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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN CHICAGO

Rumor has it that the Bears are trying to trade up in the draft ahead of tonight's first-round picks to land a young quarterback. But given general manager Ryan Pace's picking history — are we sure the right QB will even be picked? 

In 2017, Pace passed up Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes for, uh, Mitch Trubisky. Three years later when Pace signed quarterback Nick Foles, the two messily competed to start.

In the last couple months, Pace tried to give away the Bears defense and multiple draft picks for Seattle’s Russell Wilson, which Seattle declined. The GM cut Trubisky and signed Andy Dalton — a "backup quarterback at best," in the words of my father — to a one-year $10 million contract. 


If the team stays in the No. 20 spot for the draft, will they be able to score a solid late-round quarterback like Stanford’s Davis Mills, Florida’s Kyle Trask, or Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond? [Bears Wire; Chicago Sun-Times

🌧️ It may be raining in your hearts and on the streets today, Bears fans, but sunnier days soon — literally. We have a 70-degree weekend ahead 🥳


—Sidney Madden (@sidney_madden_)
📰 IN OTHER NEWS

▪️ Anthony Alvarez: 'Why are you shooting me?'
That’s what the 22 year old asked police after they shot the armed man in the back as he was running from them, according to footage released from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA. Alvarez died on the scene. [WBEZ]

🏥 Loretto Hospital paid millions to companies of ex-COO's friend
Sameer Suhail is a friend, neighbor, and business partner of Dr. Anosh Ahmed, Loretto Hospital's former chief operating officer who resigned last month following the vaccine distribution scandal. Three of Suhail's companies received nearly $4 million from the cash-strapped safety net hospital in one year. [Better Government Association, Block Club Chicago]

🎭 Steppenwolf Theatre announces in-person show dates
The theater company announced its 2021–22 season, including performances of "Bug," which ran before the pandemic, and "King James," a play about LeBron James' relationship with Cleveland. The new $54 million theater will also open next April with Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull." [Chicago Tribune]

🏳️‍🌈 Pride in the Park returns this June
Bookmark your calendars for the last weekend in June because the two-day outdoor fest in Grant Park is set to return this year! Pride in the Park will be one of the city's first live music festivals since the pandemic began. [NBC Chicago]
👉 What you can do: Tickets go on sale Friday at noon
🎙️ TODAY'S PODCAST
 
With Illinois losing a seat in the U.S. House, Syamala Krishnamsetty tells City Cast Chicago why people should have more of a say redrawing political maps.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TODAY: How should media cover Adam Toledo's story?
Tonight at 6 p.m., join City Bureau for a conversation about the media's responsibilities when telling the stories of victims of police brutality.

+ TODAY: In-person Spanish tapas class
Planning your European vacation for this summer? First take your taste buds to Barcelona, and make tapas in Logan Square tonight at 6:30 p.m.

+ TODAY & FRIDAY: Arbor Day plant Sale
Head to the Morton Arboretum today and tomorrow to pick from thousands of plants in time for Arbor Day 🌳

+ SATURDAY: Community bike ride in Vittum Park 
Grab your friends and family for a 20–30 minute bike ride around Vittum Park at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Don't forget those masks and helmets! 

💙 MOMENT OF JOY

Huskey in a scarf.
Chihuahua in a shirt.
Images provided by Pocha Shop 
We all have fits we've been waiting to wear. But why dress up by yourself? Stop by Pocha Shop in Pilsen to get scarves, jerseys, and tees for your pets. Combining her Mexican heritage and love for animals, owner Cynthia Soto opened the store in March. Soto said she's had support from customers and businesses, and has been invited to several pop-up events [Modern Brown Girl]

👉 What you can do: Order from the store, and snap pics with your pets at the Mommy & Me photo shoot happening today, Friday, and next week.
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