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Walt's Place

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California has Disneyland and Florida has Disney World. But Chicago has Disney Home.

Now a California couple who bought the house where Walt Disney was born 112 years ago plans to turn it into a historical site and museum. According to a news release, they hope it will serve as a "community resource with a mission of enhancing and exploring childhood creativity."

A spokesman for new owners Dina Benadon and Brent Young said restoration is scheduled to start next month, with the hope that the project can be completed by what would have been Disney's 113th birthday, on Dec. 5, 2014.

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Serenity Now

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Air travel rarely inspires thoughts of relaxation and calm, particularly during the holiday season, but one major U.S. airport is joining a growing list of airports looking to change that.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the nation's busiest and most delay-prone airports, on Tuesday marked the grand opening of a new addition to help stressed-out travelers relax: a yoga room.

According to ABC Chicago, the room will allow travelers to unwind by doing yoga and meditating.

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CTA Train Cars Will Be Dirtier After Agency Cuts Work Program For Ex-Offenders, Union Warns

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The union representing CTA workers is warning that commuters relying on the agency's train lines should anticipate a dirtier ride in the new year.

Robert Kelly, president of the Local 308 chapter of the Amalgamated Transit Union, told the Chicago Tribune that the CTA has cut funding for the ex-offender apprenticeship program responsible for quick spot cleaning on the agency's train cars. As a result, Kelly claims, the trains will only be cleaned during midnight shifts, making for what could be "a serious health matter" for riders.

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Metra joins with the Marines and PODS for Toys for Tots Drive

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Metra, the United States Marines, and PODS® of Chicago are spreading holiday cheer tomorrow collecting Toys for Tots at all downtown Metra stations.

Hoping to transform its trains into Santa's sleds, Metra will be delivering toys from riders to Millennium, LaSalle Street, Chicago Union Station, Van Buren and the Ogilvie Transportation Center, where Metra workers and Marines will collect toys from commuters between 6a.m. to 1p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11th.

Also, Metra Interim Executive Director, Don Orseno, will join the Marines to greet and thank riders who donate toys at the LaSalle Street Station (located at 414 S. LaSalle St.)from 6:30a.m. to 7:30a.m., as well as at Millennium Station (located at Randolph and Michigan Ave.)from 7:40a.m. to 8:30a.m.

  • Written by Bianca Herron