South Side Woman Gets 50 Years In Murder Of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez
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by Madison Savedra
12h ago
LITTLE VILLAGE — A second woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in the horrific killing of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was attacked at a Little Village home before her baby was cut out of her womb. Clarisa Figueroa, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday for her role in the case. Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas sentenced Figueroa to 50 years in prison, said Tandra Simonton, chief communications officer for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She must serve all 50 years and cannot be released on parole, the Sun-Times reported. She did not make a statement in court, according ..read more
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Taylor Swift Teases Fans With Giant QR Code On Downtown Building Ahead Of Album Drop
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by Mack Liederman
14h ago
RIVER NORTH — Days before her new album drops, Taylor Swift is asking her Chicago fans to scan a QR code that leads to an error message. The painted QR code popped up on a white building with a “blank space” in River North at 25 W. Grand Ave. The code consists of “ttpd” letters and “13” numbers — apparent references to Swift’s self-proclaimed lucky number and upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” set to release 11 p.m. Thursday. The cryptic code immediately drew lines of Swifties and spawned conspiracy theories online. The code leads to a 13-second YouTube short with the typewritte ..read more
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Apollo’s 2000 Theater Landmarking, Controversial Andersonville Apartments Head To City Council Vote
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by Quinn Myers and Ariel Parrella-Aureli
15h ago
LITTLE VILLAGE — A century-old Little Village theater is one step away from becoming a Chicago landmark. City Council’s zoning committee approved landmark designation Tuesday for Apollo’s 2000 Theater, 2875 W. Cermak Road. The proposal heads to the full City Council Wednesday for a final vote following a lengthy process that began late last year. Apollo’s 2000 was built in 1917 by Alexander Levy. Originally the Marshall Square Theater, it showcased movies and vaudeville acts with comedians, singers, musicians and other performers.  The building still has its original terra-cotta facade a ..read more
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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Musical Is Coming To Chicago This Summer (And Gets An ‘SNL’ Shoutout)
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by Leen Yassine
16h ago
CHICAGO — A U.K. theater company’s “The Lord of the Rings” musical is making its U.S. debut in Chicago this summer, producers announced last week. Reimagined by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the American production of “The Lord of the Rings: A Musical Tale” will take the stage July 19 through Sept. 1 at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, 800 E. Grand Ave. It will be directed by Paul Hart, who created and led the U.K. show last year. Based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, the musical features original tunes by A.R. Rahman, Finnish folk band Värttinä and Christopher Nightingale, plus a book an ..read more
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Chicago Sky Nabs Kamilla Cardoso, Angel Reese In Draft — And The City Goes Wild
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by Mack Liederman
19h ago
CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky went big in Monday’s WNBA Draft, and the city is extremely excited about it. With the No. 3 and the No. 7 overall picks, the Sky selected 6-foot-7 Brazilian center Kamilla Cardoso of South Carolina and 6-foot-3 forward Angel Reese of Louisiana State University. Both players come to Chicago with NCAA championships under their belt: Reese in 2023, Cardoso this year and in 2022. They’re expected to be cornerstones of a team rebuild following the Sky’s first WNBA championship in 2021. Cardoso and Reese, who have battled each other since high school, bested former Iowa gu ..read more
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Former NFL Player Launches ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Small Business Arts Incubator For South And West Side Youth
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by Atavia Reed
21h ago
ENGLEWOOD — Young creatives passionate about the arts, entertainment and retail can develop and launch their careers at a first-of-its-kind small business incubator now open in Englewood. With a pair of bright orange scissors in hand and young people gathered around him, former NFL player Walter Mendenhall cut the grand-opening ribbon Thursday at Co-LLAB, 6033 S. Wentworth Ave. Co-LLAB, a play on the word “collaboration,” is the latest venture for Mendenhall and his nonprofit Male Mogul Initiative, which helps Black and Brown young people ages 14-24 become successful students and thriving emp ..read more
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Some Bronzeville Neighbors Feel Blindsided By Proposed Apartments At Closed Catholic School
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by Jamie Nesbitt Golden
21h ago
BRONZEVILLE — Some Bronzeville neighbors have vowed to block a proposed apartment building that would replace a closed Catholic school, saying developers, local officials and the Archdiocese of Chicago made little effort to involve residents in the plans. Developers want to build 48 apartments at 545 E. Oakwood Blvd., replacing the unoccupied Holy Angels building owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago near Our Lady of Africa Parish. The one- and two-bedroom units would average 600-700 square feet, with rents starting at $1,700 a month, developers said. The building would be managed by Crump Real ..read more
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Danny’s Tavern Schlitz Sign Appears On West Town Building Years After It Was Reported Stolen
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by Quinn Myers
22h ago
WEST TOWN — A neon “Schlitz On Tap” beer sign reported stolen from outside the closed Danny’s Tavern in Bucktown has reappeared at a busy West Town intersection — and its current owner says it rightfully belongs to him. The vintage Schlitz sign that for decades hung over Danny’s, 1951 W. Dickens Ave., is now affixed to 2001 W. Grand Ave., a former Schlitz tied house on the southwest corner of Grand and Damen avenues. The building is being converted into a bar. Jann Dragovich, whose family has long owned the Danny’s building, reported the sign stolen in August 2021, according to a police repor ..read more
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Mayor Wants $70 Million More For Migrants Months After Critics Warned Budget Was Too Low
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by Quinn Myers
22h ago
CITY HALL — City Council is set to vote on spending another $70 million in city funds for migrant services — just five months after Mayor Brandon Johnson’s 2024 budget allocated $150 million for new arrivals this year. The Committee on Budget and Government Operations voted 20-8 Monday in favor of the appropriation, which comes after the state of Illinois and Cook County pledged $250 million this year for shelter, health care and other services for migrants coming to Chicago and Illinois. That initial announcement followed a “long-term planning exercise” conducted this winter by state, county ..read more
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Severe Storms With Tornado Risk, Quarter-Sized Hail Could Hit Tuesday
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by Kelly Bauer
22h ago
CHICAGO — Severe storms could hit Chicago on Tuesday night, bringing with them the potential for tornadoes, damaging winds and hail. The day will be warm, with a high of 65 degrees, and it’ll be mostly cloudy and breezy, with wind gusts up to 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and into the night, but they’re expected to be non-severe during the late morning and early afternoon, according to a hazardous weather outlook from the weather service. Thunderstorms are expected to be more widespread from the l ..read more
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