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Weekend plans: Bakeoffs, art shows, and genealogical digging

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Happy weekend! 

ICYMI: The U.S. National Archives released 1950 census records. I’ve spent the past week searching for my relatives on the online portal. But the process has made me realize I need to call my grandparents to figure out where they were at the time 😅

Maybe you’ll have better luck than me: The Sun-Times put together this handy-dandy explainer on how to use the tool. 

If you’re less of a family genealogist and more of a history buff, look up prominent Chicagoans from the time — like Gwendolyn Brooks, the Daleys, or even a young Harold Washington.


▪️ People with “long COVID-19” can participate in a study with the University of Illinois at Chicago. This comes as U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is pushing for more federal funding for long COVID treatment centers and clinics. [WTTW; Crain’s Chicago]

▪️ Technicians at WTTW are ending a three-week strike and returning to work today after reaching an agreement with the local PBS affiliate. [Chicago Sun-Times]

▪️ “61st Street” premieres on AMC Sunday. Produced by Michael B. Jordan and starring Courtney B. Vance and Aunjanue Ellis, the show follows a drug bust gone wrong in Woodlawn and the inequities South Siders face. [Block Club Chicago]

▪️ Yelp now displays menus, reviews, and…health inspections? [Chicago Tribune]

▪️ This week’s must-read.

Scooter drawing

Nearly 4,000 e-scooters are coming in May, the city’s first casino is closer to reality, and Art on the Mart is back. CBS Chicago’s Marissa Parra and WCIU’s Brandon Pope join City Cast’s Jacoby Cochran to break down the week’s news. (new)

Missed a City Cast episode this week? Catch up.



+Patti LaBelle & Gladys Knight in South Loop. After their 2020 “Verzuz” battle, see the two performers reunite at Wintrust Arena at 8 p.m.


+Easter festivities citywide. Park District has Easter egg hunts at Maggie Daley and West Lawn Parks, and a bunny hop fun run at Durkin Park. 

+ Project Onward’s portrait pop-up in River West. Get custom drawings of you or your pets at the Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art from noon to 4 p.m.

+ Handmade Market in Ukrainian Village. Shop from 30+ vendors selling unique clothes, jewelry, and more at the Empty Bottle from noon to 4 p.m.


+Great Roo bakeoff in Irving Park. Be a taster, and vote on the best pies, cookies, and more at Trigger from noon to 3 p.m.

+ Gathering at Burnham Skate Park. Head to the South Side park for skating, live DJ sets, giveaways, a clothing drive, and more from 2 to 7 p.m.

+ ”Southeast” screening in Hyde Park. See the documentary about the area’s history at the Logan Center at 3 p.m. (Catch our convo with filmmaker and East Side native Steven Walsh.) 

All Weekend

+ Homer-athon in Greektown. Go to a reading of Homer’s “Odyssey” in its entirety at the National Hellenic Museum today from noon to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

+ EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier. Check out work from artists spanning 65 global cities, including Chicago, now through Sunday.

Black-and-white photo of a woman smiling at a man holding a microphone. She holds papers in her hands. There is a "Chicago White Sox" sign behind her. Can see a glimpse of the stadium in the background.
Harry Caray and Mary Shane before the White Sox home opener in 1977. (Bettmann / Getty)

Thursday, we gave you all a couple of clues to guess MLB’s first woman broadcaster who worked for the White Sox. 

But it seems we’ve stumped you! 

Mary Shane made history with the South Side team for her play-by-play and analysis work in the ’70s and ’80s. 

Listen to Slate’s “One Year” for more.

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