The Non-Traditional Diner

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Admit it, there are some of us who do not look forward to the holidays. Specifically, holiday dinners. Some of us will not eat roast beast and some cannot eat stuffing or the delicious-smelling desserts. My family has a potluck for holiday meals (There are a lot of us.), and it's often a challenge coming up […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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Grin and Bear It through the Holidays

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Ah, it's the time of year that your phone lights up with calls and texts about holiday plans—an argument or two may even ensue. Your partner is not thrilled to spend another Christmas with your crazy clan that's called family and you're even less elated to sit through another dinner featuring Aunt Gertrude's green bean casserole […]

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Holiday Party du Jour: Ideas to Spruce Up Your Holiday Gathering

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Have you ever been to one of those holiday parties where you wondered—who are these people? And how did they ever find the time to do this anyway? The decadent food, the bling decor and the hors d’oeuvres look like they came straight out of a high society magazine. Well, you too can be the […]

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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Concerts at Harold Washington Library Center

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Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some festive tunes at our 10th annual lunchtime concert series! This year's performances feature a diverse array of classic and contemporary melodies. All concerts take place at noon in the Harold Washington Library Center Grand Lobby. Schedule of Performances Tuesday, December 2 Jones College Prep High School Concert Choir conducted by […]

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Spark Your Independence

Fireworks

With a pop, sizzle and boom the 4th of July announces itself every year. American’s love their independence and celebrate it every year with parades, picnics and, of course, fireworks. What is the science behind these colorful loud presentations that we all love so much? Susan Kuklin does a bang up job of explaining this […]

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Learn About Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is one of the most iconic Mexican holidays, recognized and celebrated both in Mexico and here in the United States. However, many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Mexican Independence Day represents the separation of Mexico from Spanish dominion, while Cinco de Mayo marks a battle that helped […]

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Celebrate Pi Day

Pie with the letter pi formed on the crust

March is here, and it's time to party! Is it Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day or March Madness, you say? While those events usually occur in March, I'm talking about a different holiday. Get out your calculators—it's time to celebrate Pi Day! What's that, you may ask? Think back to geometry class... Pi is a […]

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American Presidents on DVD

Lincoln Memorial
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In February, we celebrate President's Day as a national holiday. Much has been written and recorded about our chief executives, especially on film. Throughout American history, our presidents were in the forefront of issues facing our nation.  Founding Fathers (2000 TV-Mini-Series), with a cast including Brian Dennehy as George Washington, James Woods as John Adams, […]

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