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9 Amazing Chicago Stories To Start The Weekend Off Right

By DNAinfo Staff | September 29, 2017 1:29pm 

CHICAGO — An activist walked hundreds of miles to raise money for Chicago's kids — and that's just one of the cool things happening in the city.

Check out what's happening around the neighborhoods:

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'Incredible' 673-Mile Walk To White House Raises Nearly $30K To Help Youths

BRONZEVILLE — When Bronzeville native Demetrius Nash announced in July that he'd walk 672 miles from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to protest violence and help young people, he didn't know how much attention the walk would attract.

But after initially setting a goal of $10,000 through GoFundMe, the campaign was so successful  — raising more than $28,000 — that he raised the goal to $50,000. His most high-profile donor? Former Bull and Englewood native Derrick Rose, who gave $7,000.

"This has transformed my life," he said in a video thanking supporters after completing the walk Monday.

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These Super Rare Chicago Properties Are Underwater — Literally

SOUTH SHORE — There is a stretch of private land rarer in Chicago than a private beach, but it is almost impossible to see.

That's because it is entirely underwater — meaning its owners literally lay claim to a piece of Lake Michigan. The land is 300 feet from the shore, just south of the South Shore Cultural Center. It appears to be the only private property in Cook County that is completely underwater.

The story of how the land — which has its own mailing address and Cook County PIN numbers — ended up underwater began exactly a century ago after it was doused by what one newspaper dubbed a "hurricane." It remains private because of the failure of two acts of the Illinois Legislature and a very persistent developer.

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Want To Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims? Here's 8 Ways To Donate Locally

HUMBOLDT PARK — You don't have to travel very far to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Many organizations and businesses in Humboldt Park and the surrounding area are hosting  fundraisers, dinners and events to aid disaster victims.

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Cranes Are Everywhere! To See City's Development Boom, Just Look Up

CHICAGO — The city broke a record this year with 54 cranes building up the city's skyline.

Here is a map and a list of the 32 cranes that are out right now.

The cranes are largely building in the Loop and Near North Side, but there are also a number in booming areas like the West Loop.

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Duck Derby Returns To Mount Greenwood Park To Benefit Special Olympics

MOUNT GREENWOOD — The eighth annual Rubber Duckie Derby will return to Mount Greenwood Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago.

Participants can buy a rubber duck for $5. The ducks will compete in a race at noon, and the owner of the winning duck will get an Xbox One video game system.

Speed skater Tommy Shimoda of Mount Greenwood is sponsoring the food at the event as a way to thank the community for their support. 

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Ex-Bear Israel Idonije At McCutcheon School: 'Every Child Has Potential'

UPTOWN —  Former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije held a special reading event for youngsters at McCutcheon Elementary this week, saying "education is the great equalizer."

Monday, the defensive lineman-turned-author visited the school at 4865 N. Sheridan Road to read excerpts from his DreamKidz Adventure series, which promote positive social-emotional growth and academic excellence, for National Literacy Month, according to a press release from the event.

"Working in youth programming since I was in high school, I have seen how important it is to help children understand their potential," said Idonije.

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Totally '80s Flu Shot Promo Will Pump You Up For Vaccination

DOWNTOWN — These doctors pity the fool who won't get a flu shot this fall. 

Physicians and staff at Northwestern Children's Practice, 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, are at it again, producing an '80s-tastic promo video for the flu shots they're injecting this fall.

The medical practice has made waves in the past for its lighthearted promo videos based on "Hamilton" and "Game of Thrones." 

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Nacho Man's A Hit After Addison Russell Destroys His Nachos But Brings More

CHICAGO — The Cubs' Addison Russell might just have made a friend out of a Cardinals fan.

The Cubs' shortstop, chasing a pop up into foul territory, crashed into Cardinals fan Andrew Gudermuth during Monday night's game between the two rival teams in St. Louis.

Russell slammed straight into the nachos of Gudermuth's girlfriend, and then his foot accidentally kicked the loaded nachos out of Gudermuth's hands and onto the field. Gudermuth stared sadly at the fallen nachos as Russell pulled himself out of the stands, covered in nacho cheese.

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Crypt 5K Lets You Run Alongside Chicago's Famous Dead At Historic Cemetery

WEST RIDGE — The spirited 6th Annual Rosehill Cemetery Crypt 5K kicks off next week at one of Chicago's oldest, largest and most historic burial grounds.

Participants get a chance to walk or run alongside a candlelit path that swerves through the final resting places of hundreds of (mostly) Union Civil War soldiers, more than a dozen Chicago mayors and famous entrepreneurs including Oscar Mayer, A. Montgomery Ward and Richard Sears.

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