Tag Archives: Lincoln Park

Burglars strike Lincoln Park puppy store

Chicago Police investigate at Pocket Puppies in Lincoln Park after responding to a burglar alarm Monday night. | NVP News

(CHICAGO) A puppy store was burglarized Sunday night in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the North Side.

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at 10:48 p.m. at Pocket Puppies, 2479 N. Clark St., and found a door open and a lock box missing, Chicago Police said. An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

Pocket Puppies sells tea cup and toy breed puppies and pet grooming services, according to their website.

No puppies were stolen, a police source said.

Chicago Police investigate a burglary at Pocket Puppies in Lincoln Park after responding to an alarm Monday night. | NVP News
Chicago Police investigate a burglary at Pocket Puppies in Lincoln Park after responding to an alarm Mon

Police release photos of Lincoln Park burglary suspects

Surveillance image of two men suspected in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police
(CHICAGO) Chicago Police are searching for two men suspected of breaking into the garage of a 46-year-old woman’s Lincoln Park neighborhood home on Monday afternoon.The burglary happened about 1 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Mohawk, according to a community alert issued by 18th District police.

Surveillance images showed two men, each about 5-foot-10 and 30 years old, leaving the scene in a black two-door Nissan, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382.

Surveillance image of a car used in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police
Surveillance image of a car used in a Lincoln Park burglary. | Chicago Police

Weekend A-Jenda: September 22nd – 25th

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The Chicago Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 25

Traffic Impact from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The race runs on the south side of Lake Shore Drive. The entire drive will be closed to traffic between Jackson Park (67th Street) north to 31st Street. Other streets around Jackson Park will be closed.


Oktoberfest Chicago

Date: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25
Time: Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Location: 1429 W. Wellington Ave, Lincoln Park

16th annual Bavarian celebration in Lincoln Park welcomes fall with plenty of food, music, arts & crafts, and activities for children.

Craft beer tasting nights on Friday and Saturday with “KinderFest” family activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $5, and benefits St. Alphonsus Church. The event is free of cost on Sunday!


Ravinia District’s Harvest and Harmony Festival

Date: Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24
Time: Friday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Jens Jensen Park

Friday, September 23rd

4-5pm School of Rock
7-9pm Ravinia Ramblers

Saturday, September 24th

11-11:45am Little Miss Ann from Old Town School
Noon-12:30pm Language Stars
1-2:30pm 341 Trio
3–4:30pm Louie Zagoras of Rollover
5-6:30pm The Remars
7-7:45pm Michael McDermott
8-9pm Sam Llanas, Formerly of the BoDeans

For more information and list of food vendors, click here!


EXPO Chicago

Date: Thursday, September 22 – Sunday, September 25
Time: Friday, September 23 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Location: Navy Pier

From the website, EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier.


Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2016

Date: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25
Location: Millenium Park

The Bon Appétit website says:

Now in its ninth year, Chicago Gourmet is excited to introduce our first-ever Host Chef – Rick Bayless of the acclaimed Frontera Restaurants. Additionally, a weekend-long theme – Food Is Art! – will showcase the culinary arts and explore its vibrant connections to art of many kinds. You’ll find fun and interactive art components throughout the event including Friday night’s popular Hamburger Hop and the exclusive Grand Cru tasting.


.38 Special

Date: Sunday, September 25
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Arcadia Theatre, St. Charles

After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.

Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.

With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.


Other Local Events

Manteno Oktoberfest 09/22/2016 Manteno, IL
Elmwood Park Fall fest 09/23/2016 Elmwood Park, IL
Huntley Fall Fest 09/23/2016 Huntley, IL
Long Grove Apple Festival 09/23/2016 Long Grove, IL
Quad Cities Balloon Festival 09/23/2016 East Moline, IL
Hyde Park Jazz Festival 09/24/2016 Chicago, IL
Edgewater Arts Festival 09/24/2016 Chicago, IL
OKTOBERFEST, Vernon Hills 09/24/2016 Vernon Hills, IL
Oktoberfest, Oak Brook 09/24/2016 Oak Brook, IL
Oktoberfest Bethany 09/24/2016 Naperville, IL
Oktoberfest Family Festival 09/24/2016 La Grange Park, IL


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that starting Friday, Sept. 23, overnight lane closures will take place over several days, including a full closure of northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive (U.S. 41), as part of the ongoing reconstruction of the interchange between Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55). The closures are required for the installation of new bridge beams.

