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Edward Kemeys's Lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago, c. 1900. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago's Michigan Avenue Beaux Arts home opened 125 years ago after being used for the 1893 World's Fair. But what about the museum's iconic bronze lions? What are their origins?
Encyclopedia Britannica
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which was first published 250 years ago, became a proud emblem of the American middle class during the 20th century in large part thanks to the efforts of Chicago institutions and people. 
Milk Street's Mexican Chicken Soup with Tomatillos and Hominy. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives
Now that it's cold outside, there's a good chance you're making and eating a lot of soup. If you're looking for something a bit different from your typical chicken soup, something that has a nice hit of heat, try this recipe from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street​. 
Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, c. 1989.
George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on Friday at the age of 94. Remember his legacy as a non-ideological contrast to his predecessor Ronald Reagan and as overseer of a number of significant foreign policy achievements.
Fred and Violet Buckle and Reggie in the Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Production/BBC
Celebrate two major anniversaries: Apollo 8, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the centennial of a major American musical figure. Plus, enjoy a holiday special from a favorite show and a documentary about the Jewish songwriters responsible for much of our Christmas music.
The Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago
60 years ago, 92 children and three nuns died in a fire at the Our Lady of the Angels school on Chicago's West Side. The tragedy could easily have been prevented, and had a wide-reaching effect on fire safety measures across the country.
Lincoln Park ZooLights. Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo
More than two million lights, a crew of twenty-two people, 7,200 working hours, 600,000 visitors: it's ZooLights, one of Chicago's beloved holiday traditions. What does it take to plan, set up, and run the extravagant light shows?
Julia Child with a roast turkey on The French Chef
Most people only make turkeys once a year, and they're notoriously difficult to prepare well (hence the Butterball turkey hotline). Before confronting the culinary challenge this year, get some tips from the masterful Julia Child, in this archival episode of The French Chef.
Jessie Buckley as Marian Halcombe and Riccardo Scamarcio as Count Fosco. Photo: The Woman in White Productions Ltd. / Steffan Hill / Origin Pictures
Marian and Walter search for a way to save Laura by proving her identity and begin investigating the secrets of Sir Percival and Count Fosco, hoping to make them confess. Surprising ties are revealed and lives are risked as the mystery wraps up.
Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. Photo: Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
As the fourth season of Poldark comes to a close, Ross and Demelza try to confront their differences while a baby offers tentative hope for Elizabeth and George. Drake's life may finally be moving in a happy direction, if George doesn't ruin it first. 
Spiro (ALEXIS GEORGOULIS), Louisa Durrell (KEELEY HAWES), Margo Durrell (DAISY WATERSTONE), Gerald Durrell (MILO PARKER) & Lawrence Durrell (JOSH O’CONNOR) in The Durrells in Corfu. Photo: Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE
The arrival of a traveling circus in town provides Larry with a new prospect and the rest of the family with distractions. Margo and Leslie suffer difficulties in their relationships, while Louisa finally seems to have found a new partner. 
The CTA Holiday Train. Photo: CTA
Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the CTA Holiday Train will begin bringing joy to "L" riders, and the Holiday Bus starts service the next week. Find their schedules here so that you can get a chance to enjoy the lights and take a photo with Santa!
Wreathed Lion. Photo: Art Institute of Chicago
The holiday season is upon us, as going into any store and hearing the music will inform you. If you want to make sure that the most wonderful time of the year is truly full of wonder, Chicagoland offers plenty of magical opportunities, from tree lightings to markets to parades.
Comanche tribal members Jhane Myers and Philip Bread prepare for their annual fair outside of Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo: Providence Pictures
November is Native American Heritage Month, plus it includes the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice and, of course, Thanksgiving. Explore the rich legacy of America's first peoples, learn the stories of forgotten participants of WWI, and get some Thanksgiving cooking advice.
Photo: The Woman in White Productions Ltd. / Steffan Hill / Origin Pictures
Sir Percival and Count Fosco conspire together to get money by means of Laura, and include Anne in their scheme. Laura's predicament worsens as Marian is suddenly taken away, and Walter returns to help Marian investigate whatever happened to Laura. 
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