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How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather

Beware of antifreeze: Spillages become hazardous to animals because they are drawn to the smell and sweet taste of ethylene glycol in regular antifreeze, which crystallizes in their lungs and kills them.

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Top baby names for 2020 influenced by Reese Witherspoon and Billie Eilish, says one source

Parents are looking back centuries to consider boys’ names like Acacius and Lucius, according to the website Nameberry.com.

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New Lenox girl with Down syndrome dazzles in American Girl’s holiday catalog

Kristin Kimble said that her daughter being thrust into the spotlight is a "huge step in the right direction" for children and adults with disabilities, who are "underrepresented" in the media.

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Oprah reveals her favorite things for 2019: Here are some of the most, least expensive items

The list, returning for its 23rd year, will be featured in the December issue of O magazine, on newsstands Nov. 19.

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Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to North, South America

West said he plans to make his manufacturing entirely eco-friendly, moving it all to South and North America in the next two years, including at his 4,000-acre ranch in Cody, Wyoming.

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Marie Kondo children’s book hopes to help make your kids tidy

Her debut children’s picture book is titled "Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship."

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Hot flashes are awful, so these menopausal moms designed pajamas to help symptoms

By 2025, there will be more than one billion women experiencing menopause in the world, and as the stigma decreases, experts say there is room for growth in the market of menopause management.

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Online ordering boom gives rise to ‘virtual restaurants’ and ‘ghost kitchens’

Thousands of restaurants are experimenting with these virtual spinoffs tucked inside their own kitchens. Others are opening "ghost kitchens," where all food is prepared to-go.

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12 wine bottles arrive at International Space Station — for year of aging

The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process.

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CTA ‘L’ board game debuts later this month

EL: The Chicago Transit Adventure! takes players on a train adventure across Chicago.

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2019 Christkindlmarket mugs revealed — the boot is back

Three designs will be featured this year, as well as the latest addition to the children’s mugs series.

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Designer Zac Posen, a red carpet favorite, shuts down his fashion label

An announcement from the label’s owners, House of Z and Z Spoke, noted late Friday that the company could no longer continue operations. It had been in a sale process.

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TV streaming services: All the major options, from Netflix to Apple TV+, ranked

Not all streaming services are created equal. Before you subscribe to the latest, consider these, ranked from best to worst. We’ve included only services not available as a cable channel.

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6 ways parents can reduce heavy metals in their baby’s food

One study tested 168 baby foods from 61 brands and nearly all of them contained some amount of lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium.

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McDonald’s re-releasing classic toys in limited-edition Surprise Happy Meals

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal, the Chicago-based restaurant chain is bringing back some of the most popular meal toys from the past four decades for a limited time only.

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Washing your jeans? It’s fine to wait weeks — even six months or more, experts say

It’s better for the environment, it keeps jeans looking good and less-faded for longer, and, most importantly, it reduces laundry.

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‘Joy of Cooking,’ America’s most popular cookbook: 9 things you should ahead of 9th edition

Almost 20 million copies of "Joy of Cooking" are in print today. It has been published continuously since 1936.

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Hard Rock opens world’s first guitar-shaped hotel

The guitar-shaped hotel features the recognizable body of an guitar but stops short of including the long, thin neck that houses the frets in a real instrument.

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Kristin Cavallari’s Uncommon James opens in Chicago’s West Loop: PHOTOS

Kristin Cavallari and husband Jay Cutler were on hand Saturday morning for the grand opening of the shop’s first Chicago location.

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Snickers giving away free bags of candy; how to get one in time for Halloween

Go to OneMillionSnickers.com to sign up for a gift card good for one bag of Snickers Fun Size bars.

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How to quit stalling and write your will — you’ll be glad you did

If you get no further than scribbling notes or thinking about which lawyer to hire, you risk dying "intestate" — without a will that could guide your loved ones, head off family feuds and potentially save your family thousands of dollars.

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Uncommon James store opening a homecoming for Kristin Cavallari

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be alongside his wife for the opening this weekend of her shop in the West Loop.

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‘Extreme’ haunted house requires 40-page waiver, insurance, drug test

Owner Russ McKamey offers $20,000 to anyone who completes the eight-hour "tour," but says no one ever has.

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Food not tasting the same lately? Here’s why

Maybe even more important than a loss of sensitive taste buds with age is a loss of smell. That’s because taste and smell are intimately connected.

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Hallmark Christmas movies begin before Halloween! Here’s the schedule of 40 new titles

The Hallmark Channel kicks off its "Countdown to Christmas" on Oct. 26 and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ "Miracles of Christmas" programming starts Oct. 25.

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Louvre exhibit celebrates the many facets of Leonardo Da Vinci, 500 years after his death

Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection and institutions around the world, the exhibit brings together some 160 works. They include Da Vinci masterpieces, dozens of studies and scientific sketches, and pieces by other artists in Da Vinci’s orbit.

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The thirst days of Christmas: Aldi, Kroger to sell wine Advent calendars

At Aldi, the collection of bottles joins similar calendars featuring toys, chocolate, dog treats and now beer.

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Modernized campgrounds could be coming soon to national parks

Redesigning some campgrounds, and adding running water, tent and cabin rentals, food trucks, extended family sites and Wi-Fi at select parks could boost revenue and encourage more people to stay overnight.

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Why today’s newspaper is pink

Today is National Mammography Day. Pink is the universal color of breast cancer awareness, so we’re shading the pages of our Friday paper pink to shine an even brighter spotlight on the cause.

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Art Institute pulls out all the stops for massive Andy Warhol retrospective

It’s the first major exhibit of the artist’s work in 30 years, encompassing all media that he worked in — from paintings to prints and film to TV, music and books.

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LaQuan Smith celebrates diversity, inclusion in his fashions

As a company, he’s a man of action, making broad use of Latina, black, Asian and curvy models to walk his runways.

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Chicago Christmas Tree lighting set for Nov. 22 in Millennium Park

The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is currently in the midst of its annual Christmas tree contest.