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Lincoln Park non-profit hopes to rebuild lives through restoring furniture

By Dena Khalafallah
Medill Reports

Every time a homeowner renovates their home — every time a company deconstructs a building — it leaves a massive footprint on the environment. And it doesn’t need to be that way, because most of the material can be brought back to life, according to the Rebuilding Exchange Warehouse.  The non-profit reconditions furniture and appliances rescued from the landfill.

And it also aims to help people restore their own lives by  employing them and teaching them new skills.

Photo at top: Stanley Branch rebuilt his life at a place that rebuilds furniture and recycles building materials. (Dena Khalafallah/MEDILL)

For Native American youth, the hoop dance is more than a competition

By Dena Khalafallah
Medill Reports

The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest is held annually at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Judges determine the top winners in five age divisions by evaluating dancers’ precision, timing, rhythm, showmanship, speed and creativity.

In Native American hoop dancing, the hoops represent different stages and forms of existence and how they’re interconnected.

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The Polish Community Celebrates Paczki Day With Illinois Gov.

By Dena Khalafallah
Medill Reports

Chicago’s Polish community celebrated Paczki Day on February 8 with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Polish American Association’s (PAA) Southside office. PAA board members and guests indulged in Paczki donuts for Fat Thursday, which is known as Paczki Day by the Polish community. Chicagoans can support the Polish immigrant community by purchasing Paczkis from Oak Mill Bakery on February 8 and 13.

PHOTO AT TOP: Sugar glazed and powdered Paczki donuts made by Oak Mill Bakery were available for sale at the Polish American Association event. (Dena Khalafallah/MEDILL)

Local haunts for Pats and Eagles fans prepare for Sunday’s big matchup

By Dena Khalafallah
Medill Reports

The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off Sunday in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. It’s a big day for football fans, but perhaps an even bigger one for local fans of the Patriots and Eagles and the bars that regularly host them.

PHOTO AT TOP: Kinzie Schweigert, events and marketing manager for Mad River Bar & Grille in Lakeview, unfurls an Eagles banner in preparation for Super Bowl LII. (Dena Khalafallah/MEDILL)