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October
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October
17

A Dancer Among the Stars

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“Many people do not see a connection between science and dance, but I consider them both to be expressions of the boundless creativity that people have to share with one another.” In 1992, when Dr. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to travel into space, she fulfilled one childhood dream while highlighting another interest—dance. More

    October
    14
    October
    14

    Latinx Muslims in Chicago

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    Chicago is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States. The community is diverse in a variety of ways—there are followers of many nationalities, ethnicities, and races from the US and around the world, members of various faith traditions, and converts and those who were raised in the faith.  For National More

      October
      08
      October
      08

      How Disaster Shaped the Modern City

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      On this day in 1871, a fire began on DeKoven Street in a barn owned by Catherine and Patrick O’Leary. Fueled by a gale-force wind, this blaze grew into the Great Chicago Fire. Advancing northward over three days, the inferno destroyed three and a half square miles in the heart of the city, leveling more More

        October
        06
        October
        06

        La Influencia de Bruce Graham

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        National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. The Chicago skyline you see today was largely influenced by a Peruvian American architect who was born in Colombia and raised in Puerto Rico. Bruce Graham worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill from 1951 to 1989, where his projects included the Inland Steel Building More

          October
          02
          October
          02

          Zum Wohl or “Zoom” Wohl?

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          In a nonpandemic world, thousands of revelers in Germany and around the world would be enjoying Oktoberfest around this time. While you may be saying “Pröst!” virtually these days, we hope you still feel the Gemächlichkeit with your loved ones. Chicago’s first substantial German community took shape in the 1850s when immigrants from Bavaria and More

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