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Navy Pier celebrates Centennial year

Improvements to Navy Pier will continue beyond this year’s Centennial celebrations as one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist destinations continues to plan beyond its 100th anniversary, Marilynn Gardner, the pier’s president and CEO, told members of the City Club last week.

Navy Pier opened in July 1906 and has frequently played host to events and other cultural offerings through its first 100 years. During World War II, the pier served as a U.S. Navy training site.

Lightfoot and Angelo to appear on Chicago Tonight

Lori Lightfoot, chairwoman of Chicago's Police Accountability Task Force, and Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo are scheduled to appear on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight Monday evening. The pair are expected to discuss a report the task force released last month entitled “Recommendations for Reform:  Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities They Serve.”

Divvy offering free rides for Earth Day

The city of Chicago will celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 by offering residents free Divvy rides.

On Friday, Chicagoans can go to any Divvy kiosk in the city and receive a 24-hour pass, which typically costs $9.95, for free. The passes allow riders to take unlimited 30-minute trips throughout the day at no additional charge.

Candidates for Chicago mayor in 2019?

It is never too early to discuss the next election, or even one or two more down the line.  At Wednesday’s City Club luncheon, “A Crisis of Confidence:  Police, Chicago’s Public Schools, Finances & the Mayor’s Ability to Lead,” the conversation turned to who might enter the 2019 election for mayor in Chicago.

Advertising conference to explorer technology’s effect on advertising law

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) will host its annual, two-day Advertising Law & Policy Conference in Chicago next week. This year’s conference will examine the impact of technological advances on legal and policy issues in advertising.

Now in its 12th year, the ANA Advertising Law & Policy Conference will include panel discussions, speaker presentations and interactive programs. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will give the keynote address at this year’s conference.

MPEA seeks restaurant developer for space in America Book Company Building

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is seeking a developer for a restaurant that will be located on the first floor of Chicago’s historic American Book Company (ABC) Building.

1871 begins accepting applications for Campus 1871

1871 on Thursday announced it will begin accepting applications for its third annual Campus 1871, a weekend-long startup event for local university students.

Campus 1871 is open to students from 1871’s university partners, which include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Loyola University Chicago, DeVry University and Illinois Institute of Technology. Participants in the program will learn about entrepreneurship, develop business plans and pitch those plans to a panel of judges.

Cinespace hosting “Galaween,” a Halloween charity benefit

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will host its first annual “Galaween” charity event on Oct. 31 with proceeds benefitting anti-violence causes in the city.

Cinespace’s nonprofit organization, CineCares, is in charge of organizing the Galaween party.  Established in 2014, CineCares raises money for anti-violence campaigns and awards scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

Mary Kenney stepping down from IHDA

After serving with the Illinois Housing Development Authority for more than four years, Executive Director Mary Kenney will step down from her role on Friday.

New ad calls for state action to help Chicago stabilize its finances

Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity (IllinoisGO) on Tuesday unveiled a new advertisement highlighting the impact Chicago has on Illinois’ economy and encouraging state lawmakers to seek compromises to improve the city’s financial standing.

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