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27th Annual Polish Film Festival Brings Together Polish Americans

27th Annual Polish Film Festival Brings Together Polish Americans

Karolina Bielawska, the filmmaker of the documentary “Call Me Marianna,” showcased her film in the annual Polish Film Festival that took place last month in Chicago.  The film is about Marianna, a transgender woman who sues her parents to obtain a sex reassignment and spotlights the sacrifices a transgender person has to make to be his or […]

Town Hall Examines Teen Mental Health

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Town Hall Examines Teen Mental Health

As a child, Kelvin Roston Jr. never invited any friends over to his house. He wasn’t anti-social and he had friends, but his mother had a mental illness and he wasn’t sure how guests would react to her. Beyond the feelings of others, Roston didn’t know how to navigate his own feelings about his mother. […]

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Uptown Residents Use Positive Loitering to Take Back Streets

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Uptown Residents Use Positive Loitering to Take Back Streets

Residents in the city’s North Side neighborhood of Uptown have launched a new campaign designed to counter panhandlers, street crime and prostitution. They call it Positive Loitering. Positive Loitering is designed to eradicate pubic occurrences of what they call “negative loitering” in the gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. The Uptown Chicago Commission sponsors the program along with […]

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New Pride Parade Rules to be Tested as Community Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling

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New Pride Parade Rules to be Tested as Community Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling

Against the backdrop of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision Friday that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade will kick off this weekend in the Lakeview neighborhood and residents can expect an especially raucous and prideful celebration. Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the court’s swing vote, broke […]

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Media and Law Enforcement Gather for Panel on Fraud

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Media and Law Enforcement Gather for Panel on Fraud

After undergoing surgery a few years ago, Jennifer Leach received a call claiming she overpaid her hospital bill and was eligible to receive compensation. It ended up being a scam and Leach said she is grateful she was able to recognize it as such. “I almost fell for it,” she said. Now Leach, who is […]

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The 44th Walk & Roll Chicago Attracts Thousands Despite Weather

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The 44th Walk & Roll Chicago Attracts Thousands Despite Weather

Despite the rain, wind and cold, 2,500 people turned out to Soldier Field last week to participate in the American Cancer Society’s 44th Walk & Roll Chicago, which this year raised nearly half a million dollars for cancer research. The event hosted 229 teams and included a 5k walk or run, 10K skate and a […]

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Vinyl Collectors Flock to CHIRP Record Fair

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Vinyl Collectors Flock to CHIRP Record Fair

Music and intense scuffling filled the Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington Ave. in West Town on Saturday, April 11. The hall was taken over by vinyl music lovers of all ages for the 13th annual CHIRP Radio Record Fair, hosted by CHIRP radio, the local indie music station. The fair offered more than just […]

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