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User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 23, 2017 6:30 PM (UTC)
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Grant Brown recalls a distinct reaction when his wife, Carolyn, told him about her ambitious dream to open a restaurant. ⠀⠀
But not just any restaurant. Carolyn, who is pictured in the center of the first image, wanted it to be a nonprofit, community-building establishment where customers paid what they decided they could afford.⠀⠀
“I thought she was nuts,” he said on a recent Tuesday afternoon. “I’d never heard of such a thing.”⠀⠀
Almost eighteen months later, Carolyn’s restaurant, The Kitchen Table, is financially healthy enough that she recently created a “benevolent fund” to help those in need pay for groceries, medication, utility bills, even car payments. ⠀⠀
This week at the restaurant, which is about 80 miles west of Chicago, Brown and her core crew of a half-dozen volunteer cooks prepared an early Thanksgiving feast for about 175 people. Her husband joked that it was the only place he could get his wife’s best cooking. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune | @briancassella) #Thanksgiving
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 22, 2017 8:52 PM (UTC)
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The appearance of sandhill cranes, pictured near Medaryville, Indiana on Nov. 17, is happening with increased frequency across northern Illinois, part of a widespread regional recovery.⠀

Once nearly vanished from the Midwest, sandhill cranes have bounced back and returned by the thousands. The population is booming. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 22, 2017 1:04 AM (UTC)
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Community activist Diane Latiker, center, laughs as she helps distribute food to hundreds of Chicago area residents during the 10th annual "Feed a Teen" community Thanksgiving dinner in the city's Roseland neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (@thesprawlstory | Lou Foglia/ Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 21, 2017 10:27 PM (UTC)
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On Nov. 20, Nevest Coleman, center, walked out of Hill Correctional Center a free man after having been behind bars for almost 23 years. Coleman and Darryl Fulton were sentenced to life in prison two decades ago for a brutal 1994 rape and murder they have long denied committing. Recent DNA testing indicates they may be innocent. A Cook County judge last week agreed to free both Chicago men and grant them new trials. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 20, 2017 7:16 PM (UTC)
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Stagehand Joe Tucker sets up conductor Riccardo Muti's stand ahead of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's performance at Lane Tech High School on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Chicago. ⠀

Though the performance itself is rare, the orchestra has a long history with Lane — in 1929, the director of the CSO assisted in the development of the school’s first music program, and many Lane musicians have found their way onto the CSO roster. (@mandophotos | Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 17, 2017 11:49 PM (UTC)
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In its fifth anniversary season, there is more candlepower than ever at “Illumination,” the Morton Arboretum's mile-long walk through festooned foliage. There are even, in a new feature this year, wearable LED medallions that make visitors part of the show. The light show opened to the public today and will be open through Jan. 1. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 17, 2017 7:30 PM (UTC)
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Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is the subject of a new play, “No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks." Produced by Manual Cinema, “No Blue Memories” was written by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall, both of Young Chicago Authors fame, from a commission by the Poetry Foundation. The play touches on her character, love of language and a legacy that has never dimmed with a combination of intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow and an original score. ⠀

Performances of “No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” will be held this weekend in the Harold Washington Library’s Pritzker Auditorium. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 16, 2017 11:35 PM (UTC)
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An African penguin jumps into the water in the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo on Nov. 15, 2017. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) #lincolnparkzoo #africanpenguin
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 16, 2017 9:12 PM (UTC)
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Today, the Chicago Tribune Instagram reached a milestone: 100K followers! We’re looking forward to sharing more images and videos with you from throughout Chicagoland, and we want to thank you for following along. To commemorate our milestone, here are some of our top images from Tribune photo staff on Instagram. #TBT
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 14, 2017 12:02 AM (UTC)
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For months, the Pioneer Press, part of Chicago Tribune, has explored the problem of student anxiety and school-related stress. Reporters spoke to students, parents, administrators and public health experts and examined school data on topics ranging from how often kids are sidestepping gym class to how many request school counseling services.
The research showed a pervasive, increasing and potentially dangerous problem that impacts every aspect of students' lives — from their emotional and physical health to their future college and career paths.
In many top-performing schools, students and experts describe an atmosphere of intense, sometimes disabling, pressure connected with test scores, college admissions and AP course loads.

