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Federal workers are returning to The Loop, bringing much-needed business back to Downtown restaurants. t.co/QIuEbu16h2 t.co/Gh6ACpcBrP

After propane tank explosions, Ald. Cappleman pushed to clear Uptown tent cities — but the city says no. t.co/0OWabM3url t.co/5QGsMp6ruk

Chicagoans said goodbye to Dinkel's, the bakery that became much more: "Dinkel's was one of those institutions we could point to that gave us a sense of having real, deep roots in a place. It's part of how we can say, ‘We're from here. We're Chicagoan.’” t.co/SmY1RpZPZP t.co/ta7qKSmHwp

Latino Chicagoans have seen their life expectancy drop by more than seven years since 2012 — the steepest decline among any racial and ethnic group in the city. t.co/7QQZSSKi0P t.co/RG5vcm9uhh

Lincoln Park Uncorked, an annual wine stroll along Armitage Avenue and Halsted Street, returns this month. t.co/6jcP5isuTD t.co/xR9gvV6TP9

Older residents have been targeted during recent burglaries on the Far Northwest Side, police said. t.co/GW4ThA6fLW t.co/gC1qlTi7jZ

Lori Lightfoot to potential mayoral challengers: Bring it on.

"What I want the voters to ask themselves is: Think about what we’ve been through. Think about what all of us have had to sacrifice. Then ask yourself, who's up for the job? I know I am." t.co/INUVqEe3Xx t.co/1c9ldQgIxm

Mayor Lightfoot blamed Whole Foods' prices for the Englewood store's failure and pledged to replace it. t.co/rmnpVTCqec t.co/clC8JVu6Un

With wealthy neighborhoods turning to armed private security, questions have been raised about their accountability.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she's "concerned": “We don’t want to have a circumstance where public safety is only available to the wealthy." t.co/35ue172ujS t.co/7kcgMLVzVd

The Andersonville Farmers Market will make its seasonal debut May 11 with 30 local vendors and weekly live entertainment. t.co/HFPcfJkq7l t.co/Yas3WxJhvw

You can enter antique train cars, control a simulated locomotive and more at Pullman Railroad Days. t.co/sU4IWRo5TS t.co/5QXONMSTIw

Lincoln Square neighbors rallied for an affordable housing proposal amid a parking-fueled debate: "The community is ready." t.co/FcEC9Ceo2h t.co/ah8Vch87lB

RT @madisonsavedra: I asked public health officials and community organizers to break down the issues leading to this harsh drop in life ex…

West Side youth boxing club The Bloc got a $1 million grant: "There's just this new sense of possibility." t.co/JBry762pA0 t.co/YT9CcqT5kq

Federal workers are returning to The Loop, bringing much-needed business back to Downtown restaurants. t.co/QIuEbu16h2 t.co/BuT5dixa1C

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