Chicago news roundup: How the city is handling a monkeypox outbreak, Lolla’s best acts to see

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With 202 monkeypox cases already and a shortage of vaccines, Chicago public health officials today sounded the alarm about the mounting crisis and urged those with symptoms to get tested.

Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said monkeypox victims range in age from 22 to 66, with nearly all of the confirmed cases being men who have had sex with men. The majority of cases have occurred on the North Side, where Chicago’s gay population is concentrated.

So far, 30% of patients diagnosed with monkeypox at Howard Brown Health Center have been Hispanic and nearly 20% have been African American, said President and CEO David Ernesto Munar.

“Historically neglected communities will bear the brunt of this because they have other outbreaks,” Munar said.

“We fear that we will continue to see disparities. We also know that we are only reaching minority people who are likely to have symptoms affected by this outbreak, as some people who have symptoms do not recognize them and do not come forward.

Chicago has administered 5,400 doses of the monkeypox vaccine and another 15,000 doses are expected to arrive as early as this weekend.

“I’m concerned about where we are. We just don’t have enough vaccines for everyone who needs them,” Munar said.

“We are doing everything we can to prioritize vaccinations for those most at risk. But the truth is that, given the very limited national supply, tens of thousands of people will be eligible and will not have access.

Until there are enough vaccines to meet growing demand, Chicago has established a pecking order for the limited monkeypox vaccine supply. Arwady called it a “ring vaccination strategy”.

Fran Spielman has more on the monkeypox outbreak here.

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  2. Two people were shot in an exchange of gunfire with Chicago police in Pilsen this morning, authorities said. The shooting happened after officers made an “investigative arrest” of several people around 6:50 a.m., police said.
  3. An armed robbery on a Red Line CTA train early this morning ended with four people being stabbed, including three of the attackers, police say. The attack happened around 2 a.m. as a man tried to change trains at a Near North Side station.
  4. This week’s Picture Chicago highlights the impressive work of our photographers capturing everything from Pitchfork to the Art Institute’s famous lions returning to their pedestals. Check out the must-see photos you may have missed.
  5. During the civil unrest following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, wooden planks covering business windows turned into canvases for street performers. Those panels eventually fell, but instead of being thrown away, dozens of them are now on display as part of an exhibit on the grounds of the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center.

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Lollapalooza 2022 selection: 10 artists to see at the Grant Park festival

We’re less than a week away from kicking off Lollapalooza 2022, which means it’s time for festival-goers to start putting the finishing touches on their plans for who they want to see each day.

This year marks the 16th edition of the event in the city, and organizers have pulled it all off with an eclectic mix of talent – from chart-topping pop stars to hip-hop breakouts and stalwarts of hardcore and music. thrash metal.

To help sort out the many artists, Selena Fragassi offers her top 10 acts to see, including Billy Strings, Turnstile and J-Hope.

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Billy Strings performs June 27 on “Late Night. With Seth Meyers.

Here is what Fragassi says about Billy Strings:

“Lolla bookers have consciously diversified the annual music lineup since the festival took root in Chicago 16 years ago and evolved from its early roots as a traveling rock festival. A prime example of their out-of-the-box stars is this beloved bluegrass prodigy. Billy Strings – a fitting stage name for the dexterity he brings to multiple instruments – began his career as a teenager, racking up accolades from Rolling Stone at the Newport Folk Fest for his mastery of the American style while channeling it through his own. objective rock on songs like “Dust in a Baggie”.

Learn more about other exciting artists coming to Lolla this year here.

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Yesterday we asked you: Do you support Chicago’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention? Why or why not? Here’s what some of you said…

“Yes, it’s good for the city to host high-level national events.” —Mike Dwyer

“Chicago should never host a convention again after the 1968 Democratic Convention.” –Alan Rendell

“Chicago and Democratic Conventions…What Could Go Wrong?” —Joe Medearis

“Some people here seem unaware that Chicago hosted him in 1996.”— Jean O. Anderson

“We need revenue, but I fear there is hostility and anger from the left that could overshadow our great city which is currently in turmoil under elected leadership.” —Todd Oliver

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