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@barackobama lifted the veil on his retirement Monday at a @uchicago forum, engaging students with a message calling on them to use empathy and listen to those with whom they disagree. "I have to say that there's a reason why I'm always optimistic when things look like they're sometimes not going the way I want. And that is because of young people like this," Obama said. The discussion with six younger people, including four students, featured Obama taking a historical perspective of his years as an organizer, state senator, U.S. senator and president. "I am the first to acknowledge I did not set the world on fire, nor did I transform these communities in any significant way," he said of his days as a community organizer on the South Side. "But it did change me. This community gave me more than I was able to give in return. This community taught me that ordinary people, when working together, can do extraordinary things," he said. @bzdak photos #obama #uchicago

As daylight fades, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Equitable Building and the Chicago skyline are seen last week from the Trump Tower. Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune @briancassella #chicagoarchitecture #wrigleybuilding #tribunetower #equitablebuilding #chicagoskyline #fromtrumptower #chicagoriver

Scroll through for an exclusive tour of the inner workings of the Crown Fountain at Chicago's Millennium Park. The fountain has undergone a $3.7 million renovation and updating as engineers prepare to turn the fountain on for the first time in 2017. The twin, glass-block towers of the fountain have been a public face of Chicago in its most popular park with the fountain's colorful full-mug videos spitting water onto delighted waders below. When the water gets turned on for the season Saturday, visitors will see new, brighter, more energy efficient LED screens depicting the work's signature imagery: faces of Chicagoans from across the city's cultural span who stare, then purse their lips to "spit" a jet of water, then smile. What won't change are the faces themselves "The faces that were part of the piece 13 years ago will be the faces always. It makes it more timeless," said Mark Kelly, commissioner of DCASE, which helped organize the rehab project as part of its 2017 Year of Public Art initiative. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune @josecito2 #crownfountain #millenniumpark

In just a few short months, the Haj Khalaf family has gone from sweating and sleeping together in a single cloth tent at a Turkish refugee camp to a life in America. The family is safe now, and all together. It's a sense of peace the Syrian refugees have cherished even during the most mundane moments since their tearful reunion at O'Hare International Airport in February, when the family's 23-year-old daughter, her husband and now 19-month-old daughter were finally allowed to join her parents and siblings in the U.S. after being stuck in limbo by an executive order banning refugees from the war-torn country. Khaled Haj Khalaf, the family patriarch, has found work as a pastry chef at a popular Ravenswood takeout restaurant, returning to the profession he was forced to abandon when war shut down businesses in Aleppo, where they lived. Link to full story in profile. Photos @malarchy #Syrian #Syria #Turkey #Aleppo #refugee #immigration #Chicago #Skokie #pastrychef

"I do not do what I do for money. I come from a place with no money and don't expect I will ever have a lot of it.” Malcolm was 19 when he said this, living in the Austin neighborhood with his mother and younger brother, fresh out of Lincoln Park High School, fresh off winning individual honors at the Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry festival. It has been a very active four years. He has been across the country teaching and performing. He has shared a stage with actor Matt Damon; appeared on PBS for the first televised TED Talk on the topic of "ways to reinvent education"; and hosted events with his friend Chance the Rapper. In all this time he has never stopped thinking about the place in which he lives. "Every day I see people who are actively fighting for a better life...But I don't lose hope because of the young people who, whether they see a funeral or people they know go off to prison, are still able to find hope in themselves and in this city." Photo @alyssapointerphoto #Chicago #poetry #LouderThanABomb #Austin @malcolmlondon @chancetherapper #chancetherapper

A naturalization ceremony held for 119 new Americans was held Wednesday April 19, 2017 at the Citizenship and Immigration Services Chicago Field Office. Edwin Oribello, from the Philippines brushed the hair of his daughter Elana Jed, 89-year-old Filomena Castro proudly held her certificate and Anna Sabovic recites a pledge. @pvelasquez52 photos #immigration #immigrants

