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TGIF: 9 Chicago Stories You're Gonna Need To Relax After That Cubs Game

By DNAinfo Staff | October 13, 2017 1:32pm 

CHICAGO — There's a cool — but hidden — tunnel in Albany Park, police officers helped an injured Chicago Marathon runner and Chance the Rapper is helping people see a new movie for free.

Check out what's happening around the neighborhoods:

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Wrigley Field's Beloved Chalk Wall Of Love Is Back For The Playoffs

WRIGLEYVILLE — Last year, Cubs fans gathered around Wrigley Field's red brick exterior bleacher walls to leave messages of support in colorful chalk.

First they filled the spots they could reach while standing. Then they stood on chairs. Then on backs. Then ladders. 

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Albany Park Tunnel Looks So Cool, Too Bad It's Underground

ALBANY PARK — The $70 million Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel is the coolest-looking piece of infrastructure people will never get to see.

The newest image, snapped 150 feet below Foster Avenue, shows crews constructing the tunnel's liners, which will be used to mold the pipe's poured concrete.

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Laine's Bake Shop Rising As Partnership With Englewood Starbucks Pays Off

ENGLEWOOD – When Starbucks opened in Englewood a year ago, it became the first Starbucks to carry red velvet brownies from Laine’s Bake Shop.

Owner and Oakland resident Rachel Bernier-Green said business has been great, and since Starbucks opened in Englewood the coffee chain has added her dessert to 10 Chicago area stores.

“Even in my wildest dreams, I did not fathom where this partnership would be right now,” she said.

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Help Teach English To Immigrants At This McKinley Park Literacy Center

McKINLEY PARK — A move to a larger, more prominently placed building will allow Aquinas Literacy Center to reach more students, but now it needs the volunteers to fulfill that mission.

The literacy center — which teaches English language courses to adult immigrant communities — moved into its new location at 1751 W. 35th St. in early September after two decades in a nearby church basement.

The new location will allow Aquinas Literacy Center to increase its capacity for instruction, but because all courses are one-on-one, the center needs volunteers to achieve that goal.

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South Side Woman Creates Oil To Stop Her Hair Loss — And You Can Try It

ENGLEWOOD — When Iris Nicole Patterson began losing her hair just months before her wedding, she knew she had to find a hair growth solution, she said.

The Englewood native began experimenting in her kitchen after doing some research. Patterson said she suffered from alopecia because of a careless removal of glued-in hair extensions. She was left bald around her hairline. She began looking up recipes that combined essential oils with carrier oils to help stimulate the hair follicles that were still active.

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Police Officers Describe Helping Injured Marathon Runner Finish Race

MOUNT GREENWOOD — Two Chicago police officers relived their experience Wednesday helping an injured runner complete the Chicago Marathon.

Officer Joe Siska helped Edward Hensley to an aid station Sunday when he collapsed with about two miles left to go in the 26.2 mile race. Probationary Officer Alfredo Martinez was also stationed nearby.

"He was on the ground trying to sit on the curb. I could tell he was in a lot of pain," said Siska, who works in the Morgan Park District on the Far Southwest Side.

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Chance The Rapper Buys Every 'Marshall' Ticket So You Can See It For Free

CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper bought every ticket to the new Thurgood Marshall movieat two South Side theaters — just so everyone else can see it for free.

Chance, a Chatham native, announced the purchase on Twityter. He suggested people go at 3 p.m. but hasn't yet explained why.

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Cubs Win Epic Battle To Move Onto NLCS ... And Wrigleyville Celebrates

WRIGLEYVILLE — The Cubs put their fans through the wringer Thursday night, but brought home a thrilling National League Division Series win over the Washington Nationals.

An epic, almost five-hour game went to the Cubs 9-8, with twists, turns, scares ... and lots of relief pitchers. The National League Central Division champ Cubs took the best-of-five series 3-2 over the Nationals, who stormed through the season and won the NL East.

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'Urban Buddha' Sculpture Moves From Grant Park To Bridgeport Arts Center

BRIDGEPORT — One of Grant Park's most striking sculptures now has a familiar home at the Bridgeport Arts Center.

The 15-foot-tall "Urban Buddha" was on Friday moved to the arts center, 1200 W. 35th St., after spending the last year in southern end of Grant Park. Made by Tibetan artist Tashi Norbu, the wooden sculpture is the largest the center's Sculpture Garden Gallery has ever hosted, said Sandy Clous, director of events and marketing for the Bridgeport Arts Center. 

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