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(Courtesy of Chi-Town Rising)

Ring in the New Year with live music, comedy, DJ beats, burlesque and bubbly this weekend. Here are 10 parties in and around Chicago.

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Old Main Post Office (Brianbobcat / Wikimedia Commons)

The Eisenhower Expressway runs beneath the Old Main Post Office, causing one viewer to wonder which came first. Geoffrey Baer delves into the history of these interlinked landmarks in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Chicago Tonight visits a little shop in Chicago for a look at how to rejuvenate pitched percussion instruments – and to get a history lesson in concert tuning.

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A Chicago master of blues and boogie-woogie piano joins us in conversation and performance.

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Sophia, a 35-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth to a female ape on Dec. 20. (Chicago Zoological Society)

The newborn female Bornean orangutan joins five other orangutans living at the Brookfield Zoo.

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Longtime religion reporter Kenneth Woodward tells the story of how American religion, culture and politics influenced each other in his latest book. 

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Dwight Neal (left) and Shari Addison perform in “The Other Cinderella.” (Credit: Michael Courier)

With an abundance of theatrical magic on Chicago-area stages this season, Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss gives her take on five plays.

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For Chicago’s municipal workers, the Christmas of 1904 was shaping up to be a sorry one indeed. The city was so broke it couldn’t pay municipal employees. But three days before Christmas, Santa Claus himself emerged from City Hall to save the workers’ Christmas. Well – kind of.

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Illinois' population declined in 2016 for the third straight year, losing more people than any other state in the union. The drop of more than 37,000 people leaves Illinois with a population just north of 12.8 million.

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The actress, famous for her role as Princess Leia, died Tuesday morning at the age of 60.

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Damien Mander (Courtesy of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation)

Meet a former elite soldier from Australia who is now using his special set of skills to combat poaching in Africa.

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Bold paintings from the 1920s, plus photographs and industrial design: A new show looks at an international artist who made a big impression in Chicago.

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Cardinal Blase Cupich talks with us about his elevation to that position, the challenges facing Chicago, and how the church can better serve the community.

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(Photo by Andy Goodwin)

Singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks joins us in discussion and performance of two songs that could win Grammy Awards in February.

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Nelson Algren sitting beneath a viaduct in Chicago. (Library of Congress)

He was a literary giant who chronicled the seedy side of the city. We talk with the author of a new biography about Chicago writer Nelson Algren.

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(Cheryl Mann / Joffrey Ballet)

Backstage at the Joffrey Ballet before the recent launch of the all-new “Nutcracker” set in Chicago.