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Patty Wetli

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Meet The Chicago Woman Taking Balloon Art To Incredible New Heights

The words "sophisticated" and "balloon art" don't typically appear in the same sentence, until you've seen Elaine Frei's work.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Edgewater Cake Artist Wins Food Network’s ‘Holiday Wars’; Is ‘Sugar Rush’ Next?

Adam Gueldener, a cake artist to the stars, and his teammates took home the top prize in Sunday's Food Network "Holiday Wars" competition.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

He’s Made Cakes For Chance And Skilling, Now Edgewater Cake Artist Takes On Food Network’s ‘Holiday Wars’

It's Adam Gueldener's turn to be the star of the show on Sunday night's episode.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Fight Is On To Save One Of Bronzeville’s Links To Its Past, The Boston Store Stable

The Boston Store Stable has ties to Chicago's architectural and mercantile history, and also has links to Bronzeville's rich past.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Snag Museum-Worthy Gems At Architectural Artifacts’ Epic ‘Moving Sale’

After 31 years on Ravenswood, Stuart Grannen reflects on how Architectural Artifacts got it start — and shares what's coming next.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

After Community Outrage, CPS Won’t Bulldoze Lincoln Square School’s Garden To Build $24 Million Annex

Plans to build an annex on the site of Waters Elementary's community garden have been taken "off the table," officials say.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Lincoln Square Parents Fought For New School Annex, But Now It Could Destroy A Beloved Garden

Waters Elementary is slated to get a $24 million annex, but the community is prepared to fight to save the school's renowned garden from the bulldozer.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

The Blue Cart Is Just The Start: Inside Chicago’s Recycling Center (VIDEO)

Waste Management's Recycling Center processes up to 500 tons of recyclables daily.


Watch This Video, And You’ll Never Try To Recycle A Plastic Bag Again

Plastic bags wreak havoc on the sorting systems used in recycling.


Memorial For Pulse Nightclub Victims Coming To Center On Halsted

Portraits of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting form the heart of the Orlando Traveling Memorial.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Meet The Artists Who Design Chicago’s Fantastic Neighborhood Posters

Chicagoans are obsessed with honoring their neighborhoods through art.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Bon Vivant’s Cake Queen, A YouTube-Taught Master, Opening Workshop So You Can Learn, Too

After enjoying sweet success with Bon Vivant Cakes, Emily Nejad is launching Maven, where her cake and cookie sisters can spread the joy of baking.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Tired of Twitter Fights? This New Studio Devoted To Snail Mail Could Bring Back The Nice

Amber Favorite has launched a Kickstarter to help fund a community letterpress studio in Albany Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

The End of Chicago’s Only ‘Waterfall’ Marks A New Beginning For Life On The River

Don't go chasing waterfalls — Chicago doesn't have one anymore. The 100-year-old four-foot dam is being torn down.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Arepas, A Love Story: Why Lincoln Square Is Flocking To New Venezuelan Spot, Sweet Pepper

Meet the Venezuelan couple with a big dream: Turning "arepa" into a new word in English.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Looking For Doughnut Heaven? It’s On The South Side

After being taught by the owner of Roseland's Old Fashioned Donuts, Devell Brittmon opened D&D's Place, which neighbors say is "heaven sent."

Midway, West Lawn
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