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Hey, hey! It's a rainy weekend in the 50s and 60s, but we have sunshine and vaccines to look forward to in the coming weeks 😇

We don't know yet if local colleges will require students to get vaccinated come fall. To enroll in Illinois universities, domestic and international students are already required to receive several immunizations, but a state health spokesperson wouldn't say whether the COVID-19 vaccine would be required.

One higher ed consultant suspects colleges will require some students, like those living in dorms, to get the vaccine but not all so it doesn’t look like schools are overstepping. As of now, Northwestern, Loyola, and U of Chicago said they won't require it. (But the university in Hyde Park did just issue a stay-at-home order as there were more than 50 cases reported.)

Northwestern and U of I are conducting clinical trials to see if the vaccine prevents widespread infection among students. [Chicago Tribune; WTTW]

🗞️ In Other News

▪️ A CPS employee said she suffered a brain aneurysm after the ex-principal threw a water bottle at her head. She's now suing CPS. Faye Jenkins and her colleagues had been cleaning up at the Old Town school when Kurt Jones threw a plastic water bottle at her head, giving her a bloody eye and headaches months after. [Chicago Sun-Times]
▪️ Many felt removing monuments would be "akin to erasing history," a city official said of the public's comments at Wednesday's monuments meeting. Dozens of monuments are under review for upholding white supremacy and inaccurately depicting other cultures. [Chicago Sun-Times; City Cast Chicago]
▪️ Applications for the Wicker Park Farmers Market are due today. Spring has sprung, and the outdoor weekly market kicks off Mother's Day weekend and runs until October. [Block Club Chicago
👉 What you can do: Vendors and musicians should apply today. 

🎙️ Today's Podcast

Statewide vaccine eligibility outside of Chicago begins Monday — and Gov. JB Pritzker is reminding Chicagoans they can get vaccinated at state-run sites. Vaccine eligibility is the latest difference between Lightfoot and Pritzker. City Cast Chicago talked to reporters to differentiate the political theater from the tension between the two.
Listen to today's episode
🗣️And we wanna hear your weak-ass takes! Record your name, neighborhood, and unpopular opinion via voice memo on your phone and send to, and we might feature you on the podcast! 

📠 Vax Fax

💉Eligible adult Chicagoans can register for the 2nd Ward vaccine clinic in Old Town this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your photo ID, insurance card, and Eventbrite ticket

😷Following state and county eligibility requirements, vaccines are available at Physicians Immediate Care locations in the city and nearby suburbs. Appointments become available at midnight.

🏙️ Made in Chicago

We all think we're multi-hyphenated creators just moonlighting these day jobs, but Buenört Collective puts us all to shame. The Chicago-based group is a self-described "record label, booking agency, and party incubator." And now the group has international reach by helping the Madrid-based flamenco group El Sombrero del Abuelo release their latest album. 

Buenört Collective was born out of creatives sharing common interests in Afro-Latinx music and nightlife. They aim to curate nightlife experiences introducing new cultures and forming communities. [Chicago Reader]

😊 Moment of Joy

Exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Black Creativity exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry. (Image by Jacoby Cochran.)
City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran went to the Museum of Science and Industry to see the Black Creativity Art and Activism exhibit documenting last summer's historic protests in the city. Also on display is the Juried Art exhibit which is honoring Black Chicago STEAM leaders this year. 
🗓️ Want to see IRL? Art and Activism opens later this month, and Juried Art is on display until July 4. 
Happy, happy weekend, y'all! Thanks for sticking with us, and as always, we're happy to hear your thoughts about the newsletter and podcast. Hit us up!

—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)

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