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Stories by Meredith Francis

Mary Field Parton and Ruby Hammerstrom Darrow in a black-and-white image
March 20, 2023 | Meredith Francis
Though the history books rarely mention her, social worker and avant-garde writer Mary Field Parton embodies Chicago's role as a focal point of political and social movements. 
Bracket graphic depicting "The Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"
March 15, 2023 | Meredith Francis
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois has won the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge!
Kiara Jones
March 14, 2023 | Meredith Francis
Kiara Jones thinks food is a love language, and she has built up a following on social media with her cooking videos. She's one of several students going through a West Side job readiness program called Impact Culinary Training. 
The Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge has the Unity Temple and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir facing off for Most Beautiful Place in Chicago
March 13, 2023 | Meredith Francis
It's time for the finals of our Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge, with BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett facing off against Unity Temple in Oak Park. Vote for your favorite!
A graphic depicting the "Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"
March 9, 2023 | Meredith Francis
The semifinals for the Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge have arrived! In this round, we've got Ping Tom Park vs. Unity Temple, and Tribune Tower vs. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Vote now! 
A graphic depicting the "Most Beautiful Bracket Challenge"
March 6, 2023 | Meredith Francis
What do you think is the most beautiful place in Chicago? Vote in round one of our bracket challenge! Round one features eight locations included in The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago with Geoffrey Baer.
Two seniors from Kelvyn Park High School fill out their ballots for the Feb. 28 Chicago municipal election behind voting booths at the Kilbourn Park polling station. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)
February 28, 2023 | Meredith Francis
Did you keep up with the news in and around Chicago in February? Test your knowledge of local headlines with our February news quiz.
Alversa Beals celebrating the opening of Operation Life’s medical clinic in West Las Vegas in 1972. She's featured in the upcoming Independent Lens story, "Storming Caesars Palace."
February 27, 2023 | Meredith Francis
Celebrate Women's History Month with WTTW in March with the stories of women who were leaders in their fields. 
Amanda Christine Harth, left, and Felton Kizer, right.
February 21, 2023 | Meredith Francis
Amanda Christine Harth and Felton Kizer love Mondays. They want their coffee company to be about high-quality beans, the experience of coffee, and making a safe space for others. 
Soldier Field shown from above with a crowd at a rock concert on June 4, 1977
February 9, 2023 | Meredith Francis
None of the 57 Super Bowls has taken place in Chicago, but Soldier Field did once host a "Super Bowl of Rock" featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Foghat, the J. Geils Band, and more.