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(Courtesy of the City of Chicago)

Starting next week, the Lakefront Trail will be closed between Diversey and North avenues as the project to separate the bike and pedestrian paths continues.

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The Chicago Police Department documented 72 hate crimes in 2016 – a 20-percent spike compared to 2015. That increase falls in line with hate crime upticks in other large U.S. cities, like New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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The Ottawa “Radium Girls” with Attorney Leonard Grossman. (Chicago Daily Times, courtesy of Sun-Times Media)

The author of a new book explores the lives of young factory workers exposed to radium in the 1920s.

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A gargoyle flies above the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Randolph Street. (Credit: Jeff Lassahn)

The recently installed “Flying Creatures Initiative” on the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Randolph Street is part of the city’s Year of Public Art.

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Chicago actor Jonathan Weir rehearses for the role of Jafar in “Aladdin.” (Justin Barbin / Broadway in Chicago)

A conversation with actors Anthony Murphy and Chicago’s own Jonathan Weir from the production “Aladdin.”

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James McNeill Whistler. “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother),” 1871. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 699. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

We visit the Art Institute of Chicago to find out more about the 19th century oil painting “Arrangement in Grey and Black, Number One” – commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother.” 

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More than 100 designers showcase their work when the Renegade Craft Fair pops up in Pilsen. (Courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with spring blooms, handmade designs, food trucks and more. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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H.H. Holmes

Adam Selzer, author of the new book “H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil,” joins us to discuss the latest chapter in a story that's already more than a century old.

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Geoffrey Baer explores an eccentric architect’s wacky proposal for the World’s Fair.

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Photographer Owen Deutsch

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Owen Deutsch wasn’t planning on getting back into photography. But then he discovered a new subject: birds.

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(Department of Streets and Sanitation)

The city’s neighborhood cleaning program kicked off this year with additional graffiti-removal crews and new chemical-blasting trucks.

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Craig Rex Perry grew up in Englewood and has studied and worked around the world. We catch up with him in Kenwood during a master class on cartooning – and careers.

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A view of the Great Lakes from space. (USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency / Flickr)

Issues impacting the Great Lakes and communities surrounding the massive freshwater system will be at the center of a two-day conference in Chicago starting Wednesday.

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(dailyinvention / Flickr)

New ways of producing, distributing and consuming TV shows means consumers no longer have to rush home to catch a scheduled broadcast.

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Using math to get the most bang for your buck on an overbooked flight.

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(BirdPhotos.com / Wikimedia Commons)

Why do some squirrels live in more affluent neighborhoods, while others dwell in more disadvantaged ones? WTTW's online series “Urban Nature” has the story.