5 Articles: Grown-Ups Color, Too!

Over the past year or so, interest in coloring books for adults has exploded. Many trace the popularity of adult coloring to the publication to Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden, an intricate coloring book aimed at adults, published in 2013. The recent popularity of The Secret Garden led to Basford creating two other coloring books, The Enchanted…
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5 Articles: Twitter Turns 10

Social media giant Twitter turns 10 on Monday, March 21, marking a decade of changing our world in many ways—from how we keep up with friends to how we report customer service issues to how we relate to people we admire. In honor of this double-digit birthday, let's take a look at some of the latest news on…
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Based On a True Story

I love it when authors and filmmakers claim that their works are based on true stories. It usually means that the original story went through so many different versions, there's no way to tell anymore what's true and what's false. Fur trapper Hugh Glass had a string of bad luck in 1823 when, in the…
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Peeking into Van Gogh’s Bedroom

Psst, have you heard that you can peek inside Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom at the Art Institute of Chicago? Visit the exhibit to get a glimpse into the history behind this simple cozy room in the only house that Vincent ever thought of as home. Learn even more about this Post-Impressionist artist before, or after, your museum visit with these…
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Guest Blog: David Welch on Chicago: The City That Gives

David Welch teaches writing in DePaul University's English Department, where he is also the Coordinator of Literacy Outreach and Managing Editor of Big Shoulders Books. David also manages the longstanding partnership between DePaul and One Book, One Chicago. David's writing has appeared in AGNI, Indiana Review, Subtropics, and other journals. Chicago: The City That Gives by David Welch…
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Hello Spring, Adios Winter

Winter, you've been good to us this year, but we will happily say goodbye. The weather outside may already feel like spring, but spring doesn't officially start until March 19. The kids are looking forward to finally enjoying some play time outside. I'm looking forward to seeing the blooming gardens. All around the forest everyone is busy preparing for…
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Notorious RBG and the Supremes

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a look at books by or about the women who've served as Supreme Court justices. No Supreme Court justice in living memory has generated the following that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has. She's achieved almost cult-like status among liberals and progressives, particularly the young. The apex of this may be…
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Beware the Ides of March

"Beware the Ides of March," warns the Soothsayer in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, as the midpoint of the month, the Ides, approaches. This famous line foretells Caesar's murder, an historic event that took place on March 15, 44 BCE. While it's not performed often, many productions of Julius Caesar have been staged in Chicago. On…
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