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Chicago's Union Stock Yards in 1947
A square mile of the city just upstream from downtown devoted to turning livestock into products that saw 18 million animals in a year at its peak: the Union Stock Yards are almost unimaginable now, but they once epitomized Chicago, and gave us the assembly line and refrigerated rail cars.
Classic literary characters
Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer? Fierce like Jo March? Just like Atticus Finch? Indomitable like Celie? Find out which classic literary character you are and get a reading list for your personality from The Great American Read's list of America's best-loved novels.
Trevor Noah, Host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Photo: OZY Media
The new series Breaking Big attempts to discover how people like Trevor Noah, who was born poor and mixed-race during apartheid in South Africa and is now the host of The Daily Show, achieve their success. Watch it here, and see the other high achievers who are profiled.
Jane's Lemon Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake on The Great British Baking Show
The Great British Baking Show returns with its final season this Friday. Celebrate with a bright lemon poppy seed drizzle cake recipe from last season of the show – it would be the perfect thing to serve while you watch the premiere.
The film poster for Grease, with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
The smash-hit film version of Grease premiered 40 years ago on June 16, but it was already a huge success on Broadway, and had originated as a small play in Chicago. One of its co-writers discusses its popularizing transformations into something different from the original.
Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis
Chicago native Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael is an ardent Harry Potter fan who wanted to extend her time with the characters she loved, so she made a web series about a 25-year-old Hermione, using her love of reading and power of empathy to reimagine Hermione in her image.
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in Vicious
We have four shows with plenty of episodes to stream this month: something for dads on Father's Day, an uproarious sitcom for LGBTQ Pride Month, and extra seasons of beloved British favorites that return with new episodes at the end of the month. 
The Staple Singers
The Staple Singers combined the Delta blues of Pops Staples' birthplace with the gospel of his adopted home in Chicago to become international stars and civil rights activists. Hear Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte reminisice on the Staples and learn their history before Mavis headlines the Chicago Blues Fest.
The Harlem Globetrotters
The name is deceiving: they're not from Harlem, and they definitely didn't travel the globe at first. The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in Chicago by five high school stars and a short Jewish man, and originally played in small town gyms outside the city.
Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy during the McClellan Senate hearings circa May 1957. Photo: Howard Jones for Look Magazine / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
50 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in the midst of the 1968 presidential campaign. Explore his unrealized potential in a 1969 Studs Terkel interview. "There was this great strength to him, a decency and simplicity and a willingness to listen and a willingness to learn."
Dune by Frank Herbert
The author of the world's best-selling science fiction novel discusses the broad base of knowledge he draws on in imagining other worlds, as well as his environmentalism. "I refuse to be put in the position of having to tell my grandchildren, 'I'm sorry, there's no more world for you, we used it all up.' " 
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival. Photo: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Gospel music's "Father," and "Mother," "Queen" and "King," all made their career or were born in Chicago, where the soul-stirring music was first developed and popularized. Discover the development of gospel and its main players in Chicago on the weekend of the city's Gospel Music Festival
Martha Stewart's Coconut, Chocolate, and Chocolate-Chunk Macaroons. Photo: Bryan Gardner
May 31 is Macaroon Day, the perfect time to try baking this simple but delectable treat that requires only five ingredients. Try Martha Stewart's recipe for a basic coconut kind, or sweeten it up with a chocolate-chunk or chocolate variation.
Endeavour; The Great British Baking Show. Photos: Jonathan Ford/Mammoth Screen for ITV and MASTERPIECE; Love Productions
This month, two British favorites return for new seasons – the final season for one – the life and work of a trailblazing black Chicagoan is celebrated, 50 years of LGBTQ history is explored, and a legendary star is saluted by fellow musicians.
Women detainees at Angel Island. Photo: California Historical Society
With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which banned all Chinese immigration and naturalization, many Chinese immigrants began moving eastward to towns like Chicago, where they slowly cemented a presence despite the demographic restrictions of the Act. 
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