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Stories by Meredith Francis

Various Thanksgiving dishes on a wooden table
November 17, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Thanksgiving is almost here. We've compiled a list of recipes that could make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table. 
Bread, vegetables, cheeses, and spreads on a plate.
November 16, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Executive editor Elle Simone Scott of America's Test Kitchen recently visited WTTW for a demonstration on how to elevate boards. She discusses the new cookbook and offers tips on how to make charceuterie, crudites, and other creative boards for your next gathering—or even just for a family dinner.
An aerial view of the Elijah Lovejoy Monument in Alton, Illinois
November 7, 2022 | Meredith Francis

On November 7, 1837, an abolitionist named Elijah Parish Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois.

Image: juergen-polle / Pixabay
October 31, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Are You Caught Up With October’s Chicago Headlines? Take Our October News Quiz.
The Eternal Silence sculpture, pictured here in 1977. The black-and-white image shows a hooded sculpture set against a slab of black granite. Image: ST-40001541-0009, Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum
October 28, 2022 | Meredith Francis
An eerie sculpture near the grave of an early Chicago settler at Graceland Cemetery comes with a spooky legend. 
Two mugs of mulled wine.
October 24, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Though the warm, sunny days of Chicago’s festival season are behind us, there is still foodie fun to be had as the temperatures drop this winter. We’ve compiled a list of food events that we’ll update as winter goes on.
TikTok Influencer Feroza Aziz taking selfie with her friends in an arcade. Image: Shane Sigler
October 19, 2022 | Meredith Francis
TikTok, Boom, which premieres on WTTW and PBS as part of Independent Lens on October 24, explores some of the controversy surrounding the popular social media app, including privacy issues, mental health ramifications, and lack of transparency around content moderation.
Four bulgur stuffed peppers on a rectangular plate. Image: Doaa Elkady.
October 11, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Heifa Odeh, creator of the food blog Fufu's Kitchen, has a new cookbook out called Dine in Palestine, which has traditional dishes as well as Palestinian-inspired recipes with creative twists. She shares her story and her recipe for flafleh mahshi bil burghol, or bulgur stuffed peppers. 
Runners making their way through the Chicago Marathon course in 1992. Image: ST-10002838-0014, Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum
October 5, 2022 | Meredith Francis
Ahead of this weekend's Chicago Marathon, take a brief look at the history of long-distance running in Chicago, including the story of how a swing bridge interrupted the very first marathon in the city. 
Chicago City Hall. Image: Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News.
September 29, 2022 | Meredith Francis
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