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  • The Aqua Tower, located in Chicago's new Lakeshore East neighborhood, showcases the city with its awe-inspiring design and unparalleled views.
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  • Mount Rushmore Mascots in Chicago
  • South Dakota is celebrating its 125th anniversary of statehood this year.
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  • BBB: Playoff ticket buyers, AT&T customer scammers
  • Scammers have found more opportunities to steal personal information from consumers.
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  • 7th annual Walk the Walk for Autism
  • April is Autism Awareness Month.
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  • Daily Herald: Aspiring Park Ranger
  • Aida Frey knew she wanted to be a park ranger ever since her first visit to a national park.
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  • 5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Return Wisely
  • Liz Dierking and Jenny Andrews, financial experts in Chicago who have their own daily online show as part of the tastytrade Financial Network, offer advice.
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  • WATCH ABC is a new way to experience ABC television! Watch your favorite TV shows and local programming - LIVE or ON DEMAND - at home or on the go.
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  • The PNC Foundation today announced a $19 million, multi-year vocabulary initiative for underserved pre-kindergarten children during a PNC Grow Up Great 10th Anniversary event in Chicago. The city's children are among those who will benefit from three new vocabulary programs supported by PNC. In addition, PNC is extending its early science learning program through 2015 to benefit preschool children in Big Shoulders Fund and Chicago Public Schools.
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  • Spring Apps: Baseball, bikes and gardens
  • Spring couldn't get here any sooner. While we wait for the temperatures to permanently stay above freezing, Brad Spirrison of Appolicous has some smart phone app suggestions to get us ready.
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  • BBB: Netflix, Pinterest scams
  • Scammers have found more opportunities to steal personal information from consumers.
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  • Rainbow Loom Expo
  • The Chicago Wolves and Learning Express Toys are bringing Rainbow Loom inventor Choon Ng and his family to Allstate Arena on Sunday, March 23, for the inaugural Rainbow Loom Expo.
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  • Spring Flower Show, Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
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  • BBB: Water damage contractors, tax prep help
  • As snow and ice melt this spring, water damage and flooding are possible.
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  • Golf Ball
  • This harsh winter might have you feeling cabin fever. But right now, you have the perfect opportunity to cure that: at the Chicago Golf Show!
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  • When a case of animal hoarding becomes public, the details are dramatic.
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  • The International Kennel Club of Chicago (IKC) will host the 2014 International Cluster of Dog Shows.
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  • Flood Prevention Tips
  • Rain and warming temperatures could cause flooding, check out some things every homeowner can do to avoid flood damage, from Roy Spencer, owner of Perma-Seal Basement Systems.
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  • Chicago Community Trust: On the Table
  • Building and maintaining strong, safe and dynamic communities is on the menu for thousands at 99th anniversary mealtime conversations
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  • More than 10,000 sensational orchids are featured in floor-to-ceiling displays at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show, which runs until March 15.
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  • Baby it's cold outside, but your kiddies will be warm, cozy, and stylish after a shopping trip at The Red Balloon Co.'s pop-up Winter Warehouse Sale this February.
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  • Real Money Savings: Travel
  • Two destinations for one? Plus how flying regional could save you money.
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  • Two new scams that result in unauthorized charges
  • Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about the ''One Ring'' scam and a new credit card scam.
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  • Bitter and dangerous cold has a grip on Chicago and there's no immediate end in sight. The "winter blues" can easily set in.
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  • Home Heating Safety: How to safely use space heaters
  • John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at Underwriters Laboratories, explains how to safely use space heaters and other items people use to stay warm this season.
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  • Dr. Stephen Sokalski, Infectious Disease specialist from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, provides tips.
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  • A heating and cooling technicians checks out a furnce
  • The extreme cold is making it tough on some furnaces to keep up. But there are some simple steps homeowners can take to keep them working properly.
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  • Chicago City of Learning, formerly Chicago Summer of Learning, is a city-wide movement that aims to provide youth in every neighborhood access to high-quality programs and hands-on experiences while integrating an online platform at explorechi.org.
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  • Financial Tips for 2014
  • Increase your financial health while you're sleeping! Begin with the easy steps that we can take to increase our financial fitness.
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  • Winter Travel Ideas in Illinois
  • The snow is on the ground so it's the perfect time to get out and experience winter in Illinois!
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  • Feel like hibernating?
  • The winter weather might have you thinking about hibernation.
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  • The Dailey Method at Home
  • The Dailey Method's exercise tips for the holidays.
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  • The holidays mean most of us pack on a few pounds, and losing weight is among the top resolutions for the New Year. But you don't always have to hit the gym - you can do easy exercises at home!
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  • Daily Herald: Diverse School Districts
  • The days of lily white suburbs have long since passed. Nowhere is that more obvious than in schools, where whites now comprise less than 50 percent of student enrollment in some suburban district
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  • Historic Downtown Long Grove's specialty shops are all decked out for the holidays, offering unique gifts including gourmet foods, jewelry and fashions, antiques, art, décor, and more.
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  • The Better Business Bureau gives handy holiday shopping tips
  • The Better Business Bureau gives some gift card safety tips and also says, beware of phony websites pretending to be overstock.com
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  • Toys for Kids: Parent Tested, Parent Approved
  • Only nine shopping days left until Christmas, if you count Monday. So, time is ticking, and if you have a little one on your list that you are having a hard time buying for, we have some help.
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  • LEGO Train Show
  • The Lego Train Show has pulled into Cantigny Park.
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  • Daily Herald: WWII Vet an institution at Harper College
  • Having taken just about every art course offered at Harper College over the last 25 years, 90-year-old Bernie Bluestein has put together quite a collection of his own works.
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  • Looking for something to do today? Here are a few events for whole family.
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  • Daily Herald: Wheeling HS calls STEM successful
  • Wheeling High School is one of the few "non-selective" (no applications required) public schools in the nation offering the much-ballyhooed STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- education.
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  • Looking for something to do today? Here are a few events for whole family.
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  • Daily Herald: You Are Not Alone campaign
  • A year after the suburban hazing scandal at Maine West High School, the state agency responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children is pushing to educate school districts about the state's "mandated reporter" law and to empower students to speak up about abuse. "
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  • Now to some fun activities for the whole family happening Sunday in the suburbs.
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  • Holiday Shopping Ideas
  • November 30, 2013, is Small Business Saturday nationwide. The City of Chicago's "Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local" campaign encourages residents to spend one dollar a day at independent, locally-owned businesses.
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  • Black Friday 2013 Tips from the BBB
  • Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the most popular shopping day of the year.
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  • Daily Herald: A Christmas Carol in Klingon
  • Nothing says Christmas like a warrior race of fictional space aliens performing Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in Klingon.
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  • Daily Herald: JFK and Catholics
  • There are three items Joe Ruane of Arlington Heights still remembers hanging on the living room wall of his parents-in-law's Irish Catholic home. A crucifix. A photo of the Pope. And a picture of John F. Kennedy.
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  • Looking for something to do today? Here are a few events for whole family.
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