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(Jay Shefsky / Chicago Tonight)

The company started by two Viennese immigrants in 1893 makes more than 100 million sausages each year at its Chicago plant. We take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the sausage is made. 

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Scenes from the New Venture Challenge held Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Courtesy of Matt Marton)

The “Shark Tank” of the University of Chicago awards some big money to young entrepreneurs. Meet two of the newly minted Polsky prize winners.

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DJ Casper of “Cha-Cha Slide” fame. (Chicago Tonight)

Meet the South Side native whose line dance became a worldwide phenomenon.

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They’re round, flat and hold some of your favorite fillings. We visit the Chicago-area factories where tortillas and pitas are made.

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Horween Leather has some high-profile clients. And if you’re a sports fan, chances are you’ve seen their work at play.

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Chicago has a style of magic? It does. We check out a North Side lounge that aims to recreate the spirit of Chicago-style close-up magic.

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Fans can a buy a shout-out from Dennis Rodman for $1,000 on Cameo.

Are selfies the new autograph? A local company connects celebrities with their fans through personalized videos.

Picturing Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and More

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Portrait of Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) at his home during an interview with Mike Bloomfield, Chicago, Illinois, 1964. Raeburn Flerlage image, colorized.

His photographs captured a key moment in time. A new exhibition looks at the history and legacy of the Chicago blues through the lens of Raeburn “Ray” Flerlage.

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Matt Binns is equal parts artist, inventor and businessman. We visit his workshop to see how his company’s custom-made globes are constructed.

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The Bollweevils pose after a rehearsal in a Northwest Side basement. From left: Pete Mittler, Daryl Wilson, Ken Fitzner, Pete Mumford. (Jay Shefsky / Chicago Tonight)

The story of one local punk band whose members’ lives have gone in some surprising directions.  

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(Credit: Get it Got)

A year after launching their business making jeans in a Garfield Park factory, things are starting to look a little different at Dearborn Denim. We go for a look.

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Many immigrant communities in Chicago formed ethnic clubs to help maintain their traditions. One such club has celebrated the German tradition of Karneval for over a century. We take a look.

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We have some fun on a bun in commercial bakeries that make the bread for two iconic Chicago foods.

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Ralph Frese in 2012 (Octane Rich Media)

The new film “Mr. Canoe” chronicles the life of Ralph Frese, a world-famous canoe-builder and conservationist who ran Chicago’s last working blacksmith shop. 

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We visit a Chicago museum that presents history in an unexpected way: as told by buttons.

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On Chicago’s West Side, an artist-run production weaving mill and a social service agency work together to weave adults with intellectual disabilities into the fabric of their community. 

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