Trip Includes Stop in Chicago, Expected to Take 3 Years

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(Courtesy Mikah Meyer)

When most people visit a National Park Service site, they visit the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. Not many realize that there are more than 400 National Park Service sites. But that’s one thing Mikah Meyer hopes to change as he travels cross-country visiting all 412 of those sites.

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Chicago's first Protected Bike Lane on Kinzie Street. (Chicago Bicycle Program / Flickr)

Four cyclists have been killed this summer in Chicago. Wednesday night, another was struck in a hit-and-run in the Loop. Join us for a discussion on bike safety with the advocacy director for the  Active Transportation Alliance.

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Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Brendan Dassey, whose confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was depicted in the wildly popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” may be released from prison by Thanksgiving. We hear from his post-trial attorney on the judge's ruling.

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A wave of swimmers start their race in Lake Michigan at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon. (Courtesy of Transamerica Chicago Triathlon)

Cheer on Chicago athletes, shop for fall accessories, take in an outdoor movie, sip sangria on a sprawling lawn, run through mud, watch dashing dogs and more this weekend.

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Grant Wood, “American Gothic,” 1930. (Friends of American Art Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago)

It has been said that the Great Depression was the best thing that ever happened to American artists. A new exhibition looks at how artists of the 1930s applied their diverse visions to the American dream during this time of immense change.

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District provided 500 rain barrels for the environmental organization Faith in Place to distribute. (Ramont Bell)

Free barrels for collecting rainwater are being distributed to South and West Side communities prone to flash flooding.

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The South Shore Drill Team performs at the 2015 Englewood Back to School Parade. (Courtesy of Nicole Vaughn)

For the 54th year, the Englewood Back to School Parade celebrates education and pride on the South Side. 

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Watching a slow motion replay of a violent football tackle or surveillance video of a fatal robbery can cause viewers to perceive the action as more intentional, according to a new study. (Pixabay)

Watching a slow-motion replay of a violent football tackle or surveillance video of a fatal robbery can cause viewers to perceive the action as more intentional, according to a new study.

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"Uomo Mangiato Tigre (Man Eating Tiger)" by Wasalu Jaco (Lupe Fiasco). (Courtesy of Ed Paschke Art Center)

Chicago native Wasalu Jaco is a Renaissance man of sorts. Most people know him as Lupe Fiasco, a sharp-tongued rapper and music producer. But next month, another side of his creativity will be on display at the Ed Paschke Art Center.

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Our latest cocktail, inspired by Chicago boss William Dawson, brings north and south together with the sweet peaches of Dawson’s ancestral Georgia and the Irish whiskey of Chicago’s rough politics.

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Kevin Bacon at a Young Chicago Authors event on Thursday.

We hear from actor Kevin Bacon about helping out a group of young Chicago authors known as the Bomb Squad.

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Reporter Peter Nickeas at work in October 2013. (Courtesy Chicago magazine)

Three straight years of overnights, reporting on violence: Crime reporter Peter Nickeas on how that work changed him–and why he doesn't want to stop covering violence.

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Take in the high-flying sights at this weekend's annual Chicago Air and Water Show. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Turn your eyes to the skies for this weekend's annual air show, explore Bronzeville galleries, hear global rhythms in Albany Park, take in a film festival, ogle Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park and more.

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A bighead carp (U.S. Geological Survey / Flickr). Inset: An Asian carp burger at Asian Carp Grill 2015. (Margaret Frisbie)

Adventurous eaters concerned about Asian carp entering the Great Lakes will have a chance to devour the invasive fish at a special event held along the Chicago River next week.

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Geoffrey Baer tracks down answers for three questions about Chicago's bygone streetcar heyday in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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"Designs for Living" article in July 1961 Playboy magazine issue. (Courtesy of Elmhust Art Museum)

We revisit an exhibition in suburban Elmhurst that examines how Playboy exposed its readers to new concepts in architecture and design.