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It’s Slam Time!

It’s Slam Time!

Silence fills the room as all eyes are on center stage. A poet is under the hot spotlight as the jazz band plays music of the poet’s choice. The clanking bottles at the bar disturb the atmosphere as the poet prepares to perform. The poet begins, and when it’s over the crowd cheers. It’s open […]

Dubstep sweeping the nation

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Dubstep sweeping the nation

When John Keane browsed the schedule for this summer’s music festivals he was less than excited. Dubstep artists had made their way onto the big-stage at rock concerts. While the summer is normally his favorite time because many great artists come to Chicago to play in the big festivals, the 19-year-old hates what dubstep has […]

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Chicago Gets Cultural

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Chicago Gets Cultural

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to be the next cultural hot spot. The city has decided to update the cultural plan created 26 years ago during Mayor Harold Washington’s administration. “We want residents and community leaders to help shape a plan that will guide the City’s cultural growth and to reinforce Chicago as a global […]

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Social Media Helps Uptown Residents Stay Safe, Knowledgeable

In Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Donte Gilliam was walking to his job with the CTA when he was suddenly confronted by a man. On the corner of Lawrence and Kenmore, five guys surrounded him; four of them had guns. Uptown (Photo credit: Alex Barth) “The guy asked me what I was doing. I told him I was […]

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Domestic Violence: An endless cycle of power and control

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Domestic Violence: An endless cycle of power and control

Nikki Lupino says she wore makeup to the first grade — Not because she wanted to feel like a princess, but because her mother told her to. Lupino often bore scratches and bruises all over her body from fights in her home the night before. She was sent to school with a whisper from her […]

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You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

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You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Statues of Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion and other characters from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” are featured in Oz Park on Chicago’s North Side. Created by sculptor John Kearney, the park is a little-known jewel visited by neighbors, children, and dog owners. Established in 1967 in the Lincoln Park area, its 13 […]

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Flowers in bloom at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

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Flowers in bloom at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

The Lincoln Park Conservatory‘s annual Spring Flower Show started Jan. 22 and will continue through May 8. The conservatory was designed not only to showcase hundreds of exotic plants but also to grow and maintain thousands of flowers needed for parks around the city. The Palm House, more then 45 feet long, is the centerpiece […]

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