Friday, Sept. 23 to Wednesday, Sept. 28:
Northbound Lake Shore Drive: Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, northbound Lake Shore Drive will be fully closed until 12 p.m. Saturday. A posted detour will direct northbound Lake Shore Drive traffic to take the 39th Street exit to State Street, north on State Street to enter the inbound Stevenson and re-enter northbound Lake Shore Drive. The 31st Street entrance ramp to northbound Lake Shore Drive also will be closed.

Northbound Lake Shore Drive to outbound Stevenson ramp: The ramp will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday. A posted detour will direct northbound Lake Shore Drive traffic to take the 39th Street exit to State Street, enter the inbound Stevenson and exit at Martin Luther King Drive to immediately enter the outbound Stevenson.

Inbound Stevenson to southbound Lake Shore Drive ramp: The ramp from the inbound Stevenson to southbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed Saturday from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. A posted detour will direct northbound Stevenson traffic to take the ramp to northbound Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street and enter southbound Lake Shore Drive.

Southbound Lake Shore Drive: Beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday, the left lane on southbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed, with a second lane closing at 11 p.m. At midnight, southbound Lake Shore Drive will be completely closed until 5 a.m. All lanes will be closed nightly until Wednesday, Sept. 28. A posted detour will direct southbound Lake Shore Drive traffic to take the southbound Stevenson ramp, exit at State Street and take the northbound Stevenson to re-enter southbound Lake Shore Drive.

CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Trains Rerouted Downtown – Lake and Wabash Closed; Pink Line Rerouted to Connect to Racine Blue Line Station

Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren on the Loop elevated.

Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd via Wells and Van Buren on the Loop elevated.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Polk, then to Racine Blue Line for connecting Blue Line train service to/from downtown.

• For service to downtown from Pink Line stations between 54th/Cermak and Polk, take a Pink Line train toward the Loop and stay on board until the train reaches Racine on the Blue Line, where you can transfer to continuing Blue Line service into downtown.

• For service from downtown to Pink Line stations between Polk and 54th/Cermak, take a Blue Line train toward Forest Park to Racine and transfer to a Pink Line train toward 54th/Cermak.

• For service to/from Ashland, Morgan or Clinton stations, use Blue Line service between Racine and Jackson, and Green Line service.

Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.

Weekend A-Jenda: August 11th – August 14th

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Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos

Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Soldier Field

It’s football season! For tickets, click here.


Steven Tyler

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Theater

Calling it the “Out On A Limb” tour, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is set to mount his first full solo tour this summer. It includes a stop at the Chicago Theater on August 13th.

While Tyler has been threatening to drop a full country album on us for a while now, he did come with a solo country single over the winter called “Red, White and You”. There is still not a release date or title for the upcoming release. Backing him on the project is the Nashville band “Loving Mary” and that’s who we’ll see him with in Chicago.

The shows will come VH-1 “Storytellers” style, a format in which he’ll weave in anecdotes about the music as he mixes Aerosmith classics with his new material.

Want tickets? Check out this link for any that may be leftover.


Journey/Doobie Brothers

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Journey is back for summer with the Doobie Brothers and there are rumors the band will be playing either the entire “Escape” or “Frontiers” album. Both of which gave us the band’s biggest hits.

Also, drummer Steve Smith returns for the first time since the 1990’s, replacing Deen Castronovo who was fired by the band after some legal misadventures. Joining the band will be the Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason.

Ticket information can be found here.


Northalsted Market Days®

Date: Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14
Time: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison

From the website: Northalsted Market Days® is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days® gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate right here on Halsted Street.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days® is set to be the biggest and best it has ever been!

Be sure to join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our monthly Northalsted Newsletter to receive the most up-to-date information for all things Boystown!


Illinois State Fair

Date: Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 21
Time: 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Location: Springfield

Rides, concerts, contests, and popular fair foods, the Illinois State Fair runs for 11 days in Springfield.

illinois state fair

Take the Amtrak for as low as $21 each way!

