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Raffe’s Record Riot

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Raffe’s Record Riot

On Cicero Avenue, a mannequin of Elvis Presley peers outside the window, guarding relics of a different time. That Elvis mannequin is guarding Raffe’s Record Riot. Raffe’s is a dedicated record store that has been lingering around now for 30 years and counting. Even while facing the digital future and despite business slowing down, it […]

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The War on Slacktivism

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The War on Slacktivism

Slacktivism- (n.) the delusion that your reposts actually change anything. It is easy to be an activist online. We know this. We do this. My Facebook feed is often full of my like-minded, progressive, liberal friends sharing their beliefs, from photo collages of alarming statistics to HuffPo articles that they probably only had time to […]

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Librarian at Jones College Prep wants students to read more

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Librarian at Jones College Prep wants students to read more

A South Loop high school will try to make its students read more. A presentation made during a local school council meeting on Dec. 8 by Fran Feeley, Jones College Prep’s librarian, showed that even though the school has more than 6,000 books, only 420 have been checked out this quarter. “There is a popular […]

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

Sitting in her living room in Hyde Park, Rosey Puloka makes her hands into fists, signifying anger. She starts pounding her fists on her legs in a steady motion, adding force and speed, then decreasing them until the movement slows and her fists release the tension and anger that had built up inside. Puloka, 29, […]

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Food Trucks Face Strict Laws in Chicago

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Food Trucks Face Strict Laws in Chicago

What’s a food truck supposed to do to get some business around Chicago? Apparently, a lot. A recent Cook County court decision kept in place the city’s regulations that many consider the most restrictive in the nation, according to Gabriel Wiesen, head of the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association. “Chicago has the strictest food truck […]

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Homeless Man Changes Life with Beekeeping

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Homeless Man Changes Life with Beekeeping

This time three years ago, Thad Smith was getting out of jail, charged with two felonies, and homeless.  Since then, he’s turned his life around and dedicated his life to beekeeping. Smith, 49, now runs his own beekeeping company, Westside Bee Boyz, where he keeps about 50 hives around Chicago.  They’re all across the city— […]

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CONE brings gourmet ice cream to the West Loop

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CONE brings gourmet ice cream to the West Loop

Right in the heart of Chicago’s hip West Loop neighborhood, located at 1047 W. Madison Street, sits one of the city’s most popular ice cream shops. As soon as you walk into CONE, you’re welcomed by rows and rows of homemade, handmade ice cream. Flavors such as Irish mint chip, fudgy banana, blueberry cheesecake and […]

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