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When it comes to Midwest beer brewing, Chicago tends to get overshadowed by neighbors, like St. Louis and Milwaukee. The revival of a popular early Chicago beer aims to prove the sudsy beverage has always been a vital part of the city’s economic and social life. 

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Chicago musician Wyatt Waddell speaks with WTTW News via Zoom.

When local artists were asked by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office to sing their remake of a Chicago classic, musician Wyatt Waddell decided to recreate the song altogether. 

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The Old Town School of Folk Music on Lincoln Avenue. (WTTW News)

It’s been a Chicago institution since it opened in 1957. Since then, the Old Town School of Folk Music has expanded its curriculum and, now, its online offerings. We stop by to see how it’s adapting to the changing times.

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Show of Hands has organized a virtual marketplace to replace its canceled spring craft fair. (Courtesy of Show of Hands Chicago)

Show of Hands was scheduled for this weekend in Ravenswood. As the next best thing, the craft fair’s organizer has created a virtual platform where makers and shoppers can meet.

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Toronzo Cannon (WTTW News)

Bus drivers have a tough job these days. And musicians are pretty much out of work. We spoke with one CTA driver who is also a songwriter with a new record. He drives people all over town, but right now he can’t play for the people. 

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A sample farmers market to-go box. (Courtesy of Closed Loop Farms)

Closed Loop Farms is leading a group of local food producers to deliver everything from Michelin-worthy greens to naturally fermented sodas directly to your door.

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A rehearsal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago is home to the only training orchestra in North America. And while it’s blooming with youth, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is turning 100 this season. We sit in on a rehearsal to hear the dynamic sound that only an orchestra can make.

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The WasteShed in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. (WTTW News)

When it comes to recycling, Chicago doesn’t have the best track record. But one nonprofit on the city’s West Side is working to change that – and in the process, offer a wide range of art supplies and materials at an affordable price.

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Adrian Dunn (WTTW News)

They are making music with a mission. A rousing Chicago gospel group brings a modern approach to traditional spirituals as they work toward social justice. We catch up with the Adrian Dunn Singers.

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El: The Chicago Transit Adventure. (Photo: Transit Tees)

Board games are a multibillion-dollar analog unicorn in a digital world. How Chicago is catching up on the trend with hyperlocal games, a meetup group and a trio of board game bars/cafes.

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Visitors to the rage room on Chicago’s Near North Side pay to smash things up. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Joe Lupa, the owner of Chicago’s first and only rage room, boils his business down to a simple consumer demand: people like smashing stuff. We visit Escapades Rage Room on the city’s Near North Side.

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Matthew A. Cherry, from second left, Deandre Arnold, his mother Sandy Arnold, second right, and the cast and the crew of “Hair Love” arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

The Loyola Academy graduate and former NFL wide receiver picked up an Academy Award on Sunday for best animated short film.

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Terrance Wallace appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 5, 2020. (WTTW News)

A West Side native is lifting kids out of poverty and into better school zones. We meet Terrance Wallace, whose InZone Project is the subject of a 2018 documentary premiering in Chicago this week.

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Chicago artist Edo (WTTW News)

From clothing to digital art to painting, Chicago artist Edo sees color in all forms. “Color is my thing,” he says. “I want it to light up a room.”

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Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Ten years ago, less than 2 million records were purchased in the U.S. But last year, nearly 17 million were sold. And now there are records being made in Chicago for the first time in decades. We stop by to see how it’s done.

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(WTTW News)

If you want to become a professional violin-maker, there are three places in the U.S. where you can learn how to do it: Boston, Salt Lake City and the Chicago suburb of Skokie.

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