Gregg Allman backs out. 3 Doors Down to play final night of the Illinois State Fair. Read more here.


Naperville Wine Festival

Date: Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 13
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: CityGate Centre, Naperville

From the website: The festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. Learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting.

Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will sell their signature dishes.

Live music will be performed on the festival stage, including 97Nine, the classic rock band inspired by sister station, 97.9 The Loop.


Northerly Island By Night – Star Watching and Camp-fire

Date: Saturday, August 13th
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Northerly Island Park

Meet real live bats, enjoy the perseid meteor shower, night hikes, and more as Northerly Island opens to the public for an evening viewing of the greatest celestial event of 2016, the Perseid meteor shower! Bring a blanket, an evening picnic, and learn how to use a telescope or binoculars to view the summer skies at Northerly Island! Bring marshmallows if you would like to roast them at a campfire, and enjoy a pleasant, family-friendly evening at the park. – Event Facebook Page

Other Events Around the Area

Channahon’s Three Rivers Festival 08/10/2016 Channahon, IL
Gurnee Days 2016 08/11/2016 Gurnee, IL
Lindenfest 08/11/2016 Lake Villa, IL
Taste of Elmwood Park 08/11/2016 Elmwood Park, IL
St. Zachary Augustfest 08/11/2016 Des Plaines, IL
Hinkley Fest 08/11/2016 Park Ridge, IL
Sweet Corn Festival 08/11/2016 Mendota, IL
Taste of Lincolnshire 08/12/2016 Lincolnshire, IL
Fungus Fest Art and Music Festival 08/12/2016 Richmond, IL
61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival 08/12/2016 Chicago, IL
Retro on Roscoe 08/12/2016 Chicago, IL
Northalsted Market Days 08/13/2016 Chicago, IL
River Grove Lions Club Steak & Lobster Fest 08/13/2016 River Grove, IL
Festa Italiano 08/13/2016 Crest Hill, IL



CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

The CTA will increase service on the South Side Saturday to accommodate attendees of the Bud Billiken Parade in Bronzeville.
Bus service will be expanded on the King Drive, Cottage Grove, Jeffery Local, State and Garfield routes as of Saturday morning, according to the CTA.
The parade will reroute the bus routes — along with the no. 47 and no. 43 buses — from about 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., the CTA said.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Info from TravelMidwest.com:
On Saturday, August 13, one southbound lane on I-355 at Hitchcock Avenue is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. to prepare for bridge joint repair work.

A second lane will close at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the ramp carrying Ogden Avenue traffic to southbound I-355 will also close at 6:30 p.m. No detour will be posted. Drivers will be able to access southbound I-355 via the Maple Avenue Interchange to the south.

All lanes on I-355 and on the ramp from Ogden Avenue to southbound I-355 are scheduled to reopen by 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 14.

Weekend “A-Jenda” June 2nd – 5th

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Lincoln Square Maifest

Date: Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5th
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday noon to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday noon to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago

Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.

Mayfest, like Octoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. Chicago’s German community welcomes all to their Mayfest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago’s German Community.

Road Closures: Western Ave Between Eastwood and Leland

CTA Options:
Brown Line to Western
#49 Western Avenue Bus
#81 Lawrence Avenue Bus
#11 Lincoln Bus (however, only from the north since the #11 doesn’t connect through the Northcenter neighborhood. It is coming back next month. Read more here.)

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Date: Friday, June 3rd & Saturday, June 4th
Time: Friday at 12:00 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers, and the admission is FREE!

For the full lineup, click here.

A panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the weekend.

CTA Options:
Pink, Orange, Green, Brown and Purple (rush) Lines – Randolph
Blue Line – Washington
Red Line – Lake
Buses #3, #4, #6, #10, #14, #26, #143, #144, #145, #146, #147, #151, #157

Taste of Little Village; Flavors of Mexico

Date: Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kedzie at 26th Street in Little Village, Chicago

From the event website:

Beyond authentic Mexican treats (tacos, gorditas, flautas, enchiladas and tortas) from nearly a dozen Chicago restaurants, there’s also a non-stop music lineup, daily cooking demonstrations on a Culinary Stage with top chefs, carnival rides and arts/crafts.

