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Chicago’s rapid growth in the late 19th century meant opportunities for the throngs of young, unmarried women who came to make their way in the big city. How one woman’s practical move impacted thousands for more than 100 years.

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Bronzeville rapper Sir the Baptist and L.A. indie pop band Saint Motel wil headline this year's Chi-Town Rising celebration on New Year's Eve. 

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A modest but eye-opening new exhibition features practical works of art from the collection of a scholar on American quilts.

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Cyclocross racers, including one in costume, take part in Afterglow 2011. (Steven Vance / Flickr)

Neighborhood holiday markets, outsider art, cyclocross and Jerry Seinfeld usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Why aren't Chicagoans getting on the recycling bandwagon? What city officials are doing to reverse dropping participation rates.

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A new project aims to fill a void in a news cycle that has primarily centered on the issues young men face in the city.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Parents of former Marist High School seniors claim the students are being used as “scapegoats” by the school in response to growing social media pressure and criticism over the incident.

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LADZ (John Arsenault and Adrian Gilliland), Eden #31, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the artists)

An ambitious new art exhibition looks at the cultural impact of, and creative response to, AIDS in America.

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s first snowfall came just in time for the beginning of the city’s annual winter celebration at Navy Pier.

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A fox squirrel (Toadberry / Wikimedia Commons)

Next time you see a squirrel, take a picture. That photo, along with additional location and observation data, can help Chicago researchers better understand the local urban ecosystem.

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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and leaders from religious and minority communities announce a new hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination. (Chicago Tonight)

In response to a recent surge in the number of hate crimes reported nationwide, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart has launched a hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination.

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Bill Tong (Chicago Tonight)

Growing up with a Chinese restaurant on the first floor, an extended family upstairs and a killer train set in the basement. The story behind our neighborhood Chinese lunch place.

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Sean McKeough (Christopher Andrew / Courtesy of Riot Fest)

“His drive and passion really laid the groundwork for an environment for this culture to thrive,” said Louie Mendicino, Sean McKeough’s friend of 10 years. “He created a space for people to cultivate their art.”

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(Roman Boed / Flickr)

Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of Chicago’s water and answers viewer questions about ghostly paper images haunting a South Side neighborhood and memories of a space-themed park.

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Santa swaps his sleigh for a motorcycle this weekend. Spot him along Western Avenue. (Jack Voss / Chicago Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade)

Holiday markets, an enormous motorcycle parade, World AIDS Day, Cuban rhythms and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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The Chicago Area Runners Association is hosting a free safety and self-defense seminar for runners on Thursday. (Ed Dunens / Flickr)

In light of attacks on runners earlier this fall, the Chicago Area Runners Association is hosting a free safety seminar on Thursday.