Join CPL at the 2017 ChiTeen Lit Fest Open House!

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Calling all educators, teachers, community/neighborhood representatives and publishers. Come learn about how you can get involved and help support the 2017 ChiTeen Lit Fest at our Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. October 12 at the Chicago Literary Alliance. Through teen-led discussion/activity stations, we hope Open House attendees will gain a better understanding of what's […]

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Observe Banned Books Week with Events, Recommended Reads

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Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week from September 25 to October 1. Join us for special events at libraries around the city, and check out some of our reading recommendations for teens. This year's theme is Diversity, and we're showcasing all the fascinating perspectives you can find in our city and our world. Why do […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Back of the Yards Teens

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This year we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Teens from Back of the Yards YOUmedia visited The Plant, an innovative food production space designed to be a net-zero, closed loop system that includes a brewery, bakery, aqua farm and mushroom farm. Alan E., Angel P., Benito C., Cristian N., Emmanuel J., Eric R., […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Alexis

Mural in Pilsen
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This year we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Alexis R. took photographs of the murals in her favorite Chicago neighborhood, Pilsen. Alexis' Story: I went around my neighborhood, Pilsen, which is the best place you could ever go. I've lived in Pilsen for the past five years and I'm still finding new and […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Jazlin

Cloud Gate Statue in Millennium Park
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This year we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Jazlin G. went to Millennium Park and took in the sights and sounds. Jazlin's Story: Have you ever visited Millennium Park? This past week I took a trip to visit and there was so much there. There was a waterfall wall that had a picture […]

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Reduce Stress with Mindfulness

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It's easy to remember to eat and sleep, but sometimes it isn't so easy to remember to take care of our bodies and minds. While we're on the topic of self-care, I've been listening to a bunch of podcasts and reading a lot of books about mindfulness, which seems like a trendy buzzword—but there's a good reason for […]

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Spoken Word Inspiration

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If you dream about going onstage and becoming a slam poet, check out this list of recommendations to help you develop your skills as a performance artist. Take the Mic contains everything you need to know about writing, performing and building a career as a slam poet. Get inspired by reading and listening to the poetry of many […]

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Teen Chicago Travel Guide: Featuring Weronika

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This year we spotlight teen voices in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide. Weronika P. visited the Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo and checked out the Great Bear Wilderness. Weronika's Story: During the weekend I went to Brookfield Zoo with my family. Something that really caught my attention was the grizzly bears in the water. They looked so […]

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Boulevards and Byways: YA Road Trips

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Dreaming of an epic getaway? Check out these road trip stories and soon enough, you'll be speeding down the open highway with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. In The Museum of Intangible Things, Hannah and Zoe have never had much except for each other. So when Zoe decides she needs to get out of […]

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Chicago Air and Water Show

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There's something about the Chicago Air and Water Show that is both thrilling and terrifying all at once: the skies roar, our ears pop and our stomachs lurch as pilots undertake death-defying stunts overhead. If you're the daring sort and you enjoy a thrill, then you should head to North Avenue Beach August 20 - 21 between […]

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