Traffic Alert: 26th Street from Kedzie to Sacramento

CTA Options:
Pink Line – Kedzie (just over one-half mile, south to 26th Street)
#52, #60

Hyde Park Brew Fest

Date: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park, Chicago

Located in the heart of downtown Hyde Park at 53rd and Harper, the Hyde Park Brew Fest boasts “good music, great people, craft beer, food and craft vendors.”

The event is free, though tickets for sampling beer and cider from over 50 different breweries must be purchased.

More information here.

Traffic Alert: 53rd at Harper closed

CTA Options:
#2, #4, #6, #10, #15, #28, #55, #59

The Steve Dahl Show at Hooters in Downers Grove

Date: Friday, June 3rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hooters Downers Grove

Steve, Dag and Brendan will be watching the White Sox game from Hooters in Downers Grove on Friday. Ten lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets to an upcoming White Sox game!

For more information, click here!

Girls on the Run 5k – Chicago

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time
Location: Grant Park, Chicago

For registration and more information visit this link.

The Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event and fun run. It is open to the public. Girls who are currently participating in the program are already registered for the 5k. All finishers receive “woo hoos!” and the admiration of numerous spectators, but runners are not timed nor are awards given.

Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner!

Do you have a child between the ages of two and six? Li’l Spark Sprints go from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and are 20-60 yard dashes!

Morning Traffic Anchor, Jen DeSalvo, coaches for Girls on the Run. Read about her work with the organization here!

Traffic Alert: Balbo closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive. Event will take place on lakefront bike path.

Weekend Festivals in the Suburbs

Information from Festing.com

Gilberts Community Days Gilberts, IL
St.Joseph Carnival Summit Argo, IL
Maifest Chicago Chicago, IL
Hawthorn Mall Carnival Vernon Hills, IL
Aledo Rhubarb Fest Aledo, IL
Virginia BBQ Virginia, IL
Lincoln Park Greek Fest Chicago, IL
Taste of Little Village: Taste of Mexico Chicago, IL
2 Brothers Summer Festival Aurora, IL
Lemont Beerfest Lemont, IL
Red Head Days Highwood, IL
57th Street Art Fair Hyde Park, Chicago

Traffic Projects

In Itasca, Parkside will close between Thorndale and Granville avenues at 7 a.m. Thursday for removal to make room for new ramps and frontage roads as part of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project.

Beginning on Thursday, June 2, 104th Avenue will be closed at 159th Street until Winter 2016. A posted detour will direct traffic to use 108th Avenue, 167th Street and Lagrange Road (U.S. 45).

One lane in each direction on I-80, just west of Illinois 23, will be closed below the bridge to repaint the East 16th Road (Airport Road).
Use Route 6 between Ottawa and Utica as an alternate.

CTA Alerts

Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.

Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.

Trains Rerouted Downtown: Lake and Wabash Closed

Planned Work w/ Reroute

Affects Train Tracker prediction availability
Orange, Green, Pink & Brown Line trains will be rerouted on the Loop elevated via Wells & Van Buren. No service will operate on Lake or Wabash.

Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.

Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd via Wells and Van Buren.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Downtown via Wells and Van Buren. Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station.

Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.

Photo from http://www.transitchicago.com/
Photo from http://www.transitchicago.com/


Weekend A-Jenda: May 26th – 30th (Memorial Day Weekend)

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Bike the Drive

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 5:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Lake Shore Drive between Bryn Mawr on the north and 57th Street on the south, Chicago

Traffic Alert: Lake Shore Drive WILL be closed to ALL traffic on Sunday morning from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Closures will also be in place throughout Grant Park and at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Seek an alternate route.


For more information, registration and volunteer information, click here!

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

Date: Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29
Time: Noon to 10:00 p.m. on both days
Location: Lakeview, Chicago

Traffic Alert: Sheffield will be closed between Belmont and Roscoe from Friday afternoon through Sunday night.

Music performance from 97nine, a local rock band paying tribute to WLS-AM 890 sister station, Chicago’s Loop 97.9FM rock radio. Headliners include Wedding Banned and Catfight.


Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Date: Saturday, May 28,
Time: 11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Chicago

From the City of Chicago website: Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.

