fare, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)