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Chicago daily roundup: Supply chain woes affect Christmas gifts, vaccines for kids by Nov, White Sox are out, and more

Jennifer Geer

(CHICAGO) Welcome to the daily roundup on this sunny (for now) Wednesday, October 13. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine while you can. Rain is expected later this afternoon.

Let's dive right in for today's top stories.

It’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Stress, delays on global supply chain leave businesses scrambling

The country is facing a supply shortage on almost everything, which will affect Christmas shopping in Illinois. Shortages of goods mean holiday gifts like electronics, clothing, and toys, ingredients for holiday meals, and even Christmas decorations could be hard to find this season.

What's the issue? Currently, 100 cargo ships are sitting off the California coast filled with supplies. But transporting the products from the ships to the rest of the country has been challenging since toilet paper shortages rocked the start of the pandemic.

Illinois told to prepare to vaccinate young children by November, White House says

The Biden administration has purchased 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, which they hope to distribute soon. The White House has notified Gov. Pritzker to get ready to start vaccinating children age five and older by early November.

The government is waiting on the FDA for final approval of the vaccine for kids aged 5 to 12.

White Sox fans come out in force for playoffs, leave with mixed emotions after loss ends season: ‘Our future is really bright’
Chicago Guaranteed Rate Field (April 2021)(Joshua Mellin/

In sports, the White Sox were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon. It was a dismal score of 10-1.

Despite the disappointing loss, some fans are looking on the bright side. David, of Gage Park, told the Chicago Sun-Times the Sox, "brought a lot of great joy to me from what happened last year to now this and that, it brings me pride to my city and where I’m from, the part of town I’m from. I’ve loved it." He continued, “With all the stuff we’re going through, the crime and the pandemic … it feels good to have something to root for. I’m a proud South Sider, born and raised here.”

Preview: Blackhawks open 2021-22 season against Avalanche

And with one season over, a new one begins. Hockey is here. The Chicago Blackhawks have their season opener tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

Ramova Theater in Bridgeport, a ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ readies for its comeback after decades of sitting empty

Ramova Theater has sat empty for over 30 years, but that is about to change. A restoration project totaling $28 million will turn the dilapidated property into an entertainment venue, restaurant, and brewery.

Deborah Lessner, who grew up near the theater, told Block Club Chicago, “I’m so excited. It’s been ages. It was such a shame to watch it go to waste. Do you know how many of us had our first kiss in this theater?”

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Jennifer covers lifestyle content and local news for the Chicago area. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa.

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