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Guide Jim Collins talks architecture aboard the Evening Star boat on the Chicago River Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The record-breaking temperature brought out Shoreline Sightseeing’s architecture tours Friday, departing from Navy Pier's Polk Bros. Park and floating down the Chicago River, passing landmarks that include the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and Marina City. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune @josecito2 #architecturetour #shoreline @shorelinesightseeing #chicagoriver #marinacity #springfever

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Brian King, left, and David Prowse of @Japandroids perform at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Chris Sweda photo. #japandroids

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White Sox pitcher Nate Jones laughs while stretching with teammates during spring training at Camelback Ranch Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune #springtraining #camelbackranch #natejones #whitesox #cactusleague #pitchersandcatchers

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Female polar bear Nan shakes Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the Brookfield Zoo. She spent the past 16 years at the Toledo Zoo and was brought in with hopes she’ll mate with Brookfield’s male, the zoo announced Tuesday. She’s still separated from potential partner Hudson and the two will spend the next couple of weeks seeing and smelling each other, with a plan to begin cohabitation on

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Ynique Pates, left, and boyfriend Erik Campbell kiss during a free ride on the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Navy Pier is celebrating Valentine's Day and National Ferris Wheel Day with free rides on the Centennial Wheel. Antonio Perez photo. #valentinesday #ferriswheel #navypier

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Vidal Lopez, left, uses the door handle to catch his balance as his prosthetist, David Rotter, encourages him as they walks down the hallway in Vidal's new pair of prosthetic legs at the University of Illinois at Chicago hospital, Monday, February 13, 2017. @heather.abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and founder of The Heather Abbott Foundation, teamed up with Scheck & Siress, a Chicago based prosthetic firm,

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The marquee at Sloan Park is lit before dawn on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz., a day before Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers are to officially report for spring training. Position players report on Feb. 17. The Cubs enter spring training as defending World Series champions for the first time since 1909. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune #springtraining #sloanpark #cubs #chicagocubs #pitchersandcatchers #cactusleague

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The Krueger sisters — Hope, 13, and Raya, 12 — are among the first African-Americans to compete in ski jumping in the U.S. Both girls are competing in the International Winter Tournament at the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, trying to qualify for Fly Girls, a feeder program to the U.S. national team. Slightly taller than her sister, "Ray-dog" serves as Hope's protector, on the

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Marquis Paino, bottom left, relaxes as his team members wrestle playfully during practice at Bowen High School in South Chicago on Jan. 25, 2017. Bowen wrestling coach Ron Wilson promised the members of the wrestling team a light week of practice before a rigorous week leading up to the regional championship tournament. The Bowen High School wrestling team is one of the top squads in Chicago. Despite entering high school

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Lucas Nichols, left, and Gary Lynn pack snow into the tracks on top of the 150 foot tall tower at Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove on Tuesday night. Norge Ski Club members and area volunteers came together for the Club's annual "snow the tower" night where they pack the tracks of the ski jump with snow in preparation for the 112th annual Norge Ski Jump Competition this

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A man fishes off the pier near Montrose Harbor on a warm and foggy Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Chicago. Illinois recorded its 14th-warmest January on record and snowfall during the month was almost nonexistent, with less than an inch reported in many locations. Photo by Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune @malarchy #fog #chicago #winter #fishing

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