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Charlotte, NC, United States

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Past articles by Hannah:

‘Night Sky’ exhibit at Adler Planetarium shows the stars you should see in Chicago

CHICAGO — The stars inside the Atwood sphere pop in the darkness. But the stars in Chicago's night sky aren't so clear. A new exhibit at Adler Planetarium inside the Atwood Sphere teachers stargazers to protect the dark sky. → Read More

‘Once you’re a skater, you’re kinda always a skateboarder’: Skate Bunker provides haven for older skaters

CHICAGO — A longtime skateboarder created a skate park in his office space for the older generation of skaters. “It’s kind of like every 16 year old kid’s dream down here we just did it a little bit later in life than we had anticipated,” said Greg Roberts, owner of Pardon My Thrashing. → Read More

CPS students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. during oratory competition

CHICAGO — Chicago Public School students celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Friday during an oratory competition at the Palmer House Friday. Fourth and fifth graders shared what they believed the late civil rights leader's vision would be for America in 2020. It was part of the annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which has been held in Houston or Dallas for the past 30 years. → Read More

‘Girls Build’ program inspires next wave of Chicago female architects

CHICAGO — At the Chicago Architecture Center, a new program is inspiring future female architects in the city. Chicago’s skyline is made up of classic and modern beauties with the newest being built by women. → Read More

Chicagoans line up to legally buy recreational marijuana

CHICAGO — Some Chicagoans lined up bright and early on New Year's Day to be the firsts to legally purchase recreational marijuana. Recreational pot became legal in the state on Jan. 1, making Illinois the 11th state to do so. The Sunnyside dispensary opened its doors at 6 a.m. → Read More

A look at the model trains at the Great Train Show

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — All aboard for a trip to the Great Train Show. It’s a dream come true for anyone who is into model trains. Hobby railroading has been around really for decades, almost a century, and it isn’t going away anytime soon. → Read More

‘It’s a place no one wants to be’: Former inmates grateful for Rev. Jackson’s Christmas gesture

CHICAGO — For four Cook County inmates, Christmas was about freedom and not presents. Reverend Jesse Jackson has been visiting jails on Christmas Day for the past 40 years. “We jail too many people for unnecessary reasons,” Jackson said. → Read More

19-year-old college student on winter break shot to death inside Chatham apartment; suspect in custody

A 19-year-old Michigan State student was reportedly found shot to death inside a Chatham apartment Friday night. Just after 9:45 p.m., police were dispatched to the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue on the report of gunshots. → Read More

Multiple people rescued from apartment building fire in North Lawndale

CHICAGO — Several people were rescued from a burning apartment building in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood. The fire broke out at a three-story building in the 1200 block of South Central Park Avenue at about 4 a.m. Friday. → Read More

Climbing gym in Avondale offers activities for people of all skill levels

CHICAGO — If you're looking for a new adventure in the new year, the First Ascent Avondale might be just what you need. The indoor climbing and fitness center offers a workout that will take you to new heights. The location has 60-foot high walls and over 100 different routes to choose from. → Read More

United welcomes more than 100 kids for fantasy flight to North Pole

CHICAGO — If you were flying out of O’Hare’s United terminal Saturday, chances are you saw some some fun characters. Employees transformed into Christmas carolers, Disney princesses and superheroes to welcome more than 100 children and their families. → Read More

Cup of Cheer walk showcases holiday decor styles in the name of charity

CHICAGO — For Lynne Slavik, Christmas really is the best time of year. Walk into her home and you’re immediately transported to a beautiful Christmas wonderland. “I love the fresh greens and I love red. Red's my favorite color, so I always do red for Christmas,” Slavik said. → Read More

Bargain-hunters hit Chicago-area malls early for Black Friday deals

CHICAGO — The mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas just got six days shorter. Black Friday once again kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. → Read More

Second delivery driver shot to death in Gary within last month

GARY, Ind. — A second delivery driver has been shot and killed in Gary within the last month. Just after 8 p.m. Sunday, authorities were dispatched to the 3700 block of Washington Street. → Read More

These 10 turkey tips are essential for new cooks, Thanksgiving veterans alike

CHICAGO — A lot goes into properly prepping, cooking and carving a turkey for friends and family on Thanksgiving. Whether you're hosting for the first time or are a Turkey Day veteran, here are some expert tips from the folks at Fresh Marketplace in Bucktown to make sure it turns out great: … → Read More

Chicago woman hula hoops for 100 hours, breaks Guinness World Record

CHICAGO — There’s a new Guinness World Record holder and she’s done it right here in Chicago. Jenny Doan broke the record for longest consecutive hula hooping. She hula hooped for 100 hours — earning only five minute breaks for each hour she hula hooped. → Read More

Restaurant gives diners the chance to step into the kitchen

CHICAGO — If you're trying to entertain this season, you may wanna brush up on your cooking and mixology skills, and what better way to do it than behind the scenes in a beautiful place like Nico Osteria in the Gold Coast. → Read More

Thousands scale Willis Tower for tallest stair-climbing event in the world

CHICAGO — It's the tallest indoor stair-climbing event in the world, and it is all for a great cause. About 2,000 people took part in climbing the 103 floors to the top of the Willis Tower during Sky-Rise Chicago Sunday. → Read More

Green City Market moves into Nature Museum until April

CHICAGO — The Green City Market is moving inside to help Chicagoans eat healthier this winter. The year-round market keeps its veggies and vendors cozy during the cold months at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "they are very fresh and they contain much much more nutrients than the vegetables we get from the market and the grocery store,” a shopper said. → Read More

Enter if you dare: 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park

MELROSE PARK, Ill. — WGN's Hannah Welker took a visit to 13th Floor Haunted House and left terrified. "You really don't know what's around every corner. Our goal is to leave our customers a little bit scared, really entertained," said general manager Erika Daybook. → Read More