Jessica Salgado picks up her daughter Lilah McCoy, 7, from school with her husband Patrice McCoy on April 6, 2017 in Logan Square. Salgado, 24, said her parents brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was 3. She didn't realize she was in the country illegally until she tried to apply for financial aid during her senior year of high school. Unable to afford college tuition, she opted to work and save money for school down the line. "College really was something I wanted to do," Salgado said. "But I knew I couldn't do it if I didn't have the income." Salgado works two jobs while taking classes at Truman College and caring for Lilah. She said she hopes to save enough money to resume applying for permanent residence. "The future feels very uncertain," she said. Photo @briancassella #immigration #Mexico #LoganSquare #immigrant #Chicago #daca

A man walks on Lake Street past the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop on a beautiful and sunny Monday, April 17, 2017. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune @josecito2 #thompsoncenter #chicagoweather #loop #chicagoloop

Hundreds marched for peace along the streets of Englewood along with Cardinal Blase Cupich, activists and elected officials on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Cardinal Blase Cupich had gathered the crowd outside St. Benedict the African East Catholic Church for a peace walk through the violence-plagued neighborhood to pray the annual Stations of the Cross. Those walking through Englewood's streets Friday came from all over the city, and many noted the diversity of both race and religion. Cupich offered a message to Chicagoans who may find themselves turning to guns. "I want to say something to all those young people, who are convinced that the only road ahead is violence," he said. "Look at the faces of the people here today ... those who are victims left behind by the deaths of their sons, brothers, cousins, daughters. Have compassion for them." Photos by Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune #violence #peace #march #Cardinal #GoodFriday #Englewood #Chicago

“I’m feeling pain going through my body, but I don’t know what to do. It’s excruciating pain,” recounts Elaina Turner about the 2013 confrontation at her and Ulysses Green’s former Back of the Yards block that led to Turner being stunned with a Taser by Chicago police Officer Patrick Kelly. Turner was pregnant at the time, and a few days later, she had a miscarriage. Records obtained by the Tribune show Kelly has had a turbulent career: He has been found mentally unfit for duty twice, arrested two times and accused of beating a girlfriend. He has been sued six times and has been the subject of more than two dozen investigations into his on- and off-duty conduct. LINK in profile to story and videos. Photo by @briancassella / Chicago Tribune #Chicago #police #investigation #BackoftheYards #taser

J.J. Madia, a civil engineer with CDOT, stands in the #tunnels 40 feet below the Chicago #Loop on April 11, 2017. Twenty-five years after the Great Chicago #Flood paralyzed downtown — shutting down power and prompting an evacuation that would affect financial markets and bring business to a halt for days — those who were there vividly recall that spring day when 124 million gallons of water from the #ChicagoRiver flowed into the city's maze of underground freight tunnels and building basements, turning the Loop into a ghost town. The tunnel system remains in use, chiefly as a conduit for utility wires and cables. Bulkheads have been installed and other safeguards put in place to prevent a repeat of the 1992 flood. Photo by @briancassella / Chicago Tribune #tunnel #Chicago #GreatFlood #CDOT

Englewood resident Mikyeal Mitchell, 7, center, takes a break while helping clean up a vacant lot during the Mothers Against Senseless Killings spring break sit-out Monday in Englewood. The lot, located on the corner of West 75th Street and South Stewart Avenue, was purchased by members of M.A.S.K. and will be turned into an outdoor community center for families to gather in Englewood.
Two years ago, Tamar Manasseh and a number of other mothers fed up with the bloodshed decided to take action. Wearing bright pink T-shirts, they set up a row of lawn chairs at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue on the southern edge of Englewood in an effort to deter would-be troublemakers. Since then, Manasseh’s moms have hosted regular block party style sit-ins at the intersection on weekends and during school breaks.
The mothers are setting up shop on different street corners for three days this week in West Garfield Park, Englewood and South Chicago in hopes of encouraging other neighborhoods to try their approach. @alyssapointerphoto #violence #Chicago #MASK #springbreak

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