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7 Stories To Make You Start The Weekend With A Smile

By DNAinfo Staff | June 16, 2017 12:46pm 

 Chicago's first-ever marshmallow cafe is set to debut in Rogers Park next month. 
Chicago's first-ever marshmallow cafe is set to debut in Rogers Park next month. 
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CHICAGO — Police officers rescued a dog, kids at Lurie's got to celebrate prom and Chicago will soon have its first marshmallow cafe.

Plus, dads can get a free Rainbow Cone for Father's Day.

Check out these stories from around the neighborhoods:

Police Officer That Helped Save Dog From Lake Michigan Might Adopt Him

STREETERVILLE — It was the Chicago Police to the rescue Tuesday morning after two officers saved a scared dog from Lake Michigan in the wake of a nasty four-car crash on Lake Shore Drive.

"It feels great," said Officer Juan Farris. "I never thought I'd be coming to work today and saving a dog's life."

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Lurie Children's Prom Provides 'Escape' For Patients With Virtual Reality

STREETERVILLE — Like many teenagers this spring, Mary Berry went to prom.

The 14-year-old from suburban Ford Heights didn't search long for a dress. Instead, dresses and makeup were brought to Berry's room at Lurie Children's Hospital, where she undergoes treatment for sickle cell anemia.

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A First Look Inside XO Marshmallow, Chicago's First Marshmallow Cafe (VIDEO)

ROGERS PARK — Chicago's first-ever marshmallow cafe is set to debut in Rogers Park next month. 

XO Marshmallow, 6977 N. Sheridan Road, and its "Wonderland" aesthetic, are offering "pure happiness" by serving up gourmet marshmallow treats and drinks from its new Sheridan Road boutique starting July 1, co-owner Kat Connor said.

"For us the Wonderland is this really whimsical space we've created for people to come in and have a really good time," said co-cowner Lindzi Shanks.

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Parks and Recreation's Jim O'Heir Pays Visit To PAWS

LINCOLN PARK — Jim O'Heir of "Parks and Recreation," who has described his concern for animals as "an obsession," recently indulged in that passion, visiting PAWS Chicago.

The no-kill shelter at 1997 N. Clybourn Ave. places over 5,000 pets in homes annually. O'Heir, who plays Jerry on the long-running sitcom, visited PAWS as part of a video project by The AV Club, an entertainment website that publishes interviews, reviews, features and all entertainment-related news.

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What's Up With That Blue And White Tree On Lake Shore Drive?

LAKEVIEW — If you've driven, biked or run by Belmont Harbor recently, you might wonder what's going on with that odd-looking tree near Lake Shore Drive.

First it was skinned. Then carved. Now it's white and blue, with an artist up in its limbs.

It's the latest effort by the Chicago Tree Project, which revives dead or dying trees by turning them into works of art.

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It's Dad's Turn: Free Rainbow Cones On Father's Day In Beverly

BEVERLY — It's dad's turn for a free Original Rainbow Cone.

The ice cream shop at 9233 S. Western Ave. in Beverly will offer a free, small Rainbow Cone for dads with the purchase of another item. The Father's Day promotion follows a similar offer on Mother's Day.

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Restaurant That Brings Beer By Toy Train Coming To Chicago

CHICAGO — A wildly popular Czech restaurant is reportedly coming to Chicago: the beer train.

According to an AP report out of Prague, owners of the Vytopna restaurant that features toy trains bringing drinks (and food) to the tables of customers aims to expand to the United States, starting in Chicago. The Prague eatery serves about 1,500 drinks a day.

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