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Chicago Noir 2: The 1970s

Michael Raleigh, author of the Paul Whelan mysteries, has written what will hopefully be the start of a new series set in 1970s Chicago. Peerless Detective follows Billy Fox, a vet from small-town Michigan, to Chicago in search of an old girlfriend. In a series of events, he ends up apprenticing in a detective firm, […]

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Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

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It's hard to believe, but the ever-youthful and charming Dame Julie Andrews is celebrating her 80th birthday on October 1. Her incredible career has spanned many decades, and as the saying goes, she's not just getting older, she's getting better! I will never forget seeing her as the feisty nanny in Mary Poppins. The story of a […]

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Newspapers, Old and New, Available at CPL

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The first newspaper printed in the British colonies in America appeared on September 25, 1690—325 years ago this month. Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, which was supposed to come out monthly, was shut down by the government four days later, so only one issue was published. The Boston News-Letter had better luck when it started […]

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It’s Oktoberfest: Celebrate with German Food and Beer!


The world's largest beer festival is celebrated in Munich from late September through the first weekend of October. Here are a few titles to help you mark this glorious occasion. Julia Skowronek's Biergarten Cookbook has great recipes for roast pork, cheese spaetzle, dumplings, and traditional Bavarian desserts and cakes.BibWidget For newbies who prefer a modern and […]

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North Michigan Avenue aka the Magnificent Mile

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Today people come from all over the world to shop on North Michigan Avenue. ZIP code 60611, which includes North Michigan Avenue, has more people employed in retail trade and “accommodations and food service” than any other Chicago ZIP code. In 1909 Chicago’s streets were renumbered, and technically all of Michigan Avenue north of Monroe […]

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