The Daily Iowan

Businesses can reopen — but some in Iowa City are having second thoughts

Brothers patio is seen on May 15, the first day Johnson County restaurants were allowed to reopen at limited capacity.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

May 15, 2020

Iowa City businesses are split on the decision to reopen their doors after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that nearly all businesses in Iowa will be allowed to open at half capacity beginning May 15.  Johnson County had previously been one of the 22 counties where restrictions still ...

Big Grove to donate proceeds from new beer to Iowa Restaurant Association Employee Relief Fund


Marissa Smith, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

Iowa City- and Solon-based brewery and restaurant Big Grove Brewery is set to donate proceeds from its newest beer to a relief fund for out-of-work Iowans. Funds from the new beer, called “All Together”, will go to the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Employee Relief Fund, designed to help ...

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 11, 2020

Community pushback to converting one of Iowa City’s “skinned infield” ball parks to turf grass is prompting an Iowa City city councilor to look into restoring the field. Between Brown Street Historic District and Oakland Cemetery on the northside of Iowa City, Happy Hollow Park is known...

UI student governments ask Iowa City to forgive utilities for unemployed students, residents


Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate and Professional Student Government wrote a joint letter April 29 asking the Iowa City City Council to consider forgiving utility fees for unemployed students and residents, amid financial uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic. The lette...

Downtown Block Party changed, Summer of the Arts programming cancelled due to COVID-19

Emmy Knutsson reaches for bubbles at the silent disco during Block Party in downtown Iowa City on June 22, 2019. Several blocks of Iowa City were reserved for games, performances and vendors.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

May 1, 2020

Summer in Iowa City is going to look a little different this year.  Both the Iowa City Summer of Arts and the Iowa City Downtown District announced event changes this week to keep the community safe amid the spread of COVID-19.  The Downtown District is breaking up the normally massive Downtown Block Party, whi...

Local parks departments discuss fate of summer programs, safety measures amid COVID-19 spread

The Robert A Lee Community Center is seen on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

With summer around the corner, local Parks and Recreation departments have canceled summer sports activities, and are discussing options for other summer youth and recreation programs. Iowa City Parks and Recreation will still have its summer day camp program for school-aged children since it se...

Food With Love project aims to serve freshly prepared meals to Johnson County residents in need

Table to Table program Assistant Andrew Winkers oversees a delivery from St. Burch Tavern for the Food with Love Program on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The program supplies hot meals to shelters in Iowa City while reimbursing the resterants that participate.

Marissa Smith, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa City restaurants are partnering with nonprofit food pantries and the Community Foundation of Johnson County to provide freshly prepared meals to those experiencing food insecurity amid community spread of the virus. Former Iowa kicker and NFL player Nate Kaeding and Deluxe Cakes and Pastr...

Iowa’s Ride cancels first statewide bike ride

Bicycles are seen in Solon during the Big Rove bicycle event on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The route, which is part of the RAGBRAI training series, was 36 miles long starting in Iowa City with stops in North Liberty and Solon.

Lauren White, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa’s Ride has canceled its inaugural bike ride across Iowa to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Iowa’s Ride, created in October by former RAGBRAI staffers, was scheduled for July 12-18 to go through eight towns across Iowa, but the team decided it would be in the best interest of riders and vo...

As Iowa’s bars and restaurants close, Hawkeyes are drinking from home

The wine aisle at Bread Garden Market is seen in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

April 23, 2020

It was around 4 p.m. on a rainy Tuesday afternoon when I held the Kum & Go door open for a college-aged man holding a half-dozen cans of Four Loko, a caffeinated, liquor-infused concoction that remains a favorite among college students. “Stocking up?” I asked. “Yeah, man,” he re...

Congolese Health Partnership creates multilingual video series to educate immigrants, refugees on COVID-19

Alka Walter poses for a potrait in front of the UI Health Care Iowa River Landing East Clinic on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Walter is a clinical assistant professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine and serves as the Congolese Health Partnership co-chair.

Will Fineman, News Reporter

April 22, 2020

An Iowa-based health partnership created multilingual video series to help inform immigrants and refugees about COVID-19 and curtail the spread of misinformation. The videos were produced by the Congolese Health Partnership, a collaborative effort established three years ago by University of Io...

Iowa City community reacts to Pride celebrations across the globe moving online

A crowd member watches the royalty show in Iowa City during the pride weekend on June 15, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 21, 2020

After the cancellation of Pride events this summer, Iowa City and University of Iowa LGBTQ organizations are planning to move their celebrations online. Iowa City Pride canceled its in-person summer festivities in an announcement on Monday, but the organization’s leaders plan to join peer organ...

After 27 years, Iowa City party destination Union Bar to close its doors

The Union Bar is seen on Thursday, April 9, 2020. After 27 years of operation, the party spot, described as

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

April 10, 2020

Since 1993, generations of students have filtered through the doors of The Union Bar in Iowa City, located at 121 E. College St. But after a 27-year run, the party spot known for its bright lights, boisterous music, and crowds of Hawkeyes has closed its doors. Famous for its live music, birth...