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Mark Szafaran holds Woodstock Willie, who has played a part in the town's Groundhog Day celebration since the former mayor, Bill Anderson, requested a groundhog be present in 1997, the same year the groundhog costume was introduced.

‘That’s right, woodchuck chuckers—it’s Groundhog Day’

February 3, 2020

WOODSTOCK, ILL.—The "Pennsylvania Polka" blasted throughout Woodstock Square, a similar sight to fans of the 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, which was filmed ...

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Lunar New Year kicks-off at the Chicago Cultural Center

January 29, 2020

Performers adorned in brightly-colored costumes, ornate headwear and detailed makeup marked the beginning of Chicago’s Lunar New Year festivities at the Chicago Cultural Center. The kick-off event...

The musical adaptation of the classic holiday film of the same name, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” is returning to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., from Dec. 10 to 15.

Dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ at the Cadillac Palace

December 11, 2019

The Cadillac Palace Theatre is where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” as part of Broadway in Chicago. The musical adaptation of the classic holi...

Have 'A Merry Punking Christmas' this holiday season

Have ‘A Merry Punking Christmas’ this holiday season

December 5, 2019

This year, rather than skipping along to a caroling tune, some local musicians and fans may find the Christmas cheer in a hardcore holiday celebration that melds Christmas lights, punk-rock instrume...

City Grange holiday pop-up blooms in Beverly just in time for holidays

City Grange holiday pop-up blooms in Beverly just in time for holidays

December 3, 2019

Inspired by the historic Grange movement of the 1800s, City Grange aims to empower individuals to take up urban gardening and contribute to the social and economic needs of the community it is a part of....

Opinion: Christmas and consumerism cannot go hand-in-hand

Opinion: Christmas and consumerism cannot go hand-in-hand

December 1, 2019

The red bows on jewelry boxes, colored lights decorating store mannequins, giant Christmas trees in every corner of the mall—you have to admit, the holidays are a visually attractive time of the year. ...

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Chicago outdoes its-elf for the holidays

November 28, 2019

Millennium Park was illuminated Friday night with more than 54,000 different colored lights strung around a 55-foot-tall holiday tree. The Chicago holiday tradition continues with the 106th Annual Christmas Tre...

Editor's Note: This holiday season, stop shaming non-meat eaters

Editor’s Note: This holiday season, stop shaming non-meat eaters

November 28, 2019

Let your family’s eyerolling and lectures on protein deficiency commence: It’s the season of Tofurky and sweet potato casserole. Between lectures across the dinner table on the validity of your arts degree...

Hidden holiday  guide to Chicago

Hidden holiday guide to Chicago

November 28, 2019

Chicagoans who have faced countless harsh winters here in the metropolis of the Midwest may see the run-of-the-mill holiday celebrations of the city to be less than stimulating. Christkindlmarket, the Linco...

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‘Drag Race’ alumni put the ‘camp’ in Christmas

November 26, 2019

This winter, drag queens BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are challenging the traditions surrounding Christmas— from religious celebrations to family gatherings—with an over-the-top holiday variety show...

Opinion: Not all feel jolly for the holiday season

Opinion: Not all feel jolly for the holiday season

November 3, 2019

As November begins and the holiday season approaches, the impending arrival of family celebrations are met with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. While many students enjoy seeing their families after...

Opinion: To schools banning Halloween parties: BOO!

Opinion: To schools banning Halloween parties: BOO!

October 27, 2019

Every year around Halloween, the buzz of excitement is palpable as costumed students prepare for candy comas and ghoulish holiday rituals after class. My middle school even allowed the celebration to ...

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