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Chef Rick Bayless' photo for The Uplifted project. (Kentaro Yamada)

Two years ago, Park Ridge resident Kentaro Yamada began work on a series of human interest portraits – with a twist: each would include a prized possession levitating before the subject’s eyes.

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A Portage Park range takes a whack at bringing axe-throwing to Chicago.

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Simple Mills CEO and Founder Katlin Smith (Credit: Simple Mills)

“I started Simple Mills with that mission of cleaning up the inner grocery aisles and taking processed foods and making them unprocessed and out of simple, whole food ingredients that you can pronounce,” said CEO Katlin Smith.

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Emily Miller, left, and Kimberly Jung discuss their company Rumi Spice in 2015. (Courtesy of Rumi Spice)

After serving tours in Afghanistan, attending Harvard Business School and launching a global business, Emily Miller and Kimberly Jung face another, daunting challenge: pitching their company Rumi Spice to potential investors on reality TV.

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Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

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The 50th on the Lake motel was operating on Lake Shore Drive by 1958. After several transformations, it’s known today as the Lake Shore Hotel. (Courtesy of Jacob Kaplan)

For nearly a decade, the website Forgotten Chicago has documented the city’s storied past. Meet the site’s co-founder and editor, Jacob Kaplan.

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Visit a Northwest Side high school where a food science lab is growing the next generation of urban farmers.

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Jay Shefsky recounts how a local band with an unusual name caught his attention some 20 years ago. And they’re still going strong today.

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Dearborn Denim and Apparel (Chicago Tonight)

We visit a small company in Garfield Park that is hoping to revive the Chicago apparel industry with a combination of American materials and immigrant know-how. 

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Raven Smith is the youngest leadership award recipient in decades. (Courtesy of Reina Smith)

The 18-year-old founder of a Chicago clothing line will be the youngest recipient of a leadership award at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Tuesday. Meet Raven Smith and learn about her brand, Straight From The Go.

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The 90 Days, 90 Voices website features stories of immigrants and refugees in Chicago, including Hadia Zarzour. (Illustration by Daniel J. Rowell)

Inspired by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, a team of local journalists launched a website this week to tell the stories of immigrants and refugees living in Chicago.

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The Chicago History Museum partnered with Alan Rhodes to present historical events like the Valentine's Day Massacre through virtual and augmented reality. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

Last fall, 21st century technology was used to tell the story of a 20th century tragedy: the Eastland Disaster. The team behind that project is set to launch a second installment of its augmented reality app. Learn more.

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In 1971, Calvin Small and two friends started roller skating a little differently than everyone around them. It caught on. And  now, JB skating is known all over the country. 

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When Chicago barber Fred Luster created a new product for his customers in 1957, he couldn’t have known what lay ahead. A look at the history of Luster Products.

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An 83-year-old cobbler inspires a shoe repair dynasty that spans three generations.

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A remarkable new app brings us face-to-face with the 1915 Chicago tragedy.