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One Bite: Chimney Cakes

Those who grew up carefully unraveling their cinnamon rolls to eat them in long strips will be smitten by Chicago’s first bakery and coffeehouse dedicated to the Hungarian-Romanian treat kürtös kalács, or “chimney cakes.” A strip of pastry dough is wrapped around a wooden spindle and brushed with oil and sugar, then baked; while the […]

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The Interrupters

Daughter of Black P. Stones and El Rukns leader Jeff Fort, Ameena Matthews was a drug ring enforcer in her youth. But after having children of her own and converting to Islam, Matthews committed herself to combating the same impulses of crime and violence that plagued her own upbringing. She became an “Interrupter,” one of […]

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The Road to Fallujah

Proudly “unembedded” in Iraq, Mark Manning claims to be the only Western journalist living among the civilians in the aftermath of the Battle of Fallujah, whose devastating consequences he documented in “The Road to Fallujah,” screening for free Tuesday 1/18 at DePaul University.