The Magnificent Mile is a huge draw for tourists, and a big boost to the city’s bottom line. But now with big stores like Macy’s and the Gap leaving, CBS 2’s Tara Molina was asking what the city is doing to keep North Michigan Avenue alive.

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Magnificent Mile Struggling, But Advocates Say Reinvention Will ComeThe Magnificent Mile is a huge draw for tourists, and a big boost to the city’s bottom line. But now with big stores like Macy’s and the Gap leaving, CBS 2’s Tara Molina was asking what the city is doing to keep North Michigan Avenue alive.
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Elmhurst Cigar House Puts Up Sign Reading, 'Biden Voters Keep Out'A business owner in west suburban Elmhurst is making things political – and he is not afraid to explain why. CBS 2's Jeremy Ross reports.
Federal Government Backs Off Plan To Tax Distilleries That Pivoted To Hand SanitizerThe federal government is backing off a plan to charge distilleries thousands of dollars – all because they made hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some Restaurants Hope Winterization Grants Help Them Survive WinterHelp is on the way for some restaurants in the form of winterization grants. But those outdoor structures can’t just pop up overnight. CBS 2's Tara Molina reports.
For Those Having New Year's Eve Parties, Bartenders For Hire Are Hot CommodityThe State of Illinois says what you should be doing is staying home and partying virtually or just with the people with whom you live this New Year's Eve. But others are still hosting small gatherings, and as CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reports, that means opportunities for certain industries.
Mount Prospect's Qulinarnia Modern Polish Cuisine Gives Back To Those In NeedA family-owned Mount Prospect restaurant considers itself lucky to pay its own bills and go on providing meals, so as CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reports, that restaurant is giving back.
Hershey's Orders Wauconda Brewery To Pay Up After Using Names Of Its Candies In BeerA real David and Goliath situation has unfolded in the northwest suburbs - all do to with beer. CBS 2's Marie Saavedra reports.
Loop Bar Struggling After Being Denied Chicago Hospitality Grant Program FundingMayor Lori Lightfoot last month said help was on the way for independent bars and restaurants through the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program. But there was a lottery, and 2Twenty2 Tavern in the Loop lost out. CBS 2's Tara Molina reports.
The Gap Set To Close Mag Mile StoreThe Gap will be leaving a big hole in the Magnificent Mile as it announces it plans to close in January.
Pullman's AndySunflower Café Is Taking A Chance Newly Opening During PandemicWe hear often about businesses struggling to survive. But CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov found one restaurant that is making it work.
Ald. Tom Tunney Under Fire For Allowing Indoor Dining At Ann SatherAld. Tom Tunney is the owner of Ann Sather in Lakeview and has actually allowed indoor dining, essentially thumbing his nose at the city's order to ban it. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey spoke with a woman who witnessed the rule breaking first hand.
Thousands Of Illinois Businesses Got $1 Million Or More In PPP LoansThousands of Illinois businesses received millions in loans under a federal government program created to help small companies recover from the economic crisis left in the wake of the pandemic.
Thanksgiving Airline Travel Down 50 Percent, Which Could Spell Trouble For AirlinesCBS 2’s Marissa Parra has been tracking Thanksgiving travel since last week. She reports the possible impact of decreased travel could be rough for airlines.
This Small Business Saturday, Many Chicago Businesses Are In Dire StraitsThis is Small Business Saturday, and at the forefront is a reminder that the holiday shopping season ahead is make-or-break for small businesses that are on the brink. CBS 2's Marissa Parra reports.
Retailers Warn This Small Business Saturday Is Make-Or-BreakThis is Small Business Saturday, and at the forefront is a reminder that the holiday shopping season ahead is make-or-break for small businesses that are on the brink. CBS 2's Marissa Parra reports.
Mad Dash For Black Friday Deals Taking Back Seat To COVID-19It was a holiday tradition for some – after the turkey comes the camp-out, with people waiting in lines for shopping deals even before Thanksgiving is over. COVID-19, however, is changing how we buy things on the eve of Black Friday, as CBS 2's Jeremy Ross reports.
Many Chicagoans Order From Local Restaurants For ThanksgivingSome people who have been cooking at home for months took a break this Thanksgiving, instead ordering from restaurants that could really use the business. CBS 2's Steven Graves reports.
Stores Prepare For Black Friday In Midst Of PandemicWith COVID-19 changing everything, nothing about Black Friday will be traditional either. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reports, we can forget about the rush to line up for those deals after we eat tonight.
Restaurants Rely On Carry-Out Meals To Get Through HolidaysCoronavirus restrictions have put many restaurants in crisis across the state, but this week, many restaurants are trying to make up for the financial carnage with Thanksgiving carry-out. CBS 2's Jeremy Ross reports.
Families Of Boeing 737 Max Crash Victims Say It's Premature To Let Plane Fly AgainChicago-based Boeing’s 737 Max airplane is returning to the skies. But those who lost loved ones tell CBS 2's Charlie De Mar the move is premature.
Owners Say Restaurants Are Not The Source Of COVID-19 SpreadChicago points to record COVID-19 numbers as the reason to shut down indoor dining, but still, some of the city’s most popular restaurants said they are not the source of the spread. But as CBS 2's Marissa Parra reports, the city does not agree.
More Chicago Restaurants, Bars Closing For Good Over New COVID-19 RestrictionsMayor Lori Lightfoot announced a $10 million hospitality grant program for local bars and restaurants earlier in the day. But for some, it’s not enough – and it’s too late. CBS 2's Jermont Terry reports.

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