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Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 05:26 PM CDT

Cancer Survivors Open Pop-Up Chicago Thrift Shop to Pay it Forward

Cancer Survivors Open Pop-Up Chicago Thrift Shop to Pay it Forward

A female-run Chicago group made up of breast cancer survivors set up a pop-up thrift store at The Resurrection Project in Pilsen. Open every Monday and Friday, funds will help support the group's mission of...

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 04:52 PM CDT
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'Girls on the Run' Chicago 5K Inspires Confidence, Strength

Hundreds of girls hit the pavement for a great cause this weekend in Chicago. The...View gallery

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Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 at 10:28 AM CDT

‘Enchanted Backpack’: Helping Chicago-Area Schools That Lack Resources

‘Enchanted Backpack’: Helping Chicago-Area Schools That Lack Resources

Every fall, NBC participates in a massive school supply drive and we partner with ‘Enchanted Backpack.’ NBC 5’s Michelle Relerford sits down with the organizations’ founder Carol Lavin...

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 09:04 PM CDT

Residents Making a Big Difference in Franklin Park

Residents Making a Big Difference in Franklin Park

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has been out at Franklin Park Fest all day, and to help celebrate the town, she's showcasing the impact of people that are making a difference in their community. 

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 09:00 PM CDT

Local Group Aims to Get Kids Supplies For School

Local Group Aims to Get Kids Supplies For School

The National Retail Federation estimates families will spend nearly $650 getting their young kids ready for school. For many in the Chicago-area, that isn't possible, and NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz shows us how a...

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 06:12 PM CDT

Celebrating Franklin Park: Owner of Beloved Bakery Shares Secret to Longevity

Celebrating Franklin Park: Owner of Beloved Bakery Shares Secret to Longevity

For 29 years, Aracely's Bakery has been part of the Franklin Park community, creating three generations of supporters and lovers of Aracely's conchas and award-winning tamales. So what's the secret to their...

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 05:11 PM CDT

Story of Franklin Park Steeped in History

Story of Franklin Park Steeped in History

Northwest suburban Franklin Park was built on the dream of one German immigrant. Lesser Franklin came to the U.S. and moved west, opening general stores and eventually going into real estate. Franklin's first...

Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 03:32 PM CDT

Celebrating Your Chicago-Area Town: Join NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago LIVE

Celebrating Your Chicago-Area Town: Join NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago LIVE

This summer NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are celebrating Chicago-area communities and shining a light on what makes them so special.

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 10:25 PM CDT

'Guitars Over Guns': Uniting Through Music in Hopes of Ending Violence

'Guitars Over Guns': Uniting Through Music in Hopes of Ending Violence

Music has the power to bring diverse communities together, and help change a young person's future. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on a non-profit that's taking part in the 'Strides For Peace Race...

Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 at 03:45 PM CDT

'Mardi Bra': Party With A Purpose to Help Homeless Women

'Mardi Bra': Party With A Purpose to Help Homeless Women

NBC 5's Michelle Relerford sits down with Associate Professor at Purdue University Dr. Nicky Jackson on helping the female homeless population with their upcoming "Mardi Bra" event.

Making a Difference Resources

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