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

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

  • 🎁 50 businesses to participate in Southwest Side’s Small Business Saturday
  • 🦃 Wild turkeys are back and have spread across Chicago area
  • 🚨 Two killed, 16 hurt in wrong way stolen car crash

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📰 Top 5 stories in Chicago:

1) Stolen car was driving wrong way before fiery crash that killed two, hurt 16. At least two people were killed and 16 hurt Wednesday evening when the driver of a stolen Dodge Charger traveled the wrong way “at a very high rate of speed,” collided with seven other vehicles and “immediately caught fire upon impact.” Seven children were among those injured. The two occupants of the Charger both died at the scene. The crash occurred at about 5 p.m. in the South Side neighborhood of Chatham.

CBS Chicago

2) At Rogers Park tent city, housed and unhoused gather for new tradition: weekly chili night. For more than a year, teams of Rogers Park neighbors have organized to provide a weekly chili night for dozens of people living in tents inside Touhy Park. The idea began with Ahmed Chaudhry, who lives near the park with his wife and 10-month-old. The operation has grown over time, with neighbors offering fresh produce, personal hygiene products, clothes and harm reduction supplies.

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3) Thanksgiving success story: Wild turkeys, once hunted to oblivion in Illinois, have spread across Chicago area. Turkeys have been seen around the Chicago area, including McCormick Place and Beverly on the South Side. The bird’s comeback is a conservation success story. Wild turkeys were once plentiful in Illinois, but by the early 1900s were hunted to oblivion. State and private conservation groups reintroduced them midcentury, and they’ve grown to stable numbers.


4) More than 50 businesses taking part in Southwest Side’s Small Business Saturday event. More than 50 small businesses in the neighborhoods of Clearing, West Lawn, Chicago Lawn and Gage Park will be participating in the Greater Southwest Development Corporation’s Small Business Saturday event. “You do not have to go down to Michigan Avenue to shop, you can shop right here on the Southwest Side,” said Rodney Watt, director of development for the group organizing the event, now in its 10th year. The tradition includes a gift for business owners to give customers who attend. This year, it’s a holiday candle.

Chicago Sun-Times

5) Ukrainian family celebrates Thanksgiving for first time in United States. The Chekhotskyi family arrived in the Chicago area in July 2022 after leaving everything behind in their hometown of Chornomorsk, in the Odessa region of Ukraine. “We heard some explosions everywhere, we opened the window, we saw when the war began and at this moment we decided to move to save our children,” said 40-year-old Alla Chekhotska. They’re now being legally sponsored by the Mohrman family in Plainfield and celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday for the first time yesterday.

NBC Chicago

📌 Today in Chicago:

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

📱 Social chat:

  • Doris Lee’s “Thanksgiving”: “It isn’t Thanksgiving without an argument. Believe or not, this wholesome depiction of holiday domesticity—Doris Lee’s “Thanksgiving”—caused a storm of controversy when the painting was first displayed at the Art Institute in 1935, inspiring in part the formation 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 NEEDS to be on the Thanksgiving table today? 🤔🦃” (Chicago Bulls via Facebook)
  • Need a Christmas tree?: Where to buy or cut down your own fresh Christmas Tree near the South Side. (Chicago Patch)

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