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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN CHICAGO

🌦️ I'm betting this rainy 50-degree weather stays, but hoping it's 80 next week.

Chicago mayors have long wanted a casino in the city, but governors have refused to roll the dice and officials have been stumped by location. So how's Mayor Lori Lightfoot — who is accepting proposals for casino resorts — finally getting buy-in on a casino in the city?

In 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker, who's invested in the industry, passed a gambling extension bill, which included the city's first casino. 

As the Lightfoot administration vets proposals through Aug. 23, the question of where to put the casino is resurfacing. Downtown is the jackpot location, according to eight out of 11 gaming firms surveyed informally by the city last summer. But South and West Side aldermen want the casino built in their wards for job opportunities.

Not everyone wants a casino in the city. As The 78 development is considered as a site, some nearby Chinatown residents say they are worried about easier gambling access. [WTTW; Chicago Reporter; South Side Weekly]


—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

💞 Remembering Jaslyn Adams
A vigil was held in East Garfield Park on Wednesday night for the 7 year old fatally shot at a McDonald's drive-thru over the weekend. Jaslyn Adams, nicknamed "Pinky," is remembered as a happy, silly kid who liked to make TikToks. [Chicago Sun-Times]
👇What you can do:
▪️ Donate to the fundraiser in Adams' memory. 
▪️ Project Presence will meet Thursdays at 5 p.m. to plan events to keep young people off the street. [Block Club Chicago]
▪️ The Bronzeville McDonald's is giving away Happy Meals on Friday at 4 p.m. [Block Club Chicago]
🍺 Beloved Guthrie's Tavern to reopen under new ownership
Matt Baldino, a Roscoe Village bar owner, purchased the Wrigleyville bar in an effort to preserve Chicago history. Staff and patrons were devastated when former owner Steve Leith closed it last summer. Five blocks west of Wrigley Field, Guthrie's is aiming to reopen by June 1. [Chicago Tribune]
🎬 Is Chicago the next Hollywood?
By the end of the year, Cinespace TV production center plans to increase its number of soundstages by 50%. Home to "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D.," and "Chicago Med," the Little Village center's operator Alex Pissios said he has actually had to turn away business. [Crain's Chicago]

🎙️ TODAY'S PODCAST

Between the city announcing $60 million in grant funding to reignite the arts scene to learning laid-off Second City staffers potentially won't get their jobs back, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones joins City Cast Chicago to break down this week in arts news.
Listen here

📠 VAX FAX

💉Starting Friday, all Chicago mass vaccination sites will accept walk-up appointments. [Gregory Pratt]

😷 University of Chicago students and staff leaving the city at the end of the quarter, June 12, must get their first vaccine dose by May 21. The school announced it was opening a vaccine clinic for students and staff in early May. 

🦠 Volunteer at a phone bank this weekend and next week to help community members register for an April 30 vaccine clinic hosted by state Sen. 
Cristina Pacione-Zayas and state Rep. Will Guzzardi. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TODAY: Check out the newly renovated Skydeck at the Willis Tower
If you need to strengthen your insta game, head to the Skydeck to take selfies and capture beautiful views of the city, 103 floors up. 

+ TONIGHT: Watch "RuPaul Drag Race" finale tonight
Rewatch season 13 at Sidetrack in Boystown. We're all winners to have witnessed this season. Y'all see Gottmik's makeup? Symone's fits? C'mon 🤩

+ SATURDAY: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day
Join local authors and fellow bibliophiles to virtually celebrate the local indy bookstore scene on Saturday at 11 a.m. Buy from indy bookstores too!

+ SATURDAY: Eat at Heffer BBQ's pop-up in Pilsen
Chow down on brisket and pork belly nuggies slathered in homemade coffee bourbon BBQ sauce over at Lo Rez Brewing on Saturday at noon

+ SUNDAY: Attend Dating 101 webinar for teens
Young people, 12–17, can join a convo about healthy relationships hosted by the Domestic Violence Ministry at St. Katharine Drexel on Sunday at 4 p.m.

💙 MOMENT OF JOY

If you're trying to get outside more with the kids, let us put you on the Chicago Children's Theatre Walkie Talkie tours. While walking through the neighborhoods, kids can listen to immersive podcasts about South Shore, Little Village, and around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Learning and nature, what could be better? 🤓
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