Maybe you’re tired of strolling through Barnes & Noble again, or you want to discover new authors. These indie and local bookstores are sure to have something for every reader. Everything from zines to anthologies to comics, Chicago has the bookstores to feature them all. Many of these spaces also host author events or book clubs — like Quimby’s or Semi Colon — for those looking to get deeper with the text or just to meet fellow bookworms. And because you probably want to share your finds with your friends…yes, all of these shops are absolutely Instagrammable (and don’t forget to tag them).
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention had estimated vaccination hesitancy that raised concern for many states. While the estimates were not reported to be comparable to the Household Pulse Survey done, a recent Gallup poll revealed 24% of Americans did not plan to get vaccinated.
At the end of April, President Joe Biden had set intentions to get 70% of the public vaccinated by July 4th. The latest numbers collected by the CDC suggest that goal is not unrealistic.
The Department of Public Health has compiled data on Covid-19 vulnerability across several Chicago neighborhoods. The vulnerability score (CCVI) is averaged through the rankings of several factors like socioeconomic status, comorbid conditions, and Covid-19 incidence rates (to name a few).
The data shows certain neighborhoods — typically Southside — are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Northside areas like Hyde Park or Uptown ranked significantly lower.
Most of the higher CCVI scores coincide with high socioeconomic vulnerability rankings as well as a high amount of Covid hospitalizations and higher resulting mortality rates. …
The map of local farmers markets shows locations available in 2015. Farmers markets are a way to help create community and increase environmental awareness, introducing consumers to more organic and sustainable nutrition options.
Several current farmers markets set to be open from May to early October this year are often reported by food blogs or local news stations, so be sure to check those out for updated information.
Since its arrival in the United States in January of last year, the coronavirus has claimed over 500,000 lives of at least 30 million reported cases. The disease halted several routine operations, air travel being one of them.
Nearly a year later, the first doses of the then newly approved Pfizer vaccine were given out to medical personnel and frontline workers. Comparable vaccines like Moderna and Johnson and Johnson were introduced shortly after. …
The past two weeks follow an increase in military activity over the Gaza strip, beginning with a recent Israeli airstrike over the area on May 13th.
A comparison of Google searches for the two involved parties within the last 30 days reflect the increase in interest as the bombardments escalated.
View additional data here.
The trends display an obvious spike on the evening of the Eid al-Fitr, an important religious holiday for Muslims. Searches for Israel largely shadow Palestine, with at least 70 more hits on May 12th. …
by Bob Smith
Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.
“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”