Traffic Alert: State St. will be closed from Lake St. to Van Buren after 11:00 a.m. for the parade.

Ways to get there without a car:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station.


Red, White, & Bar-B-Q Competition

Date: Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Location: Ty Warner Park, Westmont

From the RTA: Billed the state’s largest barbecue competition, this festival will draw more than 20,000 barbecue lovers to sample savory dishes from some of the best barbecue vendors in the Midwest. Learn more at www.westmontbbq.com.

Stay Indoors at the Walker Stalker Con

Date: May 28 – 29
Location: Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont

From the RTA: Zombie lovers will unite at this event, featuring celebrities, vendors and a costume party. Learn more at www.walkerstalkercon.com.



Traffic and Travel

Thursday Evening Only: The 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge will take place in Grant Park and the North Loop Area on Thursday, May 26 beginning at 7:00 pm. There will be street closures in effect before, during and after the event to accommodate event operations.

Lake Shore Drive Northbound between 57th St/Museum of Science & Industry and 31st Street will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning for the Soldier Field 10 Mile Run.

The Adams Street Bridge at the Chicago River is closed for reconstruction. Seven CTA Bus routes are rerouted and a detour is posted.

In Orland Park, 147th St, 151st and 156th between Lagrange Rd and Ravina Ave are closed until the end of May.

The North Avenue pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive is closed through June to pedestrian and bicyclist traffic for bridge repair and maintenance.

Randolph Street has two lanes closed downtown between State Street and Dearborn with utility work.

Weekend CTA Travel Alerts

CTA Construction

Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.

Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.

Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass

From Metrarail.com: Unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday. Can be used in conjunction with Metra’s Family Fares. Not valid for travel on the South Shore (NICTD).

Kids Ride for FREE all Memorial Day Weekend!

Kids can ride Metra trains for free with their families Memorial Day through Labor day as part of an expanded Family Fares program. More information here.

Hiawatha Service offers new Saturday night round trips starting May 21 and running through September 3, 2016. With the start of the new schedules, Train 343 will depart Chicago at 11:10 pm, and Train 344 will depart Milwaukee at 10:40 pm. Trains 329 and 330 will operate only on weekdays during this three-month period.

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Snow monkey at Lincoln Park Zoo names her baby by touchscreen

Snow monkey Izumi and her one-month-old girl, Iwaki. | Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

(CHICAGO) A snow monkey chose the name for her one-month-old baby this week using a touchscreen computer at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Izumi, 11, was given two options on the touchscreen computer in the zoo’s state-of-the-art cognition cube at the macaque exhibit, according to a statement from the North Side zoo.

Her choices were Ikoma or Iwaki, both Japanese cities, names chosen to pay homage to the macaques’ native habitat. She chose Iwaki.

The female infant was born March 18, the first of two spring snow monkey births at the zoo. Eleven-year-old Ono gave birth on April 13. The second infant’s gender has not yet been determined.

Izumi, the highest ranking female in the zoo’s snow monkey troupe, is also the most active participant and one of the fastest touchscreen problem-solvers when working with researchers in the cube, according to the zoo.

Both baby snow monkeys are on exhibit daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Regenstein Macaque Forest.

New mom Izumi picked the name Iwaki for her female infant using a touchscreen computer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. | Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo
New mom Izumi picked the name Iwaki for her female infant using a touchscreen computer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. | Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago Police involved in North Side shooting

Chicago Police were involved in a shooting early Monday in Lincoln Park. | Network Video Productions

(CHICAGO) Chicago Police were involved in a shooting early Monday in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The police-involved shooting happened at Halsted and Clybourn about 4 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

No other details, including whether anyone was injured, were immediately available.

Woman critically injured in fall from Lincoln Park balcony

(CHICAGO) A 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after falling from a second-story balcony early Thursday near DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus on the North Side.

Police mark off the stretch of Halsted in Lincoln Park where a woman fell from a second-story balcony early Thursday. | Network Video Productions
Police mark off the stretch of Halsted in Lincoln Park where a woman fell from a second-story balcony early Thursday. | Network Video Productions

She was leaning over the balcony railing about 12:40 a.m. when she fell from the building in the 2200 block of North Halsted, police said.

