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Indie Office Chairs

Furniture company Herman Miller is using Chicago-based design platform Unbranded Designs to find furniture fitting the mobile offices of the future.

Old-School Moves

Witness hits "that would take the humps off a dromedary camel" with the Chicago Film Archives' videos of wrestling matches from the 1950's.

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Support Your Local Presidential Library

Proposals submitted by UIC and U of C are among the four semi-finalists named today for the future site of the Obama Presidential Library; the other sites are Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. Barack and Michelle will select the winner early next year.

Greening the Rails

An unused rail line in Englewood may be turned into an elevated park similar to The 606 on the North Side. See also "The Area," Gapers Block's award-winning short documentary about the Englewood neighborhood of the same name that's being demolished to make room for a new rail yard.

No Homework

One CPS school is banning homework for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders so they can read for fun and spend more time with their families.

Feeding Odd Obsessions

Chicagoist looks at how Odd Obsession Movies manages to thrive while video rental chains like Blockbuster were killed by Redbox and video streaming. (From the GB archives, here's a profile of Odd Obsession from 2004, when it was new.)

Ghosts in the Computer

The Chicago's Extinct Businesses Facebook page keeps the memory of long-shuttered local businesses alive. [via]

Dirty Schools Getting Dirtier

Despite complaints from principals about poor sanitation in schools, nearly 480 janitors will soon be laid off by Aramark, CPS's cleaning contractor.

Your New VentraPhone

Folks with Android phones running the 4.4 KitKat version of the OS can use the phone's near field communication capability to get on the CTA. [via]

Bob's in the Race

Current 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti announced this weekend that he's running for mayor.

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“Wait, what? That's right. My taxes are paying for bars that I and other members of this neighborhood can't even afford to patronize.”

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