Burgeoning ballerinas

12/09/2009

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Hundreds of kids packed into the Chicago Cultural Center last Sunday for the city’s eighth annual Dance-Along Nutcracker. Professional ballet dancers, like Camille Poesha, taught the children how to twirl and bend to Tchaikovsky’s famous number.
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Rally on the rink

12/09/2009

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Bundled-up skaters trace designs across the ice Sunday at Millennium Park.
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Library outpost opens in Streeterville

Water Works site allows browsing, picking up online orders

12/02/2009

A newly opened branch of the Chicago Public Library is giving Streeterville residents one fewer excuse to pass up a good read. The popular library "outpost," located inside the Water Works Visitor Center at 163 E. Pearson, houses a collection of bestsellers and children’s literature, as well as a reading room outfitted with internet and library catalog access.
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No urns in Three Arts

Pitch withdrawn for columbarium in historic Gold Coast property

12/02/2009

Another development proposal for the Three Arts Club Building is dead in the ground. Earlier this week, architect Bill Bickford of Depree Bickford Associates LLC announced that he would withdraw plans to purchase the historic building and redevelop into a columbarium.
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New Near North commander

Heart of the ‘hood

12/02/2009

Meet the new boss at the 18th District: Commander Ken Angarone, who was 26 when he became a Chicago cop. Angarone hit the city streets as a patrolman in 1981, first as a tactical officer in Austin, then in field training in the Wood and Town Hall districts. Since then, he’s held a myriad of positions adding up to a whole lot of experience.
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Rescues of the week

12/02/2009

Loomis is a handsome, 2-year-old Great Pyrenees mix. Loomis is a sweet, affectionate dog who has excellent house manners! He takes direction well, loves to take long naps, cuddle and play with his toys. Loomis would do best in an adults only home.
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Worth the gamble?

Weighing the odds of a local casino

12/02/2009

For a city strapped for cash, the prospects of generating up to $1 billion and creating 60,000 new jobs seems like a sure bet. So what is this winning ticket? The nation’s first city-owned casino, said state Rep. Lou Lang, chair of the Gaming Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives.
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From the ground up

Dominic Pacyga’s new Chicago book

12/02/2009

Dominic Pacyga is an excavator of Chicago’s urban history and culture. His new book, “Chicago: A Biography,” traces the city’s history from its earliest days as a frontier trading post to the present. “My feeling has always been to look at cities from the ground up, instead of the top down,” he said.
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A place for readers

Open Books debuts a used bookstore in River North

11/25/2009

The Open Books project has helped children and adults alike get in touch with their literary sides for more than three years. The program is now starting a new chapter - bargains. Last weekend, the nonprofit venture opened a new bookstore in River North. Read More...

The losing streak

Elite panelists discuss Chicago’s status and future

11/25/2009

Chicago has been on a bit of a losing streak lately. Bounced unceremoniously from the first round of the 2016 Olympics competition, Chicago is seeing trade shows flee for Sun Belt environs, and even Oprah may soon take off for sunny Los Angeles.
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