Historical Holiday Treats

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 some holiday treats from years past in Special Collections. The recipe compilers of The Old Town Dawn Until Dawn Cookbook perhaps best sum up our collective experience in their introduction…
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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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Top Picks: Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, the Canadian-born singer and songwriter, turns 75 on November 7. Her career spans 50-plus years and covers a wide variety of musical genres, from folk to pop to jazz.   A winner of multiple Grammy awards across several categories, Mitchell considers herself "a painter derailed by circumstances," according to the 2017 biography Reckless Daughter. However, the world sees her as…
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We Are Still Here: A New Generation of Native Americans Demands Your Attention

A new wave of Native American writers and artists are creating works that reflect the realities of what it means to be Native American today. Up-and-coming authors Tommy Orange and Tommy Pico have moved off reservations to urban settings where, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute, 70 percent of Native American and Native Alaskans…
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