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Change to Spare? Change a Life: Being Homeless in Chicago

Change to Spare? Change a Life: Being Homeless in Chicago

via YouTube Craig Key, 50, is homeless. He grew up on Chicago’s south side in the Lakefront and Rainbow Beach area. Three weeks ago, after governmental grant money was cut, he was laid off from his job at the Chicago Park District. He was first hired there in December 2009 after being put on work […]

NBA Lockout Upsets Local Fans

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ChicagoTalks asks local basketball fans about the NBA lockout, and most aren’t happy about it.

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Goodman Play Tweaks Online Crowd with a Twist on Miss Lonelyhearts

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Goodman Play Tweaks Online Crowd with a Twist on Miss Lonelyhearts

A new play that pokes fun at the online, wired community is opening at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago next week as part of a program that gives playwrights a chance to create and showcase fresh works in front of an audience. Ask Aunt Susan, a play written by Seth Bockley will open at 7:30 […]

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Albany Park Haven for Americanized Lebanese Restaurant

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Albany Park Haven for Americanized Lebanese Restaurant

Tan walls lined with decorative hanging rugs and mirrors trace the perimeter of Semiramis. Two long couches with patterned cushions and pillows add a homey feel to this Lebanese restaurant located at 4639 N. Kedzie Ave. in Albany Park. Owner Joseph Abraham takes phone orders, cooks or goes into the restaurant to wait on or […]

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Local Groups Push for Veterans’ Rights

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Local Groups Push for Veterans’ Rights

  As local veterans groups work to help the growing number of jobless and homeless military service members, political leaders in Washington continue to debate what kind of help to offer. “It is a good step for veterans who are able to work, but the job plan doesn’t help the disabled,” said Ray Parrish, of […]

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