This week marked the official start to summer. With longer days, warmer temperatures and the most unrestricted living we’ve had in more than year, it’s a good time to try new things. And if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than our Chicago summer guide, full of favorites from the Tribune staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? Send me an email and let me know.
— Nicole Stock, audience editor
Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.
Aldermen on Wednesday temporarily derailed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s appointment of a new top city lawyer over the Law Department’s treatment of Anjanette Young in her lawsuit over an infamous botched police raid.
The spat again delayed an expected vote on a plan to rename Chicago’s storied Lake Shore Drive in honor of the city’s Black founder, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable.
Alarmed by a steep decline in routine childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Health officials are urging parents to ensure that any missing shots get in kids’ arms this summer to avoid outbreaks of infections during the upcoming school year.
Under a legal settlement, Texas-based Vistra will drain pits of water-soaked coal ash along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, about 120 miles south of Chicago. The company also will dig a trench to collect contaminated groundwater and monitor the fast-eroding riverbank after major storms.
A collective of street vendors — many of whom have advocated for decades for Chicago to establish a license to protect their fellow eloteros and tamaleros — pooled their resources to purchase a commercial kitchen with the help of other neighborhood groups. They say the purchase can help pave the way for other street vendors to get a license by allowing them to rent it at affordable prices.
Spend enough time exploring the history of Chicago neighborhoods and, eventually, you’ll brush up against some pretty great food.