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Chicago Dance History Project’s Interview Marathon talks up a stormIrene Hsiaoon January 25, 2021 at 10:20 pm

Local and international luminaries provide a “microcosm” of CDHP’s archival mission.

Chicago Dance History Project commemorates five years of collecting oral histories with icons of theatrical dance in Chicago with an interview marathon on January 31, recently designated Chicago Dance History Project Day in a proclamation by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The City of Chicago is thrilled to celebrate our diverse and legendary local dance community.…Read More

Mother of 3 dies in Aurora house fire, captain hurt during rescueDavid Struetton January 25, 2021 at 8:43 pm

Crews respond to a fire Jan. 25 in the 500 block of Spruce Street in Aurora.
Crews respond to a fire Jan. 25 in the 500 block of Spruce Street in Aurora. | Aurora Fire Department

After a passerby called 911, firefighters arrived outside the house and found three children — ages 3, 6 and 9 — who said their mother was still inside.

A 39-year-old mother of three died after she was pulled from a burning home early Monday in west suburban Aurora.

A fire captain was injured during the rescue, which began about 3:45 a.m. at a two-story home in the 500 block of Spruce Street, the Aurora Fire Department said in a statement.

After a passerby called 911, firefighters arrived outside the house and found three children — ages 3, 6 and 9 — who said their mother was still inside, the department said.

The captain was hurt while crews moved the mother out a window of a second-floor bedroom, which suddenly caught fire. The 51-year-old captain was treated for burns to his upper back, neck and ear.

The mother was taken by paramedics to Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where she was pronounced dead, the department said. Her name wasn’t released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the department said.

The home was deemed uninhabitable, and there was no working smoke detector. The estimated loss was $85,000.

The 45-year-old father and three children plan to stay with relatives.

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Miranda González of UrbanTheater Company on what ‘cultural triage’ means for BIPOC theatersKerry Reidon January 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm

“We need to not only be trusted, but also championed.”

In my last column, I wrote about Brian Loevner and the white paper he’s created through his company, BLVE Consults, on the subject of “cultural triage” and what arts leaders and funders might need to do to ensure the survival (or help the ending process) for the arts in a post-pandemic world. But as Loevner himself acknowledges, the lens through which many arts consultants view the future of the field tends to be dominated by the experiences of predominantly white institutions (PWI).…Read More

Best Pet Adoption Places in Chicagoon January 25, 2021 at 6:20 pm

One thing (of many) that seems to have become clear in the last year is the fact that many of us crave connection and friendship. While we’ve been more isolated from other people, many Chicagoans have used the extra time at home (whether they’re working from home during the day or just not going out with friends in the evening) as an opportunity to open their hearts to another kind of connection: the love of a fuzzy companion. If you think you’re ready to meet your new best friend, check out these pet adoption shelters and rescues in Chicago.

ALIVE Rescue

1214 W Monroe St, Chicago IL 60607

Founded in 2008, ALIVE primarily rescues cats and dogs, prioritizing “animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area.” They aim to provide support to animals in need regardless of age, breed, or other factors that may cause them to be overlooked.


Red Door Animal Shelter

2410 W Lunt Ave, Chicago IL 60645


Red Door began in 1988 as the Chicago Community Humane Center, and was renamed in 2002— not long after the shelter’s rabbit rescue program was established. Red Door also cares for cats and dogs, but their rabbits are often the stars of the shelter’s Instagram account.

PAWS Chicago

1997 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL 60614

With several different Chicago sites (some for adoption, some for medical treatment or fostering), PAWS has put down extensive roots since its founding in 1997. After PAWS founders learned the frequency with which the city pound resorted to euthanasia, they were determined to champion a “No Kill” model of animal care and protection.

The Anti-Cruelty Society

510 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago IL 60654

This society was established in 1899 and opened its first small animal shelter in 1904. In the 117 years since, the organization has grown through numerous initiatives, new facilities, and countless other projects meant to protect animals in need.

One Tail at a Time

2144 N Wood St, Chicago IL 60614

Started “inside an Albany Park apartment among five friends,” One Tail a Time has grown from supporting other shelters to foster and rescue animals to hosting its own busy adoption program. They also have established a Kitten Team especially for young kittens, as well as vaccine clinics.

Pet Adoption Chicago Featured Image by Dgdom from Pixabay 

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