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The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, launched his career with brooding, compelling #rnb noir mixtapes that often explored depraved relationships with an emotional detachment, buoyed by falsettos and wrapped in a narcotic-vibed musical haze. As he's progressed the dark themes have remained, but he's also become a bona fide pop star. And at his hit-filled performance at Allstate Arena on Tuesday, he had the charisma and moves to live up to the namesake of his recent effort. Tesfaye didn't address the tragedy from the night before after the deadly attack at the #ArianaGrande concert in #Manchester, England, nor the extra safety measures surrounding his show while onstage. Fans were instead treated to a joyfully delivered performance, and given how somber the circumstances were leading into the concert, it seemed to be exactly what was needed. Photo by Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune. Review by Althea Legaspi @theweeknd #TheWeeknd #concert #AllstateArena #Rosemont

Brittany Williamson, center, of Detroit, listens to speakers outside the McDonald's at Clark and Ontario Streets in Chicago on May 23, 2017, during a march and rally calling for a $15 minimum wage. About 1,500 people demonstrated downtown Tuesday afternoon, moving through the Near West Side and the Loop during the rainy rush-hour. "We want respect, put 15 on the check!'' they chanted. Fight for $15 began in 2012 when two hundred fast-food workers walked off the job to demand $15 per hour and union rights in New York City. Photo by Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune #minimumwage #Chicago #protest #rally #McDonald’s #fightfor15 #Detroit

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta paints the corners (of a door) in the school auditorium at Jahn School of Fine Arts in Chicago on Monday, May 22, 2017. Arrieta was helping paint the auditorium and banners that will hang in the auditorium through the Cubs "Let's Give" program. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune @josecito2 #paintingthecorners #jakearrieta @cubs #chicagocubs #letsgive

A woman zips along North Sedgwick Street during the early morning commute, on Monday, May 22, 2017, in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune @alyssapointerphoto #oldtownchicago #oldtown #towzone #betterhurry

Acrobats in spheres appear to float high above the crowds during the final weekend of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show titled "Out of This World" at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island in Uniondale, New York on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photographer @bzdak and @chicagotribune arts critic Chris Jones are spending the weekend with the circus as it heads toward its final performance Sunday night. @bzdak photo #circus #showtime

Writer Chris Borrelli and photographer @briancassella spent some time at the the 2017 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships at the Peoria Civic Center this week. Here’s a look at some of the contestants and their creations. Starling by Kim Kuenzel of Fayetteville, Ark., 11-foot Kodiak brown bear by Dale Selby, an orange-bellied leafbird by Zheng Mao Cai of China, a fox by Jordan Hackl of Warrenburg, Ill. and baby raccoons by Wendi Johnson of Sanford, Mich. @briancassella photo #taxidermy #taxidermist

"After 35 years and months as a prisoner, I want you to know I never, ever lost hope that I'd be here with you on Division Street in Humboldt Park," said Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, speaking in Spanish. For a moment late Thursday afternoon, it seemed like everyone in Humboldt Park had turned out to welcome home the Puerto Rican nationalist, newly free after more than three decades in prison. Posters proclaiming "Bienvenido" and Puerto Rican flags blanketed Division Street. A group played bomba music from a flag-festooned float. Many in the crowd consider Lopez a hero of the Puerto Rican independence movement and had waited decades for this moment. Lopez was considered a top leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, an ultranationalist Puerto Rican group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings at government buildings, department stores, banks and restaurants in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico during the 1970s and early '80s. Full story at Photo by Abel Uribe #FALN #PuertoRico #HumboldtPark #Chicago

Children from Carnegie and Pershing elementary schools, including Antowyn Richardson, top left, and Kyris Barnet, bottom left, compete in the Invest in Chess tournament at the University of Chicago Gordon Center on May 18, 2017. Invest in Chess is a chess advocacy initiative started by University of Chicago student Sharan Subramania that works with Chicago Public Schools students. Photo by Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune #chess #Chicago #CPS #UniversityofChicago #students

"If I can help someone, I want to do that and I will do that," said Frankie Allen, 52, as he cleaned a refrigerator to be sold outside One Stop Furniture & Appliance in the Englewood neighborhood on May 16, 2017. Allen was released from an Ohio prison on April 12 after serving 25 years. "I'm just taking a slow pace start," Allen said. "I'm going to continue to do what I know is right." Photo by @mandophotos/Chicago Tribune #Englewood #Chicago #prison #summer

Kids visit the Regenstein Center for African Apes Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago on Monday, May 15, 2017. @chicagotribune takes a tour highlighting the attractions of #Chicago’s free zoo this week. @josecito2 photo #zoo #apes #rorschach

Two Canada geese rest on the shore as the sun reflects on Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful spring morning at 31st Street Beach in Chicago Monday May 15, 2017. A peak in the upper 60s is expected today on the North Shore and low 80s are expected in the west and south suburbs. Can #summer be far behind? Nancy Stone photo.

"One of the best pieces of advice when I got into coaching was you can't put borders on anything," said Northwestern baseball coach Spencer Allen. Surrounded by successful coaching colleagues, Allen — the Big Ten's first African-American baseball coach — feels more inspired than intimidated. As the 39-year-old sat inside his office at newly renovated Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Allen promised nothing but hard work and humility leading a Northwestern team currently tied for eighth in the Big Ten. "We understand our place," Allen said, well aware Northwestern's baseball team hasn't played in an NCAA tournament since 1957. "What Chris (Collins) did with basketball, making the tournament in four years, is the cookie cutter we want to follow." Photo by John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune #baseball #Northwestern #coach #BigTen #college #ncaa

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