CHICAGO — A Rogers Park restaurant is challenging Chicagoans to eat 5 pounds of mac and cheese in an hour, you can nab free liquid nitrogen ice cream this weekend and diehard Cubs fans can now get married at Wrigley Field.
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WRIGLEYVILLE — Scoreboard proposals are so 2016.
Now the ultimate Cubs fans can not only get engaged but married at Wrigley Field.
Well, technically not inside the stadium, but Wrigley Field-adjacent, at the park's new American Airlines Conference Center.
CHICAGO — Chicago is mesmerizing at night, especially in this video that compiles five years of time-lapse videos into four minutes.
Entitled "Windy City Nights III," the video is part of the larger "Chicago Timelapse Project" by photographer Max Wilson. The new video strings together 60 clips taken across the city over the past five years.
Wilson calls the scenes in the video "some of my most memorable shots."
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ROGERS PARK — Why eat a normal dinner when you can push yourself to your cheesy limit?
Midnight Mac and Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park, is offering customers the chance to become immortalized in Chicago mac and cheese history by competing in the restaurant's new challenge: consume five dense pounds of the diner's house macaroni and cheese sauce in an hour or less and win a spot on the wall of fame, plus a T-shirt and bragging rights.
CHICAGO — Most people don't associate the city's waterways with unsullied natural beauty — but those people probably haven't taken a kayak out onto the North Branch of the Chicago River lately, Laura Barghusen said.
"When you go out and paddle, you suddenly feel like you're in a totally different place than the Chicago you know," said Barghusen, the associate greenways director for the conservation group Openlands. "The last time I was out, I saw turtles basking on a log, and a family of baby raccoons. It's a totally different view than you're used to seeing."
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SOUTH LOOP — Lots of things are changing these days in the South Loop. But Manny's Deli says it's lasted in the neighborhood for so long mainly by staying the same.
The iconic cafeteria at Roosevelt Road and Jefferson Street that's served presidents, police and a few crooks since 1942 will celebrate its 75th anniversary this month.
Known for its corned beef and pastrami, Manny's got its start when two Jewish immigrant brothers from Russia teamed up to sell their mom's recipes in Greektown. The deli has remained a family business since.
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HYDE PARK — The Museum of Science and Industry will be giving away free ice cream Sunday made on-site with liquid nitrogen across the city.
The museum at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive has partnered with Nitro Dessert Station of Polonia Catering to use liquid nitrogen to make special flavors of ice cream at three locations Sunday for National Ice Cream Day.
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DOWNTOWN — The group that wants to spruce up the Pedway has unveiled its vision for the Loop's underground.
New art, brighter walkways and an underground library could all be coming to the Pedway, the often uninviting system of tunnels that helps Loop commuters get to work or the train when the weather turns cold.
WICKER PARK — A car has been parked in a private outdoor lot around the corner from Wicker Park for almost two years — and things are not going so well for the now-vandalized Audi Allroad.
The car's owner left the country to help an ailing parent for what was expected to be a short trip, but the visit ended up lasting much longer, according to Hollywood Cleaners owner Phil Raimondi, who operates the small parking lot behind the dry cleaners at 1438 N. Milwaukee Ave.
"I don't want to tow it. [The owner of the car] is aware of it and is supposed to be coming back next week. Everyone thinks it's abandoned," said Raimondi.