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🌱 Small Business Saturday + Wild Turkeys + Tent City Chili Night

Good morning! Thanks for looking at today’s Chicago Daily. In your guide to local stories:

  • 🎁 50 companies are participating in Southwest Side’s Small business owner on Saturday
  • 🦃 Wild turkeys are back and have spread across the Chicago area
  • 🚨 Two killed, 16 wrongly injured stolen car accident

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Clouds give way to some sun. High: 51 Low: 36.


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📰 Top 5 Chicago Stories:

1) The stolen car was going the wrong way before causing a violent accident that killed two people and injured 16. At least two people were killed and 16 injured on Wednesday night when the driver of a stolen Dodge Charger drove the wrong direction “at a very high speed”, collided with seven other vehicles and “caught fire immediately on impact”. Seven children were among the injured. The two occupants of the Charger died at the scene. The crash happened around 5 p.m. in the South Side neighborhood of Chatham.

CBS Chicago

2) In the tent city of Rogers Park, the housed and the unhoused gather for a new tradition: the weekly Chili Night. For more than a year, teams from Rogers Park neighbors have been organizing a weekly chili night for dozens of people living in tents in Touhy Park. The idea started with Ahmed Chaudhry, who lives near the park with his wife and 10-month-old child. The operation has grown over time and neighbors offer fresh produce, personal care products, clothing and harm reduction items.

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3) Thanksgiving Success Story: Wild turkeys, once hunted to oblivion in Illinois, have spread to the Chicago area. Turkeys have been seen in the Chicago area, including McCormick Place and Beverly on the south side. The comeback of the bird is a success story for conservation. Wild turkeys were once plentiful in Illinois, but by the early 1900s they were hunted into oblivion. Government and private conservation groups reintroduced them in the middle of the century, and their numbers have grown to stable numbers.

Chicago Tribune

4) More than 50 companies are participating in the Southwest Side’s Small Business Saturday event. More than 50 small businesses in the Clearing, West Lawn, Chicago Lawn and Gage Park neighborhoods will participate Greater Southwest Development Corporation Small Business Saturday event. “You don’t If you need to go shopping on Michigan Avenue, you can shop right here on the Southwest Side,” said Rodney Watt, development director for the group organizing the event, now in its 10th year. The tradition includes a gift for business owners to give to participating customers. This year it’s a Christmas candle.

Chicago Sun Times

5) Ukrainian family celebrates Thanksgiving for the first time in the United States. The Chekhotskyi family arrived in the Chicago area in July 2022, having left everything in their hometown of Chornomorsk in the Odessa region of Ukraine. “We heard explosions everywhere, we opened the window, we saw how the war started and at this moment we decide to move to save our children,” said 40-year-old Alla Chekhotska. They are now legally sponsored by the Mohrman family of Plainfield and celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time yesterday.

NBC Chicago


📌 Today in Chicago:

  • Winter Flower Show: Snow Day! at the Garfield Park Conservatory (10:00 a.m.)
  • Griswold’s Holiday Pop-Up at the Houndstooth Saloon (11:00 a.m.)
  • Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo (4:30 p.m.)
  • bad omens at Concord Music Hall (5:30 p.m.)
  • Hard Country Honky Tonk with the Hoyle Brothers at Empty Bottle (5:30 p.m.)
  • “The Princess Bride in Concert” at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (7:30 p.m.)
  • Henhouse Prowlers with Old Shoe & Fox Crossing string band at Park West (7:30 p.m.)
  • Bobby Rush at Buddy Guy’s Legends (8:00 p.m.)
  • jordi at the Bottom Lounge (8:00 p.m.)
  • The Music of Queen performed by The Chicago Philharmonic at the Riviera Theater (8:00 p.m.)
  • Bodeans at City Winery (8:00 p.m.)
  • “Merry Christmas Darling” at the Mercury Theater (8:30 p.m.)
  • Liam Kazar with Hannah Cohen in hiding (9:30 p.m.)
  • Friendsgiving with special guests Ludwig the child in Radius (10:00 p.m.)
  • autograph in the Sound Bar (10:00 p.m.)
  • Emo Night Brooklyn feat. Cruella Morgan at the House of Blues (10:00 p.m.)

📱 Social chatter:

  • Doris Lee’s “Thanksgiving”: “It’s not Thanksgiving without an argument. Believe it or not, this sane depiction of the domestic holiday – Doris Lee’s “Thanksgiving” – caused a storm of controversy when the painting was first exhibited at the Art Institute in 1935, and in part inspired the emergence of the anti-modernist Society for Sanity in Art.” (The Art Institute of Chicago via Facebook)
  • Chicago Bulls sound off: “What’s one thing that MUST be on the Thanksgiving table today? 🤔🦃” (Chicago Bulls via Facebook)
  • Do you need a Christmas tree?: Where to buy or fell your own fresh Christmas tree near the South Side. (Chicago patch)

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Nicole Cvetnik

About me: I’m from the Midwest and I’m very happy to call Chicagoland my home. I love the outdoors – especially hiking, performing arts, photography, good food, travel and gardening. I often find myself reading to my two-year-old daughter, watching a TV series with my husband, or cuddling our special needs dog.

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