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Nik Wallenda - King of the high wire
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Man Will Walk Across Chicago on a Tightrope While Blindfolded

People have been doing crazy stunts forever. Probably for as long as there have been people.There was a great special about Harry Houdini on the History Channel not long ago, and one of the his stunts they highlighted was when Houdini jumped off a bridge in St. Louis and into a hole cut in the frozen Mississippi River... with his hands shackled and body covered in chains. Dangerous stunts aren't new, but they're always making headlines. It has been announced that the "king of the high wire" is going to walk across a tightrope 50 stories high in Chicago... while blindfolded. 

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Adams County Sheriff's Department
Adams County Sheriff's Department

Was Dr. Michael Swango Involved in The Tylenol Scare 32 Years Ago

Some 32 years ago on this date, seven people in the Chicago area died mysteriously. The only common denominator in their deaths was that they all used Extra Strength Tylenol. Shortly thereafter, it was determined that they all took Tylenol capsules that were laced with cyanide. The year was 1982. That was two years before the name Dr. Michael Swango became newsworthy.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Here’s How the Amtrak Train Turns Around

Each and every day there are two Amtrak trains that serve the Quincy area with trips to and from Chicago. The Illinois Zephyr leaves Quincy at 6:12 mornings and returns each night at 10:23. The Carl Sandburg departs Quincy each night at 5:30 and arrives in Chicago at 9:58. That train then returns the next morning at 7:35 from Chicago and arrives in Quincy at 12:03 p.m. With both trains routes ending in Quincy, I always wondered how the train actually turns around in West Quincy to prepare for the trip back to Chicago.

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ThinkStock
ThinkStock

Are You an Oddball? Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival Coming to Chicago

Definition of an "oddball" is: eccentric, irregular, one-of-a-kind, freak, creeper.

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Howard Jones
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Retro Futura Tour to Bring 80s Stars to Chicago

Earlier in the summer, a number of artists who conquered the charts during the 90s made a stop in Springfield on the Under the Sun Tour. On August 27, several huge acts from the 80s will appear in Chicago.

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Scott Olsen, Getty Images
Scott Olsen, Getty Images

Have You Been in The Glass Enclosure at The Willis Tower?

I know it is old news but just about everyone knows by now that the glass enclosed ledge at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sear's Tower) in Chicago had some breakage of its floor last week. The cracks appeared on the top layer of glass  and no one was actually in danger.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Pets Now Allowed on The Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg

Amtrak travelers between Chicago and Quincy will now be allowed to take small cats and dogs with them for $25 in the first test in the nation of what could become a system wide pets-on-board Amtrak policy. The Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains will be the first Amtrak testing grounds for the service.

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Kids flying kites
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Go Fly a Kite in Chicago

If you want to get away for a while and have some fun, Chicago is the place to be May 3.

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PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment

Christine McVie Reunites With Fleetwood Mac For New Tour, Will Stop in Chicago This Fall

Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks will tour together for the first time in 16 years. It has been announced that Fleetwood Mac's 'On With The Show' Tour will kick off September 20 in Minneapolis. Of the concert dates that have been announced so far, a Thursday, October 2 performance at the United Center in Chicago is the tour stop closest to us.

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Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Thunderbirds and Blue Angels Are Flying Again

A year ago I wrote a scathing blog criticizing the government for cancelling all of the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels performances in 2013. Well, after a year off due to government cutbacks, the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are resuming their high flying acrobatic shows all over the United States this year.

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