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  • Uptown restaurant’s Hong Kong barbecue dubbed an ‘American Classic’ by James Beard Foundation

    (Viewer note: The video features scenes from a working restaurant kitchen, including butchering) CHICAGO — This duck is legendary. Sun Wah’s Hong Kong style barbecue and incredibly popular Beijing Duck Feast earned it  recognition as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation in 2018. Originally opened in 1986 by Eric and Lynda Cheng, the Uptown staple serves up a variety of comfort food, including roast pork, pork tenderloin and marinated squid, in addition to a three-course Beijing Duck Feast […]

  • Dance group stuck in standstill traffic performs on the Dan Ryan

      CHICAGO — Standstill traffic can make many people want to cry, but one group decided to grab their handkerchiefs and do a dance instead, making the most of their time as they got stuck this weekend. The Braintrust Morris Dancers and a musician from Pullman Morris & Sword were en route to a May Day performance in Pullman when they got stuck in standstill traffic on the Dan Ryan Sunday and decided to do a dance while they waited. […]

  • His mission: Build a better, more connected Chicago one block at a time

    All it takes is a hoodie and a dream. Jahmal Cole wants to build a more-connected Chicago — and world — by taking kids beyond their block and bringing strangers together through service.    CHICAGO — Jahmal Cole wanted to be the next Travel Channel star when he started My Block, My Hood, My City. His plan was to tour neighborhoods across Chicago and do the usual TV thing, touring hidden gems and his favorite neighborhood spots. “I was in […]

  • How victims of gun violence find healing in the flames of glass art

    Project FIRE combines counseling and glass blowing to give victims of gun violence a chance to heal and express themselves. CHICAGO — The tall sliding doors of a former firehouse in Streeterville stand open, letting the heat from hot kilns vent out to the bustling neighborhood. This is the home of Project FIRE, where victims of gun violence learn how to take shattered glass and melt, roll, and pull it into works of art. “Young people who wouldn’t necessarily be […]

  • 5-year-old girl wounded in afternoon shooting on the Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — A 5-year-old girl was shot in her ankle as shots rang out in the Albany Park neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to police. Police said in a statement that a male shooter began firing rounds at another male around 1:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Monticello Avenue. A bullet struck the 5-year-old girl in her ankle as she stood in a nearby gangway. The girl was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in Ravenswood. No one was in […]

  • Toyota Park to be renamed ‘SeatGeek Stadium’ for Chicago Fire’s 2019 season

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — The home of the Chicago Fire will lose its original Toyota Park moniker and be renamed “SeatGeek Stadium” after the Fire’s 2018 season ends. SeatGeek and the village of Bridgeview, which owns the stadium, announced the agreement in a joint statement Thursday but did not disclose its terms. Bloomberg reports the deal provides some much-needed funds to Bridgeview, which has doubled property taxes on residents as it deals with about $260 million of debt, including a large […]

  • Shuffleboard club aims to make a ‘dying’ sport cool to a new generation

    CHICAGO — Inside a former flower shipping depot in Bucktown, a new club is hoping a different kind of tropical export will catch on: shuffleboard. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club co-owner Ashley Albert says the sport is most popular in retirement and nursing homes in her native Florida. Which is fine, except its fans weren’t exactly getting younger. “Before we started the club it was a dying sport, the people who played were in their 70s and 80s,” Albert said. “Now […]

  • Sausage salesman ‘G.I. Joe’ Perl’s decades-long quest to bring meat to the masses

    Move over Abe Froman. Sausage salesman G.I. Joe has spent decades slicing and selling his wares to patrons at neighborhood bars across the region, working 16-hour days to bring meat to the masses. CHICAGO — A few regulars bask under the bar’s neon lights, resting their eyes in their drinks or on a TV mounted behind the bar. The conversation is stilted but familiar. Then the door opens and a burly man in a long, white coat strides in, a […]

  • 2 killed, 5 injured after SUV crashes into utility pole in northwest suburb

    BARTLETT, Ill. — An SUV rolled over and crashed into a utility pole on U.S. Route 20 in Bartlett Sunday afternoon, killing the driver and a passenger while injuring five others, according to police. In a statement, the Bartlett Police Department said the driver lost control of the 2005 Ford Escape while traveling westbound on U.S. 20 around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, causing it to rollover, leave the road, and collide with a ComEd utility pole. The 25-year male driver and […]

  • How Chicago magicians took tricks off the stage and into the bar

    Learn the secrets behind Chicago-style magic from local legend Bill Weimer. CHICAGO — His sleeves rolled up, Bill Weimer shuffles and spreads a deck of cards onto green felt from his perch behind the bar at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Sliding his fingers across them, he turns over the only red-backed card of the lot. “Is this your card?” Gasps. Applause. Magic. Weimer has plenty of other illusions up his rolled-up sleeves, picked up over four decades as a working […]