Tax Refund Delays Grow As Filing Deadline Gets CloserCOVID and the policies to help fight its economic implications have put the IRS far behind in its processing of tax returns.
Could A Turnaround Be Coming For 'Disturbingly High' Vacancy Rates On The Magnificent Mile?Disturbingly high vacancy rates – that is the state of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile today - with stores still closing up and moving out a year after the mile was hit by looters and crushed by the pandemic.
'This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery': Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product ShortagesShortages and higher prices could remain common, as companies struggle with their supply chains and try to predict post-COVID demand during a surge in spending.
Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?With the latest round of stimulus checks already distributed to most eligible Americans, many wonder if additional aid is coming.
The Second City Reopening Main Stage With New Show 'Happy To Be Here'The pandemic brought the curtain down on The Second City and other theaters in March 2020, but live performances return to the main stage at Piper's Alley on Friday, with the new show "Happy To Be Here" at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Child Tax Credit: Parents Will Soon Get A Monthly Check, But For How Much?Raising a child is very expensive, but the expanded Child Tax Credit is about to give parents some more money to help.
After Struggling Mightily During The Pandemic, JR Dessert Bakery In West Rogers Park Has Made Comeback -- Business Is Even Better Than In 2019A West Rogers Park neighborhood bakery had to furlough their employees and saw a steep decline in business – but now they're back at full force.
Return Of Trade Shows To McCormick Place Is Good News For Hotels, Workers, And The Chicago EconomyJobs, jobs, jobs - the return of trade shows and even the Auto Show at McCormick Place is a welcome sign for laid off workers.
American Families Plan: What's In It, And How Could It Put Money In Your Pocket?This sweeping piece of legislation can be loosely divided into childcare, education and paid family leave, but it also includes tax cuts and support for nutrition.
Bars, Restaurants Hopeful That Federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund Will Be Game-Changer As They Submit ApplicationsOn Monday, many restaurateurs were hoping a multibillion-dollar lifeline from the federal government will help those still barely hanging on.
Chicago Area Restaurants Boom With Warm Weather And Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions; Owners Hope It's A Taste Of What's To ComeThere was a business boom this Sunday thanks to summerlike weather and improved COVID-19 metrics – with Chicagoans out in big numbers for a boost that many restaurants desperately need.
Fireworks Return To Navy Pier Along With Visitors And Optimistic Business OwnersFireworks made a triumphant return to Navy Pier Saturday night after a year of pandemic darkness – with bursts of color lighting up the downtown sky.
A Glimmer Of Normalcy In Chicago As Customers Return To Small Businesses And Massive Venues AlikeThis first weekend of May was a first crack at normalcy for many businesses welcoming back customers – from small businesses to massive operators such as Navy Pier and Arlington Park racetrack.
Stimulus Check Update: Can You Expect A Plus-Up Payment?Many Americans have already received an extra stimulus check, with more going out each week.
Film And TV Industry Came To Rescue To Prevent McCormick Place's $3 Billion Pandemic Revenue Loss From Being Even WorseMore than $3 billion – that is how much revenue was lost at McCormick Place during the pandemic shutdown. But the film and TV industry prevented that figure from being even worse.