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  • Video: You might gain a few pounds just by watching this visit to Central Continental Bakery as they prepare for Paczki Fest

    We should warn you that you might gain a few pounds by just watching this video. It’s a visit to Central Continental Bakery, and they’re getting ready for Pączki Fest. Besides being known for the filled treats that are a tradition for the days before Ash Wednesday, the family-owned business also offers a wide variety of baked goods. And they serve their community by employing students and participating in local festivals.

  • Video: With its dozens of animals, Lake Forest’s Wildlife Discovery Center’s goal is to reconnect people to nature

    A Komodo dragon. A trio of armadillos. A gecko. A bald eagle. And don’t forget Hazel, the sloth. You’ll find them all, and many more, in Lake Forest at the Wildlife Discovery Center. The center’s goal is to reconnect people to nature. Located at Elawa Farm, the center is adjacent to a number of additional attractions including their Garden Market.

  • Smashing Pumpkins, literally

    Saturday, November 2nd, 44 locations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are hosting pumpkin smashing events to recycle the gourds into compost fertilizer for local farms and gardens.

  • Video: Evanston’s Mustard’s Last Stand is celebrating 50 years of hot dogs and football

    Fifty years ago, a small house next to the Northwestern football stadium in Evanston was converted into a hot dog stand and Mustard’s Last Stand was born. Now, it is a community gathering place and considered one of the nation’s top game-day tailgate destinations. But, when “mustard” is part of the name, do they allow you to put ketchup on your hot dog?

  • Video: Eli’s Cheesecake makes 25,000 cakes every day, selling sweet slices of Chicago to customers around the world

    Eli’s Cheesecake Company was born from a desire to create a great dessert. Now, they make over 25,000 cheesecakes a day in 100 varieties sold around the world. Carrying on the belief of founder Eli Schulman that “giving back is the best part of being an entrepreneur,” the company supports many local organizations and is also known for the big cakes it creates as part of its civic outreach.

  • 11-year-old on mission to deliver donuts to every police officer in America

    An 11-year-old boy with a mission to deliver donuts to every police officer in America visited the Chicago Police Department this weekend. Tyler Carach visited officers in Districts 18, 1, 12 and 9 according to his Twitter page. But it was the 14th Shakespeare District that took it to a new level. “In 14th District fashion, we, of course, had to ask what was the most donuts eaten by a police officer at one of Tyler’s visits,” explained CAPS Officer […]

  • The Midnight Circus raises over $1 million for Chicago Park District projects

    At the end of every Chicago summer into the early fall, a little circus with a big presence and even bigger community impact bring their show to the Chicago Park District. “Midnight Circus is a full-on, world-class intimate-theatrical circus,” says Jeff Jenkins, Co-Founder of the Midnight Circus in the Parks. After high school, Jeff auditioned for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was accepted into their clown college, and toured with them. He ran away from the circus […]

  • Riverbank Neighbors keeping biodiversity alive on a stretch of the Chicago River

    A group of neighbors on the north side of Chicago took a neglected quarter-mile stretch of land just south of Montrose along the Chicago River and turned it into a haven of nature. Located in North Center, the Ravenswood Neighbors garden space attracts volunteers from areas extending around its own neighborhood. The group was started in 1994 by a group of concerned and motivated residents, including Pete Leki and Roark Johnson. “[This is] a focus for our community,” Leki said […]

  • Chicago property management group organizes resident-driven school supply drive

    Planned Property Management, a company that owns and manages 32 residential high and mid-rise rentals on Chicago’s north side recently asked it’s residents to help a local school start off on the right foot this fall. In early August, the office posted flyers, sent emails and spread the word through social media posts that they were having a school supply drive. Residents living in PPM buildings quickly got to work both dropping off materials in areas designated in their buildings, […]

  • National Be Kind To Humankind Week: Making A Difference On AND Off The Field

    It’s “National Be Kind To Humankind Week,” and high school student-athletes from 64 high schools throughout the Chicago metro came together on Sunday to interact with each other while doing good for kids. The event took place at the McCook Athletic & Exposition Center welcoming schools from Rockford to Minooka to the borders of Wisconsin and Indiana. The campaign is part of Making A Difference On AND Off The Field presented by Buddy’s HELPERS and the PepsiCo Showdown. Each of […]

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