Chicago News You Need to Know This Week: Trump, Teachers—and the Photobombing Grandma

Chicago is having a big week: with two Presidential visits, plus the ongoing teacher’s strike, we are making headlines nationwide.

We’ve rounded up the news you should know in Chicago and beyond, plus some feel-good stories to brighten your day.

The former President and First Lady unveiled their plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

Barack, Michelle in Chicago for 3rd annual Obama Foundation Summit – ABC 7 Chicago

Here is the latest on the Chicago Teacher’s Strike, on its 10th day.

Live Updates: While CTU votes, here’s what’s in the tentative agreement – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Teacher's Strike Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times
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Have you heard about “Photobombing Grandma?” She’s making friends all over the city.

Photobombing Grandma Captures Hearts In Chicago – ABC 7 Chicago

 

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On Monday, President Trump visited Chicago for the first time since he took office, and naturally made headlines with his comments.

In less than five hours, Trump slams Chicago crime, ridicules top cop, raises $4M — and sparks protests comparing him to Hitler – Chicago Sun-Times

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Jodie Wiederkehr, leader of Chicago Alliance for Animals, is fighting to ban horse-drawn carriages in Chicago.

Meet the woman leading the charge to ban horse-drawn carriages in Chicago: ‘She’s relentless — in a good way’ – Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune Horse Drawn Carriage Fight
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The latest on the California wildfires, and power outages. If you need resources or are looking for ways to help, Marin Magazine, our sister publication, has a complete guide.

California Fire Tracker – San Francisco Chronicle 

 

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The Cubs have a new manager, and you probably recognize him.

David Ross isn’t dwelling on the past — like the 2016 World Series — as he takes over as Cubs manager – Chicago Tribune

Over 1,000 volunteers are helping to finish a quilt, found at a rummage sale.

A Lifelong Quilter Died Before Completing Gorgeous U.S. Map Project. Now, Hundreds Of Chicago Crafters Are Finishing Job To Honor Her – Block Club Chicago

 

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Chicago has it’s first hard seltzer named ‘City Water,’ and we hear it’s a good one (plus sales support the Great Lakes).

City Water is Chicago’s first local craft hard seltzer — and immediately one of the best anywhere – Chicago Tribune

 

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This former Logan Square church that was renovated into apartments was honored for it’s “Excellence in Preservation.”

Logan Square Church-To-Luxury-Apartments Project Honored For ‘Excellence In Preservation’ – Block Club Chicago

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