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6 Chicago Stories That Will Help You Smile

By DNAinfo Staff | June 2, 2017 2:46pm | Updated on June 5, 2017 8:54am

CHICAGO — The city's got a new otter pup, hot dog stands are helping the Special Olympics and Morgan Park's basketball champs finally got their championship rings.

Plus, DNAinfo mapped out every rooftop bar in the city so you can have a perfect weekend (which shouldn't be too hard with all the sunshine we're getting).

Check out these stories from around the neighborhoods:

Adorable Otter Pup Rescued By Shedd Aquarium (VIDEO)

MUSEUM CAMPUS — Shedd Aquarium has rescued another sea otter pup, this one off the frigid coast of Alaska.

The unnamed three-week-old pup was rescued in March off the coast of Cordova, Alaska after the Alaska Sealife Center reached out to the Shedd. Two members of the Shedd's Animal Response Team, which has cared for orphaned otter pups since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska's coast, flew to Alaska and helped the Sealife Center care for the pup for weeks after failing to find the pup's mother.

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[DNAinfo/Andrea Watson]

In Middle Of Food Desert, Students Open Store Selling Healthy Snacks

EAST GARFIELD PARK — Campbell charter school, 212 S. Francisco Ave., in East Garfield Park, is in the middle of a food desert — so students decided to open their own healthy snack food store.

Snacks like fresh strawberries, grapes, granola bars, baked Lay's, SunChips and more line the shelves in their small store inside the school, which is part of the LEARN Charter School Network. Each item costs 50 cents or $1 and is labeled with one of three colored stickers to indicate just how healthy it is.

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[DNAinfo/David Matthews]

Every Rooftop Bar in Chicago, Mapped

CHICAGO — Here's where you can get a drink with a view — while enjoying the great outdoors. 

Rooftop bars have surged into Chicago's Downtown and neighborhoods in recent years, with new additions in 2017 including Noyane in River North and the Cabana Club atop Wicker Park's new Hollander hotel.

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It's A Bird, It's A Fish, It's A... Deer Swimming In Lake Michigan (VIDEO)

UPTOWN — The recent warm weather makes a refreshing dip in Lake Michigan seem like a good eye-deer.

A local man was walking near Montrose Harbor Tuesday around noon when he spotted a deer swimming in the lake. 

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[DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]

Eat A Hot Dog And Support The Special Olympics At These 50 Stands (MAP)

CHICAGO — As if you needed another reason to stop by your local hot dog joint, more than 50 area Vienna Beef slingers have pledged to donate a percentage of hot dog sales with Special Olympics Chicago. 

From now until Sept. 30, participating restaurants will give away some of their sales to sports program when customers make a purchase from 4 p.m.-close Thursdays and all day Saturdays. Diners should bring a hard or digital copy of the flyer for the event.

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Morgan Park High School Basketball Champs Get Rings From Former Bear

MORGAN PARK — Former Chicago Bear Martellus Bennett posted a picture on social media Tuesday afternoon of the Morgan Park High School boys basketball team wearing their state championship rings.

"Chicago Public Schools didn't have the funds to purchase the rings and were trying to raise money to get em. So I bought em for em. I decided to design em too so these are very special, #martyland collection. Lol," Bennett said on Instagram.

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