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Morning! ⛅ It's a sunny spring day back in the 60s, and we're wondering:  

Is that hope we smell in the air for Trib journalists? 

In the last few months, the Chicago Tribune offered staff more buyouts and moved out of its downtown office to its printing facility. Until recently, it looked like the Tribune's biggest shareholder Alden Capital, a hedge fund known for slashing newspaper budgets, was going to entirely acquire the Chicago daily and other Tribune publications across the country.

But with the help of Swiss billionaire philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, Maryland hotel executive Stewart Bainum made a $680 million offer for all the Tribune newspapers — outbidding Alden's $635 million for now. If the deal goes through, Wyss is considering making the Tribune a nonprofit, similar to newspapers in Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. [Wall Street Journal]

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)

🗞️ In Other News

▪️ Toddler shot on Lake Shore Drive out of coma. 21-month-old Kayden Swann is out of a medically induced coma after being shot last Tuesday near Soldier Field, according to doctors. He is still on a ventilator. [Chicago Tribune]
▪️ Tank Noodle has to give back $150K grant due to labor violations. The popular Uptown restaurant has to return a state emergency grant following a federal investigation that found the restaurant owed almost $700,000 in back pay to 60 employees. And earlier this year, the owners shared on social media that they were at the Trump rally before the Capitol insurrection. [NBC Chicago]
▪️ University of Illinois students place second in quiz bowl. Say what you want about the Fighting Illini's March Madness finish, but my alma mater's quiz bowl team took second at a national "Super Bowl of the mind." I-L-L 📣 [Chicago Sun-Times]
▪️ Calling all filmmakers, South Side Film Festival submissions due! From feature films to animations, the film festival is seeking a variety of work. One past submission has even been picked up by Spike Lee. [Block Club Chicago]
👉 What you can do: Apply by May 1. 

🎙️ Today's Podcast

Memorial with flowers and candles near where Adam Toledo was killed.
A community memorial for 13-year-old Adam Toledo near where he was killed. (Image provided by Jacoby Cochran)
Two weeks since 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot by police, a community leader took City Cast Chicago around Little Village for a more complete picture of the neighborhood. 
Listen to today's episode

📠 Vax Fax

💉 Starting today, Chicagoans 16 and older can travel outside the city to get vaccinated (e.g., state-run facilities). Next week, the city will join the rest of the state in administering vaccines to residents 16 and older. 

😷 Eligible residents in the 46th Ward can call 773-878-4646 to make a vaccine appointment at Weiss Hospital on April 13 and April 20. [46th Ward

🦠 Sign up for the waitlist for future Illinois Restaurant Association vaccine events for industry workers employed in Chicago. 

🗓️ Mark Your Calendar

The Urban Growers Collective is a nonprofit that operates eight urban farms on the city's South Side, and is committed to creating community-based food systems. With the weather warming up, time to get down and dirty with nature.

▪️ Volunteer on Saturdays at the South Chicago Farm. The next drop-in volunteer date is April 24 from 12:30–3 p.m.

▪️ Help operate the Fresh Moves mobile farmers market on weekdays. 

😊 Moment of Joy

190 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago and in Minecraft.
190 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago and in Minecraft. (Images provided by Alex Kemnitz.)
Remember creating fictional worlds in Animal Crossing last year? Now you can travel to the Loop in Minecraft. For almost five years, Illinois Institute of Technology student Alex Kemnitz and Drexel University student Marty Weis built the city's business district and surrounding transit in a 1:1 scale in the game. Next, the architecture students plan to expand east toward Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park.

Who else can't spot the difference? Just me? Cool. 
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