Cozy Winter Reads for Teens

Winter has arrived early in Chicago. Boo! I wish we could hide under blankets until spring, but since that's not an option, these cozy winter reads will at least warm your heart.  Some books just give you the warm fuzzies. What If It's Us is the sweetest romance I've read in a long time. After Arthur…
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Historical Holiday Treats: A Taste from Special Collections

Chicagoans, the holidays are upon us! It's time to preheat the ovens, stock up on sugary sprinkles and break out the gelatin molds. Let's investigate holiday treats from years past using materials in Special Collections. The recipe compilers of The Old Town Dawn Until Dawn Cookbook perhaps best sum up our collective experience in the…
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5 Articles: Rethinking Plastic

Plastic, an ingenious and versatile solution to the demands of mass production, has become an environmental challenge of mass proportions. While swelling landfills are relatively easy to ignore, we've become increasingly aware of the threat disposable plastic poses to rivers, lake and oceans—a major source of human food supply, as well as a vital part…
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Books to Read in Flight

The ideal book to read on an airplane includes three things: traveling over vast geographical space, coming into contact with strangers and learning about fascinating cultures. Personally, the books that hit my sweet spot are those that capture global subject matters that affect humanity in different ways and that are anything but a diversion. Don't…
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Rocky Balboa and Creed Fandom

To celebrate the release of the upcoming Creed II movie on November 20, check out these films that feature underdog boxers looking for redemption in the ring. For die-hard Rocky fans, nothing says underdog like the 1976 film. Rocky Balboa is a small-time boxing club fighter who pays the bills with a part-time muscle man…
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