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Working 360

What is it like working in Chicago? Find out through our day-in-the-life videos showing people on the job.

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‘Seal of approval’ sought to curb abuses at temporary staffing firms

Workers’ rights advocates say campaign would reward best practices.

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Every Monday is a giving day at Humboldt Park’s TurkeyChop

Quentin Love gives free meals to those in need every Monday afternoon out of his Humboldt Park restaurant.

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Benefits of medical marijuana inspire local cannabis cultivator

As cannabis jobs increase in Illinois, meet a woman working as crop cultivator at a local growing facility and see what her job involves.

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The freaks and monsters of the haunted house

Stephen Kristof says a haunted house is part performance theater, part amusement park.

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How a feline lover got tricked into becoming a dog person

Bianca Sedano has worked as a dog groomer for eight years, and wants owners to take the maintenance needs of their dogs more seriously.

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For a tennis ball, sheriff’s K-9 keeps court facilities safe from explosives

The bond between Sheriff's Officer Parker and his Dutch shepherd, Joey, is strong. "I would die for Joey and I'm sure he would give his life for me."

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Chicago’s architecture and diversity inspires nail technician’s designs

Jackie Van started working in her parents' nail salon as a teenager, now she owns her own shop in Wicker Park where she's known for detailed designs.

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Mixologist’s Chicago-inspired cocktail won her a trip to France

Spencer, who previously lived in New York, said Chicago gave her a greater opportunity as a woman of color to break into the bartending scene.

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At Lurie Children’s hospital, teaching is part of the healing process

The teachers who work at Lurie's Children's hospital make sure kids are on track academically, mentally and emotionally.

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Behind the ink: The tattoo scene keeps Felipe Sales ‘inspired’

Felipe Sales got started tattooing his friends from an online-bought DIY kit, but now he loves doing it professionally.

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Window washer describes the job: ‘You’re your own boss when you’re up there’

Gonzalo Guzman has worked at Service One Inc. for 13 years and is regularly assigned to clean the windows at the 60-story building at 300 N. LaSalle.

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Before The Plate is ‘therapeutic’ for culinary students

Fourteen Chicagoans participated in Before The Plate, a culinary arts training program offering the opportunity to work at the University of Chicago.

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Don’s Snack Attack aims to provide a ‘little bit of lightness’ at the courthouse

Don Bell, who is visually impaired, runs Don's Snack Attack, selling chips, coffee, soda and more in the lobby of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

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Chief pilot at Chicago Helicopter Experience: The job is ‘never boring’

The chief pilot at Chicago Helicopter Experience, who can go on as many as 20 tours in a day, said the job is never boring.

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Working Lollapalooza is ‘constant insanity:’ Edzo’s Burger Shop

The restaurant goes through about 100 pounds of beef every day, while the booth at Lollapalooza goes through about 700 pounds daily.

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Students introduced to ‘farm-to-fork’ practices at South Side farm

Five high schools students were introduced to farm-to-fork practices at Windy City Harvest's Legends Farm on Chicago's South Side.

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OEMC first deputy calls public safety ‘a way of life’

Helping to keep Chicago residents safe in all aspects is nothing short of "a way of life" for longtime city employee, Rich Guidice.

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Meet the woman leading the redesign of Walgreens in the Old Main Post Office

A woman is leading the team behind the interior redesign of Walgreens that will occupy 200,000 square feet in Chicago’s Old Main Post office.

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Residents cultivate job prospects at new urban farm in North Lawndale

The West Side neighborhood has welcomed Farm on Ogden, a new urban agriculture facility promoting healthy eating and job training in the community.

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Ahead of National Zookeeper Week, 2 Brookfield Zoo staffers talk about the work

The zookeepers at Brookfield Zoo are responsible for the overall care of the animals in their habitats, including feeding, cleaning and more.

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Elotero in Rogers Park: ‘When you love the work, it’s beautiful’

Felipe Vallarta serves elote by cutting the corn off the cob and throwing it in a styrofoam cup with butter, mayo, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper.

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Carpenters Union offers paid apprenticeship program: ‘It’s a lifestyle’

Students in the union's paid, four-year apprenticeship program can become certified and trained in a range of carpentry skills.