Vibrant Murals, Free Bouquets, and Business Openings in Chicago

CHICAGO – Chicago slipped into fall with cold weather this week.

But the town remains bustling and vibrant: Officials broke ground on a major development in Englewood while neighbors opened businesses, a Lincoln Park neighbor offered bouquets to please others, and residents decorated their homes for Halloween.

See what happened around Chicago this week:

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Jessica Housley poses with a large flower arrangement given to her so she can make more bouquets for strangers across Chicago.

Read more: Lincoln Park woman creates joy ‘ripple effect’ by placing bouquets across Chicago for strangers to take away

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Officials and developers shovel dirt at the grand opening of Englewood Connect on September 27, 2022.

Read more: Englewood Connect, a $14 million culinary center and community “living room,” opens a century-old fire station

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A CTA Blue Line train passes as dramatic skies loom over the Chicago skyline, seen from the Illinois Medical District CTA Blue Line stop on September 28, 2022.
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Consignment Lounge, 3520 W. Diversey Ave., is run by husband-and-wife owners Katie Piepel and Mark Pallman.

Read more: Beer and Shop: New consignment lounge along the Logan Square-Avondale border doubles as a vintage store

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Antonio Alcala, Richard Alcala, Maria Alcala and Jose Magaña pose for a photo at Alcala’s Western Wear, 1733 W. Chicago Ave., in West Town on September 29, 2022.
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Jonathan Sessa, also known as “Bagel Boy”, kneads the dough in his Wicker Park kitchen. He sells two dozen wildly popular NYC-style bagels most weeks through his Instagram page.
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Sessa is happy that making bagels is now part of her personality.

Read more: Do Chicago bagels stink? NYC Transplant is looking to solve the ‘bagel problem’ by selling them out of her apartment

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A bogus eviction notice was handed out to residents of a tent village in Touhy Park this week.

Read more: Residents of Rogers Park Tent City received fake eviction notices that promised to move them to a fancy hotel: ‘Don’t do this to us’

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Police respond after shots were fired at the Chicago Police Department’s Homan Square facility around noon on September 26, 2022.

Read more: Man charged with breaking into Homan Square police station got body armor before pointing guns at cops, prosecutors say

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A vibrant mural surrounds the building that houses the Nuevo León restaurant in the small village along 26th Street on September 28, 2022.
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Friends, family and bike advocates take comfort at the Ghost Bike Memorial honoring Sam Bell, a cyclist killed Sept. 8 on Milwaukee Avenue in River West.

Read more: Ghost bike set up in River West for Sam Bell, cyclist killed on Milwaukee Avenue

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Olive Jewel owner Thomas Mansbridge shows off an old photograph in his store in the Ukrainian village.

Read more: Olive Jewel opens in former Fox Club store in Ukrainian village, offering vintage items with historical connection

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Spiders descend on an Old Irving Park house decorated for Halloween as seen on September 27, 2022.
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Mairim Fernandez of Cooperative Mujeres Brillantes, a cleaning cooperative on the East Side, cleans a mirror at Stella’s Hair Studio on September 26, 2022.
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Estela Nava, Mairim Fernandez and Esmeralda Gutierrez of Cooperative Mujeres Brillantes, a cleaning cooperative on the East Side, pose for a photo at the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos office on September 26, 2022.

Read more: The women behind Mujeres Brillantes, a cleaning cooperative in the Southeast, say they are making progress towards a safer and fairer industry

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Lake Michigan is seen from Calumet Park in the nearby East Side where a wind farm is proposed, September 26, 2022.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot poses for a portrait outside the old fire station during the grand opening of Englewood Connect on September 27, 2022.

Read more: Englewood Connect, a $14 million culinary hub and community ‘living room’, opens a century-old fire station

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18th street in Pilsen on September 28, 2022.
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The Logan Square Farmers Market made headlines this week for its reputation among Logan Square residents for being “excited”. Here, the neighbors pass by the market on Sundays.

Read more: Need fresh produce — and a lover? Logan Square Farmer’s Market is the place to be, locals say

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A dramatic fall sky hangs over the Chicago skyline at sunset, seen from Elston Avenue in Avondale on September 28, 2022.

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