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A Chicago police officer checks Angelo Graham's license between songs as Graham dances to music dressed in a gorilla costume as a street performer along Michigan Avenue in the Loop.
A plan to virtually silence street performers along two of Chicago’s two prime downtown commercial corridors hit a speed bump Wednesday after musicians who ply their trade along Michigan Avenue and State Street and a prominent civil rights organization pushed back. @briancassella photo. #streetperformer

A woman walks with her umbrella on Ohio Street during an unusually warm day on Feb. 22, 2017 in the Loop. Temperatures hit 68 degrees Wednesday tying the record for the day but not reaching the overall record of 75 set in 1976. Photo by Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune @alyssapointerphoto #winter #spring #warm #shadow #chicago

Northwestern guard Isiah Brown, left, and Illinois guard Te'Jon Lucas battle under the basket in the second half at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The Illini completed a season sweep of the Wildcats with a 66-50 victory, giving them their first back-to-back regular-season Big Ten victories since the 2014-15 season. Northwestern (20-8, 9-6 Big Ten) finished the game shooting just 2 of 18. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune @nucciodinuzzo #illini #tejonlucas #isiahbrown #northwesternuniversity #bigten

A male red-winged blackbird calls out near Lincoln Park Zoo Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Chicago. @malarchy photo #blackbird #earlybird

A man walks through the American Writers Museum’s A Nation of Writers exhibit Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at a preview event. The museum is set to open on May 16 in Chicago at 180 N. Michigan Ave. It will celebrate authors from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss and has signed on 55 writers’ homes and museums around the country as affiliates. Adult admission will be $12. The 11,000-square-foot, second-floor museum is calling some of its exhibits The Mind of a Writer, A Writer’s Room, and Word Play. One feature will allow visitors to follow the travels of such peripatetic authors as Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. Nancy Stone/ Chicago Tribune #americanwritersmuseum @americanwritersmuseum #jackkerouac #johnsteinbeck

Sisters Mercedes Torres, left, and Rene Noel Blanchard watch the Chicago Cubs on the first day of live batting practice during spring training on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune #springtraining #cubs #chicagocubs #bp

Ciprian Sava and his son Sebastian, 2, of Chicago are out for a run at Northerly Island Friday and stopped to enjoy the view of the Chicago skyline. Chicago set a record high temperature Monday at O'Hare Airport, and with temperatures still rising it's not clear where the new record will stand, according to the National Weather Service. It's the fourth day in a row the city has seen record-high temperatures. Friday's record of 67 beat the old high of 60 in 1880. Saturday was 70, which beat a record of 62 from 1981. Sunday saw a high of 69, which overtook a high of 65 from 1930. The city also tied a February record for longest stretch of 60 degree or higher days in February with four. Nancy Stone photo #chicagoweather

Crosses built by Greg Zanis for gun violence homicide victims stand in an empty lot Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in the 5500 block of South Bishop Street in Englewood. On Sunday, standing with relatives of the victims and their supporters who had gathered, Rev. Dan Haas read the names of those killed this week in shootings across Chicago. @briancassella photo #gunviolence

Guide Jim Collins talks architecture aboard the Evening Star boat on the Chicago River Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The record-breaking temperature brought out Shoreline Sightseeing’s architecture tours Friday, departing from Navy Pier's Polk Bros. Park and floating down the Chicago River, passing landmarks that include the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and Marina City. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune @josecito2 #architecturetour #shoreline @shorelinesightseeing #chicagoriver #marinacity #springfever

Brian King, left, and David Prowse of @Japandroids perform at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Chris Sweda photo. #japandroids

White Sox pitcher Nate Jones laughs while stretching with teammates during spring training at Camelback Ranch Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune #springtraining #camelbackranch #natejones #whitesox #cactusleague #pitchersandcatchers

Female polar bear Nan shakes Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the Brookfield Zoo. She spent the past 16 years at the Toledo Zoo and was brought in with hopes she’ll mate with Brookfield’s male, the zoo announced Tuesday. She’s still separated from potential partner Hudson and the two will spend the next couple of weeks seeing and smelling each other, with a plan to begin cohabitation on Feb. 27, International Polar Bear Day. “She is a proven breeder,” said Amy Roberts, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “She is at an age appropriate to still have cubs. We have a youngish male here that has not had the opportunity to produce a cub yet.” Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune @nucciodinuzzo #polarbear #brookfieldzoo #internationalpolarbearday