For part one of this three-part series, click the link in the bio.
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 11, 2017 2:42 AM (UTC)
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Chicago Bulls VIP fans record the moment as the team, including center Robin Lopez, run to the court before facing the Indiana Pacers at the United Center in Chicago on Friday night. Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune #robinlopez #dabulls #chicagobulls #indianapacers #pacers #vipfans #vans @chicagobulls
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 10, 2017 8:57 PM (UTC)
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A child and other riders of a Chicago Trolley look at snow along Solidarity Drive on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. @bzdak photo #snow #frozen #letitsnow
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 8, 2017 5:29 PM (UTC)
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Former president Barack Obama waves to people gathered in front of his Kenwood neighborhood home in Chicago before heading to jury duty at the Daley Center on Nov. 8, 2017. Although he’s the only would-be juror with a Secret Service detail, Obama will be paid the same rate, $17.20 a day. Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune
@alyssapointerphoto #obama #barackobama #kenwoodneighborhood #juryduty @barackobama @dixie
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 6, 2017 11:11 PM (UTC)
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Brilliant red fall leaves line the bike path just south of Chicago's Shedd Aquarium Monday Nov. 6, 2017. Nancy Stone photo. #fall #autumn #autumnleaves
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 3, 2017 9:34 PM (UTC)
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Chase Thilleman, who was first in line to purchase the new iPhone X, comes out of the Apple store on Michigan Ave. holding his new phone as people waiting in line cheer on Nov. 3, 2017. Tilleman arrived before noon on Nov. 2 to wait in for the new phone to be released. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune)
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:42 PM (UTC)
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Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — is a Mexican holiday celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 each year to honor the lives and memories of deceased loved ones. ElevArte’s annual Muertos de la Risa, a community procession, was held Thursday in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Many in attendance painted their faces with traditional ornate skulls for the celebration. Here are some faces by Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune @malarchy #Chicago #Pilsen #dvorakpark #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 2, 2017 10:21 PM (UTC)
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Watch out below! Paco Valentina, left, and Jorge Padilla paint newly refurbished train tracks as a train passes overhead on Wabash Street in downtown Chicago Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017. Nancy Stone photo. #trains #cta #Chicago
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 1, 2017 11:22 PM (UTC)
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Macy's window artist Corina Dougherty works on one of the holiday windows titled "Love" at Macy's on State Street. Macy's is preparing Christmas decorations this week, including window displays and the huge Christmas tree in the Walnut Room. Nancy Stone photo #christmas #christmasspirit
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:50 PM (UTC)
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Former First Lady @michelleobama, left, thanks poet Elizabeth Alexander with applause following their talk on a stage at the Marriott Marquis during the second day of the @obamafoundation summit, Wednesday, November 1, 2017. During her session, much of Obama’s conversation was about how her parents, especially her mother, continue to influence her decisions and how she carries herself. She stayed true to the themes she has talked about before: surrounding herself with good girlfriends who make her laugh, the importance of parents advocating for their children, and spending time with children during her time in the White House. She said the summit was filling her with inspiration. “Hope is right in this room,” she said. “This summit, all of you here, the conversations, your voices, your missions, the goals … the possibilities you all have to be leaders in the world. I can sleep better after this because it’s not just happening here, it’s happening around the world.” @alyssapointerphoto
User Image chicagotribune Posted: Oct 31, 2017 4:03 PM (UTC)
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The "Book of Magical Charms," which dates to the 1600s, arrived at the Newberry Library in 1988, bundled with some old medical texts. The book wasn’t signed, and nobody knew who had written it. For years it existed as a curiosity, a mysterious antique without authorship. They posted its 117 pages online this spring for help deciphering its contents. Some of its charms: ⠀

Doth ye a toothache? “Take a tooth out of a deadman’s skull and hange the same about the partie’s neck ...” ⠀

Lost ye voice? “Dip 5 Sage leaves in mustard, lay them under his tong, closing his mouth agayn. This will cause him to speake ...” (Only do this, the spell warns, if the ailing soul is still alive.) ⠀

Since May, the book has been read on the library’s website more than 300,000 times and every page was transcribed and translated and many of the most active translators have been self-identified witches and warlocks. Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune @pvelasquez52 #newberry #newberrylibrary #magicalcharms #charms
#robertashley #kindofspooky