The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. Police said the fall appeared to be accidental.

An evidence technician photographs the balcony where a 23-year-old woman fell to the ground, leaving her in critical condition. | Network Video Productions
Police mark off the stretch of Halsted in Lincoln Park where a woman fell from a second-story balcony early Thursday. | Network Video Productions


Woman sexually assaulted in Lincoln Park

(CHICAGO) A woman was sexually assaulted early Monday in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the North Side.

The assault occurred about 1 a.m. in an apartment in the 500 block of West Arlington Place, according to police and a community alert from 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith’s office. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, had met the male attacker at a nearby bar earlier.

After the attack, the woman ran out of the apartment yelling for help, and neighbors were able to assist her and call police, according to the alert.

The woman suffered a laceration to her left leg during the attack and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where her condition was stabilized, police said.

No one was in custody for the attack Wednesday morning as Area North detectives continued to investigate.

First new snow monkey born at Lincoln Park Zoo’s newest habitat

(CHICAGO) The new Japanese macaque at Lincoln Park Zoo, an unnamed male, was born May 2, and has not left the arms of mother Ono. | Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo’s new snow monkey exhibit just opened in April, and it’s population has already grown by one.

“We are absolutely elated too announce the first successful Japanese macaque birth here at Regenstein Macaque Forest,” Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy said in a statement Monday. “The baby appears healthy, is regularly nursing and visually exploring the exhibit while clinging tightly on Ono’s torso.”

The newest macaque, a male, was born born Saturday and zoo officials believe it is a male, though 10-year-old mother Ono has not allowed examination. The baby, who keeps a firm hold on his mother, has not been named.

The baby joins eight other snow monkeys at North Side zoo’s newest exhibit, which features a hot spring, stream and various levels, which will create “an ideal environment for the growing snow monkey population,” the zoo statement said. The monkey troop moved into the space last fall.

Ono was recommended for breeding as part of the Japanese Macaque Species Survival Plan, an organization which manages populations in accredited zoos.

“From a research perspective, this is a significant addition to the population,” research scientist Katie Cronin said in the statement. “The new baby will be the first in this population to grow up with access to touch screen computers–a tool that the monkey can decide whether or not to use–so that we can study cognitive abilities and gain a better understanding of how they think and feel.”

The baby can be seen daily, with Ono, at the Regenstein Macaque Forest, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Driver charged in fatal rollover on frozen Lincoln Park lagoon

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(CHICAGO) A man has been charged with driving under the influence in connection with a fatal rollover crash that occurred on Lake Shore Drive near the Lincoln Park Zoo early Monday, police said.

Rafael Rodriguez, 42, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident or death, misdemeanor driving under the influence, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license as well as a citation for failure to reduce speed and stay in a lane, police announced late Tuesday.

About 1:40 a.m. Monday, Rodriguez was driving south “at a high rate of speed” in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive. He lost control of the vehicle, hit a guard rail and then a tree before the vehicle came to a rest on its roof on top of a frozen lagoon, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Claudia Beruben, of the 12400 block of South Laflin in Calumet Park was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rodriguez, of the 3900 block of North Ashland, remained hospitalized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center Tuesday, police said.

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Two critical after car crashes onto frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park

            Two people were seriously hurt when a car crashed on top of a frozen lagoon early Monday near Lincoln Park Zoo. / photo from Network Video Productions


(CHICAGO) A car carrying two people veered off Lake Shore Drive and crashed on top of a frozen pond near Lincoln Park Zoo early Monday.

The crash happened about 1:45 a.m. as a black sedan traveling south in the 2200 block of Lake Shore Drive left the road and rolled onto a pond that was frozen rock-solid, police said.

The mangled vehicle never submerged and rolled over several times before it finally rested on its roof. Bumpers and other car parts littered the frozen pond as rescue workers secured the vehicle and removed the two people trapped inside.

A female was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital and a male was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. Both were in serious-to-critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said.

The car crashed near a portion of Lake Shore Drive with no guard rail. A police official at the scene said the guard rail was likely missing due to a previous crash and never replaced.

Had the pond not been frozen, the car would have submerged at the deeper end of the pond, an official at the scene said.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit was called to the scene.


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