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Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. (David Mark / Pixabay)

Debris from houses, shops and offices had to go somewhere. The rubble was dumped off the lakefront east of Michigan Avenue, and if that sounds like the location of Grant Park, it is.

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Music fans line up to enter Lollapalooza on the first day of the festival, which returns to Grant Park from July 29 through Aug. 1, 2021. (WTTW News)

As thousands of music lovers flocked to Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza, a surge of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chicago and the suburbs prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reimpose a mask mandate in state facilities for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

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Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park. (David Mark / Pixabay)

In yet another sign that Chicago is bouncing back to life, the city’s premiere fountain will be switched on for summer after being sidelined in 2020.

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Coasts performs at Lollapalloza in 2015. (CestLaVibe.com / Flickr)

With an estimated 300,000 attendees of the marquee music fest expected this weekend, Illinois medical officials are preparing for an influx of patients.

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Legions of football fans descend on Chicago for the second year in a row. Is the massive event worth the headache – and will it be back next year?

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Taste of Chicago

The 35th annual summer event, billed as the world's largest festival of its kind, returns to Grant Park this week with food, fun, and live music from Spoon, Erykah Badu, and others.

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In the heart of Chicago, shaded by the afternoon shadow of Michigan Avenue skyscrapers, watered by the mist of Buckingham Fountain wafting through the air, is a farm. The surprising site is one of many small, sustainable, organic farms that have been created and are run by Growing Power, an organization that teaches farming and entrepreneurial skills to kids in Cabrini Green, Altgeld Gardens, Roosevelt Square and other places around the city. We take a look inside. Read an interview with Monte Henige, CEO of Tru Fragrance, a fragrance development company that uses ingredients from Growing Power Chicago in their products.

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A new book by historian Dennis Cremin looks at the evolution of “Chicago’s front yard.” Read an excerpt.

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What are large blocks doing in the middle of Grant Park? Geoffrey Baer tells us their historical significance in tonight's Ask Geoffrey.