🌱 Lightfoot Proposes 2023 Budget + Italian Beef Deep Dish Pizza

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

  • 💰 Lightfoot proposes 2023 budget
  • 🏈 Arlington Heights rejects petition to ban public money for Bears stadium
  • 🍕 New Italian beef deep dish pizza

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Top 5 stories in Chicago:

1) Arlington Heights rejects petition to ban public money for Chicago Bears development. A lot was on the line with last night’s vote and the Chicago Bears’ future in Arlington Heights. Last week, the village board voted to approve a petition, but on Monday, trustees voted to reject it. Right now, the Bears have a preliminary $197 million agreement to buy the Arlington International Racecourse. They hope to build an enclosed stadium there. The Bears have said they will not ask for tax dollars to build the stadium itself. But, they do want public funding for the other $5 billion surrounding mixed-use development they have planned. If trustees had voted in favor of the petition, the measure would’ve been put on the ballot as a referendum for local voters to weigh in on.

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2) Museum of Ice Cream goes spooky for Halloween. The Museum of Ice Cream is turning into the Museum of I-Scream for Halloween. The theme through Oct. 31 at the museum allows fans to indulge their love of ice cream — and their love of spooky season. There will be trick-or-treating and updated menu items to reflect the holiday. The immersive experience opened in July 2022 with 14 ice cream-themed installations, including a CTA-inspired room dubbed the Sprink-L, mini-golf and a sprinkle pool. The Halloween version of the pop-up will have new treats, including a pumpkin spice soft serve with bat sprinkles served by a “mad scientist” in an apothecary. A fortune teller will tell people’s fortunes with ice cream-themed tarot cards made for the museum, and the Sprinkle Pool will become a graveyard playing spooky classics.

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3) Lightfoot proposes 2023 budget with no new taxes, fees. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to close a projected $170.6 million budget gap in 2023 relies on booming tax revenues that she said proves Chicago’s budget has fully recovered from the economic catastrophe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $16.4 billion spending proposal unveiled by Lightfoot yesterday does not include a property tax hike to keep up with the soaring rate of inflation, or any other tax or fee hikes. Chicago budget officials have revised their projections to include an additional $260 million in revenue since the beginning of August. Chicago’s financial picture has been buoyed by the city’s red-hot real estate market and nearly $2 billion in federal aid designed to help the city withstand the ravages of the pandemic. Chicago ended 2021 with a surplus of $318 million.


4) Chicago motorists face serious backups as construction on Obama Center begins. Chicago motorists should brace for traffic delays on the South Side while streets around the proposed Obama Center go through another construction phase. Southsiders say traffic has been congested because of ongoing road construction. It’s about to get even more challenging with additional closures and the narrowing of streets in Jackson Park. For three weeks, Hayes Drive will be closed between Stony Island Avenue and Cornell Drive, and from Cornell to DuSable Lake Shore Drive until next summer. Lanes will also be limited on DuSable Lake Shore Drive and on Stony Island Avenue. For joggers and bikers, the pedestrian underpasses at Hayes Drive and the 59th Street Harbor will be closed. 57th Street will remain open. Park facilities will be accessible including the Jackson Park Golf Course.

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5) New Italian beef deep dish pizza combines two Chicago classics. We live in a city of interesting culinary combinations. Two of Chicago’s most Chicago-y restaurants — Lou Malnati’s and Portillo’s — have mixed their signature dishes together to produce an Italian Beef Deep Dish Pizza. The partnership sounds gimmicky, but those hunks of Italian beef in your pie are a pleasant surprise. There are two varieties: one with sweet peppers and the other with spicy giardiniera. That’s a lot of Chicago comfort food crammed into a single pan. They won’t be sold in restaurants, but can be ordered online, and shipped via UPS in dry ice.

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Today in Chicago:

  • Tuesday Morning Farmers Market in Lincoln Square (7:00 AM)
  • SOAR Farmer’s Market at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (7:00 AM)
  • Chicago Water Week 2022 (8:00 AM)
  • National Taco Day at Burrito Beach (10:30 AM)
  • Palaye Royale — Fever Dream World at House of Blues (5:00 PM)
  • World Music Festival at Sleeping Village (7:00 PM)
  • Haunted History Tour at Lincoln Park Zoo (7:00 PM)
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field (7:10 PM)
  • Lykke Li at The Vic Theatre (7:30 PM)
  • W.I.T.C.H. with Paint at Empty Bottle (7:30 PM)
  • S.G. Goodman Le Ren at Schubas (7:30 PM)
  • Mallrat at Lincoln Hall (7:30 PM)
  • Radio Gaga: A Tribute to Queen and Lady Gaga at City Winery Chicago (8:00 PM)

Social chatter:

  • Viral Chicago Cubs Gameday Video: “If you find yourself missing the energy of Wrigley Field and its surrounding neighborhood over the next six months, the Cubs have something for you.” (NBC Chicago)
  • Meet honorary Chicago Police Officer Khalil: “Meet honorary Chicago Police Officer Khalil! We were honored to partner with Make-A-Wish Illinois to grant 4-year-old Khalil’s wish of being a police officer today. Khalil, who is diagnosed with sickle cell disease, got a behind the scenes look at CPD with officers from the Detail Unit and other specialized units. Thank you to Khalil and his family for letting us be a part of your special day!” (Chicago Police Department via Facebook)
  • Photo contest: “📸 Congratulations to @sweetalyeats, whose entry in our sandwich photo contest will appear in the November issue. Swipe to see the next contest theme… ➡️⁠ ⁠ Put your latte art skills to the test or show off your neighborhood’s most ‘grammable coffee spot. Enter our Instagram photo contest by posting your best coffee photo” (Chicago magazine via Instagram)
  • Buckingham Fountain: “Cool fall temperatures mean the end of Buckingham Fountain season. The 95-year-old fountain will turn off for the season on Monday, Oct. 10. While in operation, the Fountain produces a major water display for 20 minutes every hour, starting at 9 a.m., and at dusk, a spectacular light and music display accompanies the major display. The last shows are at 10 p.m. and 10:35 p.m., weather dependent.” (Chicago Park District via Facebook)
  • New: Planta Queen vegan restaurant: “The chain has locations all over the country and Toronto.” (Eater Chicago via Facebook)
  • Logan Square’s workers cottages: “These tours were so popular they sold out — but another date has been added. https://buff.ly/3fqYaIV” (Block Club Chicago via Facebook)

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Nicole Cvetnic

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