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City approves ten-year agreements with six Riverwalk vendors

Six were offered ten-year contracts. Four got three-year deals. This year’s Riverwalk lineup includes two new vendors.

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‘Investigation Discovery’ episode examines former Chicago lawyer accused of murder

Before his murder trial starts in June, Donnie Rudd, the former Chicago lawyer who helped overhaul condominium law in Illinois, will first be examined by Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison.

Former Spire developer suing in Chicago over failed skyscraper project

The real estate developer behind the failed Chicago Spire project says it was ‘bad blood’ and ‘spite’ that toppled the skyscraper and is seeking $1.2 billion from bank representatives in Ireland he says are responsible.


Loop, Near North each get 20 new police officers

Fifty probationary police officers who graduated from the Chicago Police Academy last December have now been assigned to downtown police districts.

Seven arrests downtown during St. Pat’s celebrations

Victims of assault in downtown Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations included visitors from Minnesota, a man at Union Station, and a police car.

Off-duty police officer assaulted in River North

An off-duty Chicago police officer was hit in the head with a water bottle and robbed over the weekend in River North.

Charges against man whose gun went off in Loop hotel lobby

A convicted felon who accidentally fired a gun in a Loop hotel lobby – injuring four people – is in custody without bail and facing multiple charges.


Records show Spybar went 20 months without state liquor license

The late-hours dance club in River North that was recently closed by the City of Chicago had not had a valid state liquor license since 2016.

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Four-story restaurant space planned for river-facing side of 321 North Clark

RPM On The Water will consist of three venues in 35,000 square feet of space along the north bank of the Chicago River.

‘Trash robot’ would clean Chicago River, controlled by internet users

A small remote-controlled robot would swim along the Chicago River and scoop trash if a nonprofit group can raise money to build it.


Big commercial real estate investors will benefit from tax reform

Tax reform may take a bite out of the average home and condominium owner’s wallet, but there still are plenty of perks left for savvy commercial real estate investors.

Mortgage rates, resale home and condo prices continue to rise

Mortgage interest rates and existing home resale prices continue to increase in Chicago in early 2018, making the dream of homeownership more elusive for young, first-time buyers.

Tiny-house living rocks for overnight vacation stay

Tiny-house living may only be in vogue, but an extremely efficient, affordable, eco-friendly residence can also be fun to rent.

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39th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K race. Approximately 40,000 runners will kick-off the 2018 running season. Start and finish lines are in Grant Park on Columbus Drive. Course runs north on Columbus Drive, turns west on Grand Avenue, south on State Street, and winds through the Loop. Wave 1 race starts at 8:30 a.m. Map. More info.

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Hailed as the Barney’s of Vintage, the Randolph Street Market continues its indoor market season with Spring Fling. Located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop, the beloved one-stop-shop destination will feature spring-themed festivities, vintage fashion from an array of indie designers, global goods, food and drinks, and a live DJ. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12 and anyone wearing an Easter bonnet. Free onsite parking. 10 p.m. to 5 p.m., 1341 West Randolph Street. Map. More info.

March 29
2nd Annual City-Wide Job Fair. Meet face-to-face with top employers from various industries hiring for open positions starting from entry level to professional. The event is free to attend and open to job seekers from the community at large. Event highlights include workplace consulting, entrepreneurial resources, career readiness, workforce development resources, expungement assistance, resume overview, and career attire. Hosted by Jesse White Foundation and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Jesse White Community Center, 412 West Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.

March 31
To Dig A Hole That Collapses Again, the first North American museum survey of Nigerian-born, Belgium-based artist Otobong Nkanga. His work explores the relationship between Africa and the Western world, with a focus on the intense mining of natural resources since the rise of global capitalism. March 31 